Stafford HC 1st team, secured a vital three points in a hard won 3-2 victory against Solihull Blossomfield HC. As soon as Stafford started the game they knew they were going to have a tough time against a good opponent. Solihull had the best of the early exchanges winning a number of penalty corners, 15 year old Brad Evans in goal pulled of several excellent saves to keep the Riverway team in the game. Eventually Stafford eased their way into the game, winning a penalty corner of their first meaningful attack.
The ball was slipped left by Adam Kyle, who found Ben Hollands in a bit of space, his first shot was saved well but he was able to slot the rebound in. Stafford were then able to take control, creating a number of chances, Chris Sunderland saw his first time shot saved well by the opposition keeper. Stafford went into the break a goal up and started the second half pushing for a second, it came when Andy Peatfield played the ball into Kyle who’s first time shot gave the keeper no chance.
Stafford have not made things easy for themselves the season and they started to wobble as nerves began to show, Blossomfield got a goal back after a quick break, the ball was slipped to a forward who deflected it neatly home. Stafford then managed to do what they have failed to do all season and scored a third goal. Another penalty corner was won by Sunderland, the ball was slipped right to Peatfield who flicked it home from a narrow angle.
Things got a bit desperate to the end, Stafford conceded a penalty stroke, which man of the match Evans just failed to stop. However Stafford were able to hang on for the victory. The result sees them climb two places out of the relegation zone, knowing three points from the last two games will see them safe. Next week they make the trip to Old Wulfs who are one place above.