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.