1st Team Selection & Meet Time – 02.03.13

Away at Leamington – Meet at the clubhouse at 10.45am for a 1.00pm push back.

If you plan to go direct to the pitch please let me know.

North Leamington School

Sandy Lane

Leamington Spa

CV32 6RD

Team to play :

Brad Evans

Andy Barnett

Giles Rowden

James Gillingham

Dan Howe

Steve Marsh

Andy Peatfield

Dan Rennie

Chris Sunderland

Ben Hollands

Adam Kyle

Guy Malpass

Richard Buka

1st Team Match Report v Whitchurch

Stafford HC 1st team’s woeful form continued last weekend after they lost 4-3 to fellow strugglers Whitchurch HC.  Stafford really can have no complaints after a dismal first 20 minutes saw them concede 4 goals.  Ironically Stafford started well enough, James Gillingham scoring from a tight angle in the first 10 minutes.  However after that Stafford just seemed to lose all self-control, tackles were missed and poor commuication saw Whitchurch score two soft goals.  Stafford then conceded a couple of weak penalty corners, Brad Evans made some good first saves but the rebounds were picked up by the opposition and dispatched.

After half-time Stafford did pull themselves together and mounted some sustained pressure, the Whitchurch goal keeper was in superb form and continually denied the Riverway team. Late on Stafford did finally gain two goals, Dan Howe scoring both after good work by Andy Peatfield and man of the match Dan Rennie.  It was all too little too late and now Stafford are second bottom with an uphill struggle to stay in West Midlands Division 1.

Hopefully it will back to basics next weekend when Stafford travel to Leamington HC, hoping to repeat their victory over the Warwickshire team in the first half of the season.

Stafford 2nds to play Solihull Blossomfield – 12:30 meet at beaconside

The team for our final home league game vs Solihill Blossomfield is:

Paul Grime – yes
Rob Peatfield – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes
Andy Simms – yes
Dave Baldock – yes
Gareth Minton – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
Bob Masters – yes
Charlie Trotter – yes
Matt Best – yes
Mike Wymer – yes
Rich Bendall – yes

Please meet promptly at the pitch at 12:30

Hockey Dinner & Presentation Evening

The annual Hockey Dinner & Presentation Evening will be taking place on Saturday 23rd March 2013.  Ticket prices are £16 for adults and £11 for students and under 16’s, start time for the event is 7.30pm.

Tickets will be available to buy from your captains from this Saturday.

Its a great night so hope to see you all there!

1st Team Selection & Meet Time – 23.02.13

Away at Whitchurch – Meet at the clubhouse at 12.00pm for a 2.00pm push back.

If you plan to go direct to the pitch please let me know.

Whitchurch Leisure Centre

Sir John Talbot School

SY13 2BY

Team to play :

Brad Evans

Andy Barnett

Giles Rowden

James Gillingham

Dan Howe

Steve Marsh

Andy Peatfield

Dan Rennie

Chris Sunderland

Ben Hollands

Adam Kyle

Guy Malpass

1st Team Match Report v Wednesbury

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team put in a much better performance last weekend without getting any reward, going down 2-1 to 2nd placed Wednesbury HC.

 

A changed formation saw Stafford set up more defensively, Guy Malpass given the job of marking ex-national league player Jimmy Singh.  Stafford were planning to play counter attacking hockey, and it seemed to work well in the early stages as Malpass was nullifying Singh’s skills.  Stafford should have scored early on, Ben Hollands shot to the far post saw Chris Sunderland kick the ball when it seemed easier to score.  Andy Peatfield was giving his marker a torrid time and he made the goal keeper pull off some sharp saves to deny Stafford.

 

Stafford did eventually take the lead when Peatfield crossed from the left and found Dan Howe covering the ground like a hovercraft, gracefully making it to the far post for a simple tap in.  Stafford should have extended their league but Hollands was denied and Giles Rowden saw his shot parried at a penalty corner.  At the other end Brad Evans in goal, seemed inspired and made some excellent saves from a number of penalty corners.

 

Stafford led at half time but knew they would be up against it in the 2nd half, 15 year old Evans kept them wanting with a deserved man of the match performance.  However the inevitable equaliser came after Stafford’s nerves began to show, a penalty corner was won and Singh played a neat one two before he played the ball to the far post for a touch in.  Things then got a bit tense when Steve Marsh was shown a yellow card, Wednesbury pushed forward and a shot was going wide before a smart deflection saw Evans beaten.  Despite pushing forward, Stafford could not get another goal and saw another good performance unrewarded.

 

Next week Stafford face struggling Whitchurch HC away, they will be buoyed by last weekends effort and will be hoping to bounce back.

Result – Streetly 2nds – 6, Stafford 2nds – 1

Stafford produced what was probably their most disjointed performance of the season as they slumped to a 6 1 defeat against high flying Streetly, with the result effectively ending any outside hope of a promotion fight.

It was a clinical performance by a very strong Streetly side, and a game which gave Stafford plenty to think about before their clash with Bloxwich tomorrow.

Scorer – R Bendall

MOTM – Mike Wymer

Stafford 2nd team for Saturday – away at Streetly – and Sunday – home vs Bloxwich

Saturday – 12:30 meet at the club – 2pm start in Streetly

Paul Grime – yes
Andy Simms – yes
Rob Peatfield – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
Bob Masters – yes
Gareth Minton – yes
Rich Gibbons – yes
John Sudale – yes
Rob Hodson -yes
Rich Bendall
Mike Wymer – yes
Charlie Trotter – yes

Team for Sunday vs Bloxwich – 1pm meet at Beaconside – 1:30 start

Paul Grime – yes
Andy Simms – yes
Rob Peatfield – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
Gareth Minton – yes
Guy Malpass
Rich Gibbons – yes
Rob Hodson – yes
Dan Rennie – yes
Mike Wymer – yes
Rich Bendall
Charlie Trotter – yes

1st Team Match Report

Stafford Hockey Club 1st team faced a tough double header last weekend against legaue leaders Market Drayton HC and 4th placed Bloxwich HC.  Unfortuately for the Riverway team they ended up losing both games, 5-1 and 6-1 respectively.

 

Stafford have suffered at times this season for trying to play expansive and attractive hockey against clinical teams.  On Saturday they took the game to Market Drayton, who were on the back foot in the early stages. However they won an early penalty corner which was well dispatched by the Drayton player.  Further goals followed, mainly from Stafford mistakes but in the second half Stafford did manage to create some goood chances.  The best goal of the game was scored by Stafford, a great run from Andy Peatfield found Dan Howe at the far post who slid his shot under the advancing keeper.  It was unfortunately merely a consolation as Drayton were able to extend their lead with a couple of somewhat lucky goals.

 

On Sunday, Stafford travelled to Bloxwich in confident mood despite the result the day before. However it was at times more of the same, mistakes gave the opposition opportunities to score.  A missed tackle allowed the Bloxwich forward the opportunity to enter the circle and side step Brad Evans in goal for an early lead.  Stafford then pulled back through a Giles Rowden penalty corner goal, but further sloppy goals were conceded by Stafford.  In the second half Stafford should have scored a couple themselves but their composure seemed to desert them in front of goal.  The one bright point was the performance of 17 year old Dan Rennie, who deservedly won man of the match.

 

Next week Stafford face second placed Wednesbury HC at Beaconside, 1.00pm push back.

2nd team result – Stafford – 4, stone -4

Stafford continued their unbeaten run with what felt like a loss of 2 points, rather than us gaining one.

As the seconds have gotten into the habit of recently, we started very slowly and struggled to get a foothold in the game, with Stone taking advantage of some poor Stafford play and scoring the opening goal. Stafford struck back through Bendall, finishing well after a slick passing move involving both Minton and Trotter.

Stone took the lead on the stroke of half time through a shirt corner, and Stafford came out for the second half much more determined, forcing the Stone keeper in to a number of good saves. Stone then caught Stafford on the counter to take a 2 goal lead, and this seemed to wake Stafford up, with Bendall notching a further 3 goals to take it to 4-3 with 5 mins to go. Stafford desperately wanted to hold on, but Stone went on the all out offensive, successfully penning our defence in and the pressure told with an equalising goal in the last couple of minutes.

Overall a decent performance – far from our best but far from our worst – and we look forward to our double header against Streetly and Bloxwich next weekend.

Scorer – Bendall 4 (four!)

MOTM – Bendall!