Stafford Hockey Club 1st team wrapped up this years season with an emphatic 7-0 victory against Kidderminster Hockey Club. Stafford had to win to ensure survival and were clearly highly motivated from the start. The early exchanges were fairly even and it took a good move from Andy Peatfield to allow Stafford to open the scoring, he raced past his marker before playing the ball wide to Steve Marsh, who then hit the ball into the corner to put Stafford ahead.
Kidderminster then managed to win a couple of penalty corners, Brad Evans in goals made a couple of good saves to deny the opposition. After that is was really one way traffic. The next goal was scored by Dan Howe who dinked the ball past a stranded goal keeper after another Marsh strike. Howe then got another after he slapped the ball home from an acute angle.
After the break, Stafford kept up the pressure, Chris Sunderland scored a great individual goal after he beat a couple of players before lobbing the goal keeper from a tight angle. Howe then completed his hat-trick after Dan Rennie un-selfishly played the ball into his path, allowing an easy finish. Peatfield then scored the next after a slick penalty corner saw him place the ball under the goalkeeper. The final goal was scored by Giles Rowden after player of the season, Ben Hollands passed the ball into Rowden’s path he neatly deflected it home. The man of the match award was given to Guy Malpass, a defender who put in a great performance to constantly keep Kidderminster at bay.
In what has been a tough league this year Stafford can point to a lot of positive performances with the emergance of some great young talent, in 15 year olds, Charlie Trotter and Brad Evans and 17 year old Dan Rennie and Andy Peatfield. With a strong youth policy and coaching set-up, Stafford will be looking forward to a great 2013-2014 season.