For those who aren’t meeting at the club the rest of us will be meeting in the Sun at 7.30pm.
Stafford played some good hockey but unfortunately succumbed to a 3 2 defeat at Old Wulfs.
Scorers – Dave Parr – 1
Rich Bendall – 1
MOTM – Mike Wymer
Home to Solihull Blossomfield (LEAGUE MATCH) – Meet at the PITCH at 12.00pm for a 1.00pm push back.
Team to play:
Please come down and support us!!
Staffords first goal was proof Mike Wymer has been practicing arcing his run, instead of the usual running off the back line he skipped past both his marker and the sweeper into the D before placing his shot into the bottom left of the goal. The second goal came shortly after 15 minutes when a beautiful reverse pick up by Charlie Trotter allowed him to ghost past the defender on the left and putting a well placed shot past the Solihull goalkeeper.
Staffords third came just after Half time, A quick passing move caught Solihull on the back foot, Mike having been found in space in the middle of the pitch, playing a great ball to James F on the top of the D, James then had the presence of mind just to shephard the ball around his marker and into the path of Richard Bendall who casually lobbed the ball on the reverse.
Staffords 4th, again coming off a fine passing move found the ball out wide with Charlie Trotter who put a great ball into the D for Elliot to latch onto with a great run from the opposite side of the pitch and managing to bundle the ball through the keeper and into the open net.
Lastly but definately not least, Staffords 5th Goal will be discussed at great length for some time to come, James Faulconbridge, finding himself in the D with his back to goal with 2 defenders behind him and a third coming in to make a tackle, twisted, turned and somehow managed to allude not only all three defenders but the goalkeeper as well – possibly the best piece of solo skill in the game.
I will not be at the meet so Andy Simms will be organising. Please confirm availability if you have not already done so:
Paul grime – yes
Rob Peatfield – yes
Dave Baldock – yes
Bob Masters – yes – direct
Gareth Minton – yes – direct
Andy Simms – yes
Elliot Glennon – yes
James Gillingham – yes
Mike Wymer – yes
Rich Bendall – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes
Before I start… In my old age and inability to remember things – I can’t remember who scored at what stage of the game. What I do remember though is that the goals were either very special individual pieces of skill or the last part of an incisive passing move!!! So well done to our FIVE scorers – Rich Bendall, Mike Wymer, Charlie Trotter, James Faulconbridge and Elliot Glennon.
Stafford came into this match knowing we were safe, and simply fighting with our opponents and Old Wulfs for 4 th place, with a shot at third if results went our way. We decided to make the best use of the players we had, so opted for what should have been a more defensive 3-2-3-2 formation, as opposed to our usual 2-3-2-3. It seems this reversal had the desired effect, as Stafford produced some fantastic passing hockey and quickly found themselves 2-0 up. We may have been guilty of taking our foot off the pedal slightly but as the half wore on. Blossomfield scored a great rebound from a ball drilled into our D, and a short corner to make the half time score 2-2.
We knew that if we kept playing the way we had there were more goals in this game, and we immediately put our increasingly frustrated opponents under a great deal of pressure – our expansive, quick passing ripping them to shreds and Allowing our defence a nice calm game.
Frustrations bubbled over towards the end, with our opponents admitting the game was lost so they just wanted to wind us up, but overall, possibly our best game of the season. Hopefully our firsts can follow the example of the thirds and seconds and give Blossomfield more than they can handle this weekend.
There are a number of hockey level 2 coaching courses which are now available throughout 2013. These are run by England Hockey and stipulate that all candidates who wish to attend must (i) already be a level 1 coach, and (ii) be a minimum of 18 on the first date of the course. The Midlands dates and venues are as follows:
Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May
The Becket School, Nottingham
Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th June, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July
King Edwards School, Birmingham
Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July
Anyone interested in attending any of these courses should click on the following link http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=775§ionTitle=Find+a+Level+2+Course which will take you to the page where you can register, book onto and pay for the course through the online system.
Stafford HC 1st team drew 2-2 away at Leamington HC last weekend, a result that before the game they probably would have settled for but felt frustrated after conceding two late goals.
A reshuffle in defence saw Dr Richard Bukka line up with Guy Malpass at the back, a combination that nullified all Leamington could throw at them in the early stages. Stafford’s game plan was to counter attack at pace in with the sprinters in the team of Andy Peatfield and Dan Howe. An aerial out of defence by Giles Rowden set Peatfield away for Stafford’s first goal, as he entered the circle he calmly placed the ball past the onrushing keeper for an excellent goal. Stafford kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty corner, Steve Marsh’s shot was saved initially but Peatfield picked up the rebound and let loose a rocket of a flick into the top corner of the goal.
Stafford were really on top but 15 year old Brad Evans in goal was still called on to make a couple of sharp saves to deny Leamington. The second half was more of the same, Stafford thought they had scored a third before the goal was harshly ruled out for an earlier infringement. Stafford however kept creating chances and were guilty of not putting the game beyond Leamington.
In the last 10 minutes, Stafford were put under a lot of pressure and eventually Leamington got a goal back, a shot seemingly going wide deflected of Malpass’ foot to give Evans no chance. Stafford were then denied three points by a late goal, another Leamington attack saw Evans save the first shot but the rebound was eventually bundled in.
A much improved performance still sees Stafford second bottom but their confidence will be high going into next weeks home game against Sollihull Blossomfield, 1.00pm start at Beaconside.
The next social date for your diary is Saturday 9th March. As usual we will meet at the clubhouse first and head into town from there, fancy dress is optional. See you all there!! (edit)
Stafford produced one of their finest attacking performances of the season to win 5 – 2
Elliot Glennon x 1
Charlie Trotter x 1
Rich Bendall x 1
James Faulconbridge x 1
Mike wymer x 1
MOTM ELLIOT GLENNON