Stafford Hockey Club’s first team drew 2-2 last weekend against Old Wulfrunians HC. In a game that Stafford should have won, it was the opposition who were cheering on the final whistle, knowing they had salvaged a point.
Stafford were the brighter team in the early stages, the free running of brothers Andy and John Peatfield up front gave the visitors a headache. Stafford were struggling to penetrate the circle until a poor tackle on Andy Peatfield saw a penalty corner awarded, the slip left to the same player was put over the bar. Stafford eventually made the pressure count when Adam Kyle pounced on a loose ball to fire it in on his reverse stick side. Stafford then won a number of other corners but were unable to increase the lead.
At the break Stafford were in positive mood, but were aware that they needed to make the pressure count. Unfortunately, they conceded a soft penalty corner and Brad Evans in goal was unable to stop the drag flick. Stafford though were determined to get a goal back, it came in a moment of good fortunate, as a ball seemingly going wide, hit the post and bounced back into the path of John Peatfield who ran the ball into the unguarded goal. Stafford continued to press, and should have scored again in the best move of the game. An aerial ball out of defence from Giles Rowden saw Mike Wymer in space, he took the ball on and passed it to John Peatfield, a neat one two saw Wymer ghost past the keeper but somehow he missed an open goal. Then on the final whistle Old Wulfs were awarded a penalty corner, the direct shot was saved well by Simon Parnell, but hit the stick of an opposition player and somehow looped into the goal, Stafford were as the phrase goes ‘sick as a parrot’.
Next week Stafford are away to Kidderminster HC, a team struggling in the bottom reaches of the league.