1st Team Selection & Meet Time – 17.11.12

Home to Leamington (LEAGUE MATCH) – Meet at the PITCH at 12.00pm for a 1.00pm push back.

Team to play:

Brad Evans

Andy Barnett

Richard Bukka

Steve Marsh

Simon Parnell

Ben Hollands

Giles Rowden

James Gillingham

Andy Peatfield

Adam Kyle

Dan Howe

James Faulconbridge

John Peatfield

Please come down and support us!!

1st Team Match Report v Whitchurch

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team finally secured their first West Midland Division 1 win of the season, beating bottom side Whitchurch HC 5-1 last weekend.  Despite the fact Stafford were just one place above Whitchurch, they were able to show the difference in class between the teams with a clinical performance.

 

Stafford got off to the best possible start when poor Whitchurch discipline saw them concede a penalty corner in the first minute.  Giles Rowden beat a couple of players before slipping the ball to Ben Hollands who duly slotted it home.  This lifted Stafford’s spirits and they were able to create several chances, the best falling to Andy Peatfield who found himself with a one on one with the excellent Whitchurch keeper, the latter made a great save to deny Peatfield. It fell to Andy’s brother John Peatfield to set up the next goal, his sharp pass found Mike Wymer in space, Wymer worked his way to the baseline and was able to find James Gillingham clear at the far post who finished easily.

 

Stafford were 2-0 up at the break but knew the game was not over, Whitchurch’s young team were able to string some passes together in the second half and duly won a penalty corner, the ball was slipped left and although Simon Parnell thought he had cleared, the ball fell kindly to a Whitchurch player who fired home.  Stafford were obviously frustrated by this, but were able to score again quickly when Andy Peatfield turned scorer after Gillingham unselfishly played to ball to him to score at the far post.  Steve Marsh then scored the best goal of the game when he smashed it into the corner of the goal from the top of the circle.  The final goal came as Whitchurch pushed forward, Dan Howe slotted a quick shot home from a narrow angle.

 

Stafford will be hoping that this result can kick start their season as they play Leamington Spa HC next week at home, 1.00pm start.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 10th. November 2012 Re : Old Wulfs Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 10th. November 2012 Re : Old Wulfs Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms ( 4pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School )

Old Wullfs Fathoms 7 v Stafford Fathoms 1 ( H/T : 3-1 )
( Scorers : Old Wulfs Player Own Goal )

Stafford Fathom Team : Chris Pendleton ( GK ), Andrew Whitehouse, Peter Powers, Ashley Dunn, Ben Waller, Adam Robinson, Jack Fudger, Matthew Till, Sam Gibson, Taran Bassie, Tom Cope, Jack Hodkinson & Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ).

Car Drivers : Peter Powers, Ashley Dunn, Lynda Gibson ( Sam Gibson’s Mum ) , Jack Hodkinson’s Parents / Dad & John Sinclair ( went direct to game bye passed meet time at club ).

This was Stafford Fathoms only second game of the season away, the previous one being over four weeks ago at Tamworth, which they won 1-0. However, the fathoms unfortunately found the first ten minutes on the Wolverhampton Grammar School pitch and the pace of the game hard to adjust to ( not sure if the journey by the team to Wolverhampton had had an effect on them ) and they soon found themselves two nil down. Then Ashley Dunn temporarily came off with a slightly injured hand and the captain John Sinclair ( who unfortunately could not be there for the start of the game, hence being a sub ) came on and between him, Pete Powers & Sam Gibson in defence that seemed to steady the side, but Chris Pendleton ( who again was playing in goals for the fathoms ) still had to pull off a number of saves so as to keep Stafford Fathoms in the game and just before half time the forward line of Adam Robinson, Ben Waller and Andrew Whitehouse put the Old Wulfs deence under some pressure, which produced a goal for the fathoms with one of Old Wulfs defenders inadvertently putting the ball into their own net, but despite not being able to capitalize on this goal plus alot of hard work by the team, they were unable to prevent Old Wulfs scoring another goal just before half time and therefore at half time Stafford Fathoms found themselves 3-1 down.

The second half, saw Stafford Fathoms defence which now included Ashley Dunn & Tarran Bassie who had come on for Pete Powers, playing alot more solidly than they have for the last few weeks and despite coming under pressure from Old Wulfs they were managing ( for most of the time ) to keep them at bay and it also allowed the Stafford Fathom midfield of Jack Fudger, Matthew Till, Tom Cope & Jack Hodkinson, who was having an excellant game out on the left wing, were now being able to create some good chances for the forward line and on a number of occassions Adam Robinson and Ben Waller, went very close to getting a second goal for Stafford Fathoms, just good keeping by the Old Wulfs keeper, prevented this from happening. Unfortunately towards the end of the game some bad marking especially by the captain ( i.e. not getting close to their Old Wulfs attackers ) allowed Old Wulfs a number of good chances to score, which Chris Pendleton in goals had very little chance of saving and when the final whistle blew Stafford Fathoms despite alot of hard work and endeavour, found that they had lost the game 7-1 but they did receive after the game, alot of praise from the opposition, Old Wulfs on how we played and the really good spirit that our team played in.

Next week see the fathoms on the road again, as they are down to play Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms and at this moment in time it is a 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University ( Walsall Campus ( off Magdalene Road ) WS1 3BD ), but it might have to be re-arranged later in the week ( i.e. after team selection on Tuesday evening / before hockey training ) to being at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 10am push back ( will keep all fathom players posted on this. Those who didn’t play for fathoms yesterday, need to know your availability for this game i.e. Ben Gledhill, Harry Coltman, Tristan Pomfret & Amjid Mahmood ).

Hopefully Stafford Fathoms can build on the way they played yesterday against Old Wulfs, by getting the defence even tighter than they were yesterday and do try and keep like that for the whole of the game ( i.e. from start to finish ) because it appears when the defence is solid, it seems to create alot more good chances / movement for the midfield and the forwards of the fathom team to play in and enjoy.

Fathom Team – 10th Nov

Please find below the revised Fathom Team ( which is now down to only 13 players ) as at Thursday 8th. November 2012 to play Old Wulfs Fathoms AWAY on Saturday 10th. November 2012 Re : 4pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB.

(All Players down to play, please meet at 2.30pm at Stafford Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH and Peter Powers will be organising Transport / Cars to Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB as I will unfortunately not be able to make the meet time of 2.30pm due to other commitments and will be making my own way to the fathom game at Wolverhampton Grammar School)

K.I.V.
Re : Fathom Team Car Journey to Wolverhampton Grammar School this Saturday ( 10th. November 2012 ).
To get to Wolverhampton Grammar School you will have to go past Molineux Wolves Football Ground and they are at home this Saturday to Brighton Hove Albion ( 3pm kick off ), so if you leave Stafford Hockey Club at 2:45pm, you should all being well go past Wolves Football Ground after kick off and therefore miss the crowds / traffic outside the ground.

Any players listed below who between now and 2.30pm on Saturday 10th. November 2012, find that they cannot play ( for whatever reason ) or I have listed you as being available, when you have told me that your not available for this game ( i.e. I’ve unfortunately forgotten to make a note of it ), then please do not hesitate to let me know a.s.a.p. by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks.

1. Chris Pendleton informed me at training on Tuesday 6th. November, that he was willing to go in goals again for the Fathoms, as Nick Brooker, who I originally had down earlier in the week to play in goals for the Fathom Team this Saturday is now is going to be asked by the 4th. Team Captain, Neil Jinks to play in goals for them ( Re : Team Selection ). Hoping Mike Wymer who is playing in the first team this Saturday ( as an out player ) will let us borrow his goalkeeping kit for Chris to use in our Fathom game away to Old Wulfs Fathoms.
( Chris, can you please also bring your fathom match fee for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 )

2. Sam Gibson ( Sam’s mum Lynda has confirmed she will be 1 of the 3 car drivers Re : transporting of fathom players to game in Wolverhampton )

3. Peter Powers ( 1 of 3 car drivers who will also be transporting the goalkeeping kit, fathom team white shirts, water bottles / carrier for half time drink for fathom players and the 5ths first aid kit bag )

4. Matthew Till

5. Andrew Whitehouse

6. Adam Robinson

7. Ashley Dunn ( 1 of 3 car drivers, who has already this season played at Wolverhampton Grammar School Re : a few weeks ago for the 4th. Team, so hopefully he should know where it is and how to get there )

8. Ben Waller

9. Jack Fudger ( he in informed me at training on Tuesday 6th. November, that he was now fit again ( after missing a couple of games due to being injured ) and available to play this Saturday.

+ 3 Junior Players : Taran Bassie, Tom Cope ( missed last Saturday’s Fathom game, after being injured from the previous fathom game against North Staffs Fathoms on Saturday 27th. October 2012 ) & Jack Hodkinson ( missed last Saturday’s fathom game due to other commitments ) .

13. Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ) ( will start game as 1 of the 2 subs on the side lines, as might not be able to get their for start of the game at 4pm )

Can all players listed above except the goalkeeper, please bring a top or hoodie etc. to wear Re : the rolling on & rolling off of substituitions of 2 players during the game ( which I will be one of them to start with ).

Any problems or queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. either by text or calling me, otherwise I will see all of you that are down to play for the Fathoms this Saturday ( 10th. November 2012 ) at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Unfortunately, I will not see you for the meet at 2.30pm at Stafford Hockey Club, as I am going direct to Wolverhampton Grammar School. Peter Powers has kindly volunteered to deal with fathom players meeting at Stafford Hockey Club Re : transporting of players to Wolverhampton Grammar School from Stafford Hockey Club.

Please let me have your match fee after this game, at the pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School, which our Fathom Team have all been invited to by our opponents Old Wulfs, Re : teas and something to drink after this game has finished. However, if anyone needs to get back straight after this game has finished, then please do not hesitate to let me know by text to 07966398190 before Saturday 10th. November 2012, so that I can make arrangements for one car to come back straight after the game has finished. If I don’t hear from any of you on this matter Re : going to the pub for teas / something to drink after this game, I will assume you are all OK about going to the pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School and on that basis I would say / guess that the fathom team will not be back in Stafford / Stafford Hockey Club until after 7pm.

John Sinclair
Fathom / 5th. Team Captain ( 2012 / 2013 )

Mobile No : 07966398190
E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Fathom Team / Squad for Saturday 10th. November 2012 – Away to Old Wulfs Fathoms

For all of you that in the Fathom Squad to play this Saturday, it is important you read all of this message from start to finish – Thanks

Below is the revised Stafford Fathom Squad after team selection with club captains ( i.e. 1st. 2nd. 3rd. & 4ths Captains ) at Beaconside on Tuesday 6th. November 2012 plus talking afterwards to some of the fathom players at hockey training regarding availability to play Old Wulfs Fathoms AWAY on Saturday 10th. November 2012 Re : 4pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB.

( All Players down to play, please meet at 2.30pm at Stafford Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH and Peter Powers will be organising Transport / Cars to Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB as I will unfortunately not be able to make the meet time of 2.30pm due to other commitments and will be making my own way to the fathom game at Wolverhampton Grammar School )

Re : Fathom Team Car Journey to Wolverhampton Grammar School this Saturday ( 10th. November 2012 ). To get to Wolverhampton Grammar School you will have to go past Molineux Wolves Football Ground and they are at home this Saturday to Brighton Hove Albion ( 3pm kick off ), so if you leave Stafford Hockey Club at 2:45pm, you should all being well go past Wolves Football Ground after kick off and therefore miss the crowds / traffic outside the ground.

( Any players listed below who between now and 2.30pm on Saturday 10th. November 2012, find that they cannot play ( for whatever reason ) or I have listed you as being available, when you have told me that your not available for this game ( i.e. I’ve unfortunately forgotten to make a note of it ), then please do not hesitate to let me know a.s.a.p. by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks.

Please be aware that I will only be picking / selecting 14 players to play in this AWAY game against Old Wulfs Fathoms ( so can all players bring sweaters or tops with them Re : roll on / roll off subsitutions ) Unfortunately, if all 15 players are all still available to play on Friday 9th. November 2012, then that evening ( i.e. Friday 9th. November 2012 ), I will have the unfortunate task of having to ask one player i.e. Jack Fudger to stand down and be a reserve / stand by player for the fathom team and my decision of who plays and who doesn’t plus the fact that all players in the Fathom Squad have all now paid their membership / annual subcriptions, will be done mainly on those players who actually played in the last fathom game against Stafford 4ths last Saturday ( 3rd. November ) Re : them being definitely picked to play again this Saturday plus I cannot select to stand down from the fathom team, the person / player who plays in goals for the fathoms or anyone who has moved down from the 4th. Team.

1. Chris Pendleton informed me at training on Tuesday 6th. November, that he was willing to go in goals again for the Fathoms, as Nick Brooker, who I originally had down earlier in the week to play in goals for the Fathom Team this Saturday is now is going to be asked by the 4th. Team Captain, Neil Jinks to play in goals for them ( Re : Team Selection ). Hoping Mike Wymer who is playing in the first team this Saturday ( as an out player ) will let us borrow his goalkeeping kit for Chris to use in our Fathom game away to Old Wulfs Fathoms.
( Chris, can you please also bring your fathom match fee for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 )

2. Sam Gibson

3. Peter Powers ( 1 of 3 car drivers who will also be transporting the goalkeeping kit, fathom team white shirts, water bottles / carrier for half time drink for fathom players and the 5ths first aid kit bag )

4. Matthew Till ( missed last Saturday’s fathom game due to family commitments )

5. Andrew Whitehouse

6. Adam Robinson ( missed last Saturday’s fathom game due to other commitments )

7. Rav Singh ( Rav, can you please also bring your fathom match fee for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 )

8. Ashley Dunn ( 1 of 3 car drivers, who has already this season played at Wolverhampton Grammar School Re : a few weeks ago for the 4th. Team, so hopefully he should know where it is and how to get there )

9. Peter Chiu ( 1 of 3 car drivers )

10. Ben Waller

11. Jack Fudger ( he in informed me at training on Tuesday 6th. November, that he was now fit again ( after missing a couple of games due to being injured ) and available to play for Saturday’s fathom game away to Old Wulfs Fathoms.
( Unfortunately Jack if no one drops out between now and Friday nite, it will be you that I will be asking to stand down ( but I will contact you on Friday nite to let you know this, but you will definitely be picked to play the following Saturday ( 17th. November ) ( assuming your available ) Re : playing Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms away – 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus ( off Magdalene Road ) WS1 3BD – Team / players will be meeting at Stafford Hockey Club at 1.30pm for journey to Walsall ).

+ 3 Junior Players : Taran Bassie, Tom Cope ( missed last Saturday’s Fathom game, after being injured from the previous fathom game against North Staffs Fathoms on Saturday 27th. October 2012 ) & Jack Hodkinson ( missed last Saturday’s fathom game due to other commitments ) .

15. Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain )

Unfortunately Not Available to play in this particular Fathom Game are :

Harry Coltman ( Chatting to Harry at training on Tuesday 6th. November, he in formed me he was not available for this particular game, due to other commitments, but he did play in last Saturday’s fathom game – Not sure if available to play Saturday after ( i.e. 17th. November ) Re : playing Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms away – 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus ( off Magdalene Road ) WS1 3BD – Please let me know a.s.a.p. – Team / players will be meeting at Stafford Hockey Club at 1.30pm for journey to Walsall. ).

Ben Gledhill ( Chatting to Ben at training on Tuesday 6th. November, he in formed me he was not available for this particular game – due to other commitments and he also missed last Saturday’s fathom game due to other commitments – Not sure if available to play Saturday after ( i.e. 17th. November ) Re : playing Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms away – 3pm push back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus ( off Magdalene Road ) WS1 3BD – Please let me know a.s.a.p. – Team / players will be meeting at Stafford Hockey Club at 1.30pm for journey to Walsall. ).

Lee Whitelock – Currently Injured and on crutches. ( will text or e mail me when fit and available to play again ).

Amjid Mahmood – Currently Injured. ( will text or e mail me when fit and available to play again ).

Tristan Pomfrey ( unavailablle to play due to work commitments, will text or e mail me next time not working and available to play ).

Alan Snell ( currently injured, will let me know when he is fit to play / available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms, either by text or e mail ).

Any problems or queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. either by text or calling me, otherwise I will see all of you that are down to play for the Fathoms this Saturday ( 10th. November 2012 ) at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Unfortunately, I will not see you for the meet at 2.30pm at Stafford Hockey Club, as I am going direct to Wolverhampton Grammar School. Peter Powers has kindly volunteered to deal with fathom players meeting at Stafford Hockey Club Re : transporting of players to Wolverhampton Grammar School from Stafford Hockey Club.

Please let me have your match fee after this game, at the pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School, which our Fathom Team have all been invited to by our opponents Old Wulfs, Re : teas and something to drink after this game has finished. However, if anyone needs to get back straight after this game has finished, then please do not hesitate to let me know by text to 07966398190 before Saturday 10th. November 2012, so that I can make arrangements for one car to come back straight after the game has finished. If I don’t hear from any of you on this matter Re : going to the pub for teas / something to drink after this game, I will assume you are all OK about going to the pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School and on that basis I would say / guess that the fathom team will not be back in Stafford / Stafford Hockey Club until after 7pm.

John Sinclair
Fathom / 5th. Team Captain ( 2012 / 2013 )

Mobile No : 07966398190
E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Stafford 2nd team to play Market Drayton away – 12:30 meet at club

Stafford second team to play at Market Drayton – 12:30 meet at club for a 2pm start

Paul Grime – yes – direct
Rob Peatfield – yes
Gareth Minton – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
Andy Simms – yes – direct
Guy Malpass – yes
John Sutton – yes – direct
Colin Bishop – yes
Rob Hodson – yes
Dan Rennie – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes
Charlie Trotter – yes
Rich Bendall – yes

Fathom Team / Squad ( As at Monday 5th. November 2012 ) to play Old Wulfs Fathoms AWAY on Saturday 10th November 2012 – 4pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School

Stafford Fathom Squad ( as at 5th. November 2012 ) to play Old Wulfs Fathoms AWAY on Saturday 10th. November 2012 – 4pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB.

( All Players down to play, please meet at 2.30pm at Stafford Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH and Peter Powers will be organising Transport / Cars to Wolverhampton Grammar School, as I will unfortunately not be able to make the meet time of 2.30pm due to other commitments and will be making my own way to the fathom game at Wolverhampton )

( Any players listed below who between now and 2.30pm on Saturday 10th. November 2012, find that they cannot play ( for whatever reason ), or I have listed you as being available, when you have told me that your not available for this game ( i.e. I’ve forgotten ), then please let me know a.s.a.p. by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks.

Please be aware that I will only be picking / selecting 13 players to play in this AWAY game against Old Wulfs Fathoms ( so if all 16 players are all still available to play on Friday 9th. November 2012, then that evening ( i.e. Friday 9th. November 2012, I will unfortunately have the horrible task of having to choose 3 players to stand down and be a reserve / stand by player for the fathom team and my decision of who I select to play and who I choose to stand down, will be based on who has played in the last fathom game against Stafford 4ths last Saturday ( 3rd. November ), the only person who I will not be choosing / asking to stand down from the fathom team, will be the person / player who plays in goals for the fathoms.

1. Hoping Nick Brooker, will be available / making a welcome come back in goals since last playing between the posts on Saturday 29th. September 2012 against Shrewsbury Fathoms at home.

2. Peter Powers ( 1 of 3 car drivers who will also be transporting the goalkeeping kit, fathom team white shirts, water bottles / carrier for half time drink for fathom players and the 5ths first aid kit bag )

3. Christopher Pendleton ( Chris, can you please also bring your fathom match fee for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 )

4. Matthew Till

5. Andrew Whitehouse

6. Adam Robinson ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

7. Rav Singh ( Rav, can you please also bring your fathom match fee for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 )

8. Ashley Dunn ( 1 of 3 car drivers )

9. Peter Chiu ( 1 of 3 car drivers )

10. Ben Waller

11. Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain )

+ 5 Junior Players : Harry Coltman, Ben Gledhill, Jack Hodkinson, Tom Cope & Taran Bassie.

Unfortunately Not Available to play in this particular Fathom Game are :

Jack Fudger – Currently Injured ( will text or e mail me when fit and available to play again ).

Lee Whitelock – Currently Injured. ( will text or e mail me when fit and available to play again ).

Amjid Mahmood – Currently Injured. ( will text or e mail me when fit and available to play again ).

Tristan Pomfrey ( unavailablle to play due to work commitments, will text or e mail me next time not working and available to play ).

Alan Snell ( currently injured, will let me know when he is fit to play / available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms, either by text or e mail ).

Any problems or queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. either by text or calling me, otherwise I will see all of you that are down to play for the Fathoms on Saturday 10th. November 2012 at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Please let me have your match fee or annual subs after this game, at the pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School, which our Fathom Team have all been invited to by our opponents Old Wulfs, to go to after this game has finished for teas and something to drink. However, if anyone needs to get back straight after this game has finished, then please let me know by text to 07966398190 before Saturday 10th. November 2012, so that I can make arrangements for one car to come back straight after the game has finished. If I don’t hear from you on this matter Re : going to the pub for teas / something to drink after this game, I will assume you are OK about going to pub down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School and I would say that the fathom team will not be back in Stafford / Stafford Hockey Club until after 7pm.

John Sinclair

Fathom / 5th. Team Captain ( 2012 / 2013 )

Mobile No : 07966398190
E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 Re : Stafford Fathoms v Stafford 4ths

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 3rd. November 2012 ( Re : 10am push back at Beaconside )

Stafford Fathoms 0 v Stafford 4ths 4 ( H/T : 0-1 )
( No Scorers again this week )

Stafford Fathom Team : Chris Pendleton ( GK ), Peter Chiu, Andrew Whitehouse, Peter Powers, Ashley Dunn, Ben Waller, Tristan Pomfrey, Harry Coltman, Rav Singh, Taran Bassie / Steve Morton & Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain ).

Umpires : Daniel Rennie / Rob Peatfield

With Stafford Fathoms finding themselves again without a competative game ( due to their scheduled opponents Finchfield Fathoms, pulling out of the fathom league a few weeks ago ) they arranged instead to play their club’s 4th. Team in a ‘friendly’ as they also didn’t have a fixture on this date due to a blank ( away ) fixture in their league schedule. This Saturday morning compared to all previous Saurdays was rather cold and overcast and miserable and yet again for this game the Fathoms they had another person going in goals for them ( so far this season their has been a different person / player playing in goals for them for every single Fathom game / practice game ) and for this game Chris Pendleton volunteered ( for the very first time since started playing hockey, which was begining of last season ) to get kitted up and play in goals for the Fathoms and just like previous games the Fathoms started brightly against their 4th. Team opponents and both teams had chances to take the lead, one good chance falling to the Fathom Captain, John Sinclair who saw his excellant strike on goal saved by Pog, the stand in keeper for the 4th. Team. Unfortunately for the Fathoms, the deadlock was eventually broken just before half time when stand in Fathom keeper Chris Pendleton, who was adapting well to playing in goals for the first time, was unlucky not to clear a half chance at goals by the 4th. Team and at half time the Fathoms found themselves trailing by this single goal to their 4th. Team counterparts.
The second half, saw the Fathoms defence being put under considerable pressure from their 4th. Team counterparts and Chris Pendleton in goals for the Fathoms found himself having alot more to deal with ( i.e. short corners etc. ) and it wasn’t long before the Fathoms found themselves further behind and after about quarter of an hour of the second half starting, Steve Morton, playing / helping the defence out for the Fathoms ( as he was down to play for Stafford 3rds later ), injured himself trying to clear off the line Stafford 4ths third goal and had to be carried off the pitch, John Sinclair then dropped back from being a forward into defence, to replace the injured Steve Morton and Daniel Rennie who was umpring for the first time ever ( and was doing a good job of it as well ) replaced the injured Steve Morton for the Fathom Team and Dan Howe took over from Daniel Rennie Re : umpiring the game and fathoms revamped defence was unable to stop their opponents netting a fourth goal the fourth time, going four nil down for some reason seemed to galvinize the Fathoms into putting the 4th. Team under a bit of pressure Re : trying to get a late consolation goal, which they were unlucky not to get and at the end of the game they found that they had lost the game four nil but they should have least registered one goal against their 4th Team counterparts. Hopefully next week’s game away to Old Wulfs Fathoms at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB – 4pm push back, will see them getting back to scoring / winning ways, just like they did 4 weeks ago when they last travelled away and beat Tamworth Fathoms 1-0. I have also attached a photo of the Fathom Team that played on Saturday against Stafford 4ths, which was taken after the game finished by Fathom player Ashley Dunn’s mum.

1st Team Match Report v Wednesbury

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team are still searching for their first win of the season after a disappointing 5-1 loss to Wednesbury HC.  Stafford can have no excuses after a poor team performance, they got off to the worse possible start when they conceded a goal in the first 20 seconds.  The opponents attacked from the whistle, Stafford could not get a tackle in and a spooned shot somehow found the back of the net.  Things did not get much better for Stafford who could not seem to put any series of passing together, Wednesbury were given to much space at the top of the circle and were able to pick their passes.  Stafford let in three further soft goals in the first half. After the break Stafford did seem to up their performance, a good chance fell to Andy Peatfield who found himself one on one with the goal keeper, unfortunately the goalie was able to make a good tackle with his stick.  Wednesbury got their 5th goal from a slip at a penalty corner to Jimmy Singh whose powerful  flick beat Brad Evans in goal.  Stafford did at last create some pressure, Mike Wymer was able to attack the circle at pace, the goal keeper upended him illegally and a penalty flick was given.  Andy Peatfield put the ball high into the goal to give Stafford some consolation. Next week Stafford face bottom of the league Whitchurch in a must win game at Beaconside.

Thirds XI Result

Stafford 3rds 2-4 Aldridge and Walsall 3rds.

In one of our friendlies due to sides dropping out of the league the 3rds again played well, excellent passing and commitment but couldn’t turn it into a win, story of hte season so far! We just keep making unforced errors that are punished and not finishing off grest moves, also a bit lame I know but we are not having the luck at the moment , we hit the post they score that sort of thing.

Jack Ball had an excellent debut, John Sudale and Luke Mitford were superb in Midfield. The defence was very good Steve Morton had a great game just don’t ask him about the goal!

Scorers: Tony Milner and Dave Parr.

MoM Luke Mitford.

Fathom Team / Squad to play Stafford 4th. Team in a ‘Friendly’ on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 – 10am push back at Beaconside as at 10pm on Thursday 1st .November 2012

As at 10pm on Thursday 1st .November 2012 Stafford Fathom Team / Squad to play Stafford 4th. Team in a ‘Friendly’ on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 – 10am push back at Beaconside

( All Players down to play, please meet at 9.30am at Beaconside )

( Any players listed below who between now and 9.30am / 10am on Saturday 3rd. November 2012, find that they cannot play ( for whatever reason ), then please let me know a.s.a.p. by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks.

1. Hoping Christopher Pendleton will give it ago in goals and that Sam Gibson will share this duty with Chris. Chris, please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game – Ta.

2. Peter Chui

3. Ben Waller ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game + match fee for your last fathom game on 20-10-2012 )

4. Matthew Till

5. Andrew Whitehouse

6. Adam Robinson ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game )

7. Rav Singh

8. Ashley Dunn ( Please can you bring your Annual Subs for this game + match fee for your last fathom game on 20-10-2012 )

9. Peter Powers

10. Me ( John Sinclair ) ( Captain )

+ 5 Junior Players : Harry Coltman, Ben Gledhill, Jack Hodkinson, Tom Cope & Taran Bassie.

Umpires : Rob Peatfield & John Sutton or Steve Morton.

Unfortunately Not Available to play in this particular Fathom Game are :

Jack Fudger – Currently Injured.

Lee Whitelock – Currently Injured.

Amjid Mahmood – Currently Injured.

Nick Brooker – Not available for this game.

Joanne Lovatt & Isha Newman ( Sorry Ladies unfortunately unable to select you both for this game, as Fathom Team / Squad currently oversubscribed, so I am hoping on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 you have a game with Stafford Ladies ).

Tristan Pomfrey ( awaiting confirmation of when he can make his fathom debut either by text or e mail ).

Alan Snell ( currently injured, will let me know when he is fit to play / available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms, either by text or e mail ).

Carl Dudley ( away for the next 2 Saturdays and also recovering from a shoulder injury, but hoping to be available to play his first game of the season for the Fathoms on Saturday 10th. November 2012, injury permitting, will let me know this either by text or e mail ).

Matthew Harrison ( awaiting confirmation of when he can make his fathom debut either by text or e mail ).

Any problems or queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07966398190 a.s.a.p. either by text or calling me, otherwise I will see all of you that are down to play for the Fathoms on Saturday 3rd. November 2012 at 9.30am at Beaconside. Please let me have your match fee or annual subs before the game starts / pushes back at 10am.

John Sinclair

Fathom / 5th. Team Captain ( 2012 / 2013 )

Mobile No : 07966398190

E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk