1st Team Match Report v Wednesbury HC

Stafford Men’s HC 1st team finished their pre-season with an encouraging 2-2 against league above Wednesbury HC.


Stafford started well against Wednesbury, taking control of the midfield with hard work from Ben Hollands and Ben Cantrill.  Chances were created by Andy Peatfield and Dan Rennie, but Stafford took the lead after Giles Rowden robbed a Wednesbury player, passed the ball to Randall Moore who set pace man Peatfield through, he neatly side stepped the keeper before calmly finishing.


Stafford then seemed to sit back and conceded no less than 8 penalty corners, great work from Cantrill and Brad Evans in goals, saw the opposition denied until eventually a straight shot saw Evans beaten.  Stafford then started to take control, winning their own corner, that was beautifully dispatched by Randall Moore with a powerful drag flick.


In the second half, Stafford seemed in control with solid defending by Simon Parnell and Mike Wattley.  Wednesbury were clearly getting frustrated and Stafford threatened to take control, unfortunately they found a Wednesbury keeper in great form, denying Moore twice in quick succession.


Wednesbury then scored their second after Jimmy Singh decided to take out his obvious frustration by smashing a shot beautifully into the top corner of the net!  Stafford could and should perhaps have scored the winner but a competitive and spirited game saw the score level at full time.


Stafford start their league campaign next weekend away against Solihull Blossomfield.

1st XI news

Please could you all try and come to training tomorrow. We desperately need to work on short corners. I won’t confirm selection until after training- you’re giving me some serious headaches!

Also please think about your annual subs as it’s nearly payday and they are due.

There is a final friendly next Tuesday against Cannock. Time and team to be confirmed.

Our cup game is on Sunday 20th October, Nuneaton away. Please keep it free- it’s a game we should win.


1st Team Match Report v Market Drayton

Stafford HC 1sts travelled to Keele University last weekend to play Market Drayton HC, narrowly losing 3-2 to last years league champions.


Stafford were hopeful of upsetting the odds against the Shropshire team but were unable to exert any pressure in the early stages.  Drayton gradually increased the pressure on the Stafford circle, eventually winning a penalty corner.  Brad Evans in goal saved the first shot well but Stafford were unable to clear and another corner was awarded.  This time the drag flick seemed to go through Evans for Drayton to take the lead.


Stafford were then guilty of switching off as the Drayton sweeper pushed forward and was given the ball on the edge of the circle, his shot was well executed to double the Drayton lead.  A few tactical switches saw Stafford eventually create some chances, wing back Andy Barnett looked like he would score but somehow managed to miss from a few feet out.


In the second half, Stafford played much better and soon pulled a goal back when Andy Peatfield used his pace to beat his man, Randall Moore then waltzed past the keeper and laid the ball off to Dan Howe who slotted it home from a narrow angle.  Stafford then got another back when Steve Marsh’s shot was saved illegally on the line and Ben Cantrill flicked the penalty home for his third goal in as many games.


Unfortunately Stafford could not score anymore goals and Drayton got the winning goal after a slick penalty corner routine gave Brad Evans no hope.  Evans was deservedly awarded man of the match for a string of excellent saves.  Stafford were obviously disappointed but should take some reassurance from a much improved second half performance against a good team.  Next week they are away against Wednesbury HC.

Result – Old Sils 2nds – 4, Stafford 2nds – 4

Stafford continued their strong pre season with a good performance against Old Sils, who supplemented their already strong 2nd team with a smattering of first teamers who stayed pitchside after a training session.

Old Sils proved to be much more resilient than our opponents from last week, and Stafford came out just as hard, with the ball being held up in the middle of the pitch for long periods. Stafford eventually took the lead with a great passing move using the wings, allowing Jack Ball to slot home on debut. Old Siks struck back a few minutes later and snatched a goal just before half time.

An enthusiastic team talk saw Stafford playing some flowing hockey, but our disapproval at a poor umpiring decision meant a further goal was conceded needlessly. This woke Stafford up, and we struck back with 3 well taken goals, much to the chagrin of our opponents, who snatched a late equaliser with a couple of minutes to go, leaving Stafford disappointed with a 4 all draw away at higher league opposition.

Scorers – Jack Ball – 2, James Faulconbridge – 1, Rich Bendall, – 1

MOTM – Jack Ball
DOTD – Elliot Glennon

Fathom Training Party on Saturday 28th. September 2013 & Stafford Fathoms Away to Cannock Fathoms Re : 1pm push-back at Cannock Hockey Club on Saturday 5th. October 2013.

This is to inform you all that next Saturday 28th. September 2013, Stafford Fathoms will be having a training session / get together with the Club Coach, Dave Evans between 10am & 11.30am at Beaconside and your invited to attend, just need you to reply with a Yes or No by Thursday 26th. September 2013 so that me and the Club Coach, Dave Evans will have an idea of numbers that will be attending this training party session on Saturday 28th. September 2013. If you are participating in this training session, please bring either £2 ( Juniors / Students ) or £5 ( Seniors ) with you Re : match fee for training session and a green & white top.
The following Saturday 5th. October 2013 Stafford Fathoms are Away to Cannock Fathoms Re : 1pm push back at Cannock Hockey Club ( with a meet time at Stafford Hockey Club of 11.45am ). As Captain of Stafford Fathoms, I need to know who is available to play in this game, so again if you are interested and want to play in this game, then please text or e mail me back by no later than Sunday 29th. September 2013 with your availability for this game ( + whether or not you are available to drive to Cannock Hockey Club from Stafford ) and the match fee for this game will be £8 ( Seniors ) & £4 ( Juniors / Students ).
If you have any queries or problems regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to get back in touch with us. Otherwise hope to see you all on Saturday 28th. September 2013 Re : training session and Saturday 5th. October 2013 Re : Away Fixture to Cannock Fathoms.

John Sinclair
Stafford HC Fathom Captain 2013 / 2014.

Mobile No : 07966398190

E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk

Masters Tournaments in 2014

There are now representative regional Masters tournaments in 2014 for:
Over 40’s Men

    26/27 April – Southgate

Over 50’s Men

    26/27 April – Cannock

Over 70’s Men

    03/04 May – Cannock

Over 45’s Men

    10/11 May – Oxford Hawks

Over 55’s Men

    10/11 May – Chelmsford

Over 60’s & Over 65’s Men

    17/18May – Cannock

Could you please let me know if you are interested in playing for the Midlands in any of the tournaments listed above?

NB The age qualification is to ATTAIN the age in the year of the t/ment

Various Hockey Websites

MRHA web site.

There is now an umbrella web site for the Midlands.
www.midland-hockey.org.uk [this is still being expanded and populated]

Useful Hockey sites…

All members should be aware that the main communication medium being used for all Hockey matters is now via the relevant web sites. The main ones are:-
Midland Regional web site www.midland-hockey.org.uk
England Hockey www.englandhockey.co.uk
Midland Men’s League www.mrha.co.uk
Midland Performance www.midlands.singlesystem.co.uk
Midland Umpires www.mrhua.org.uk
Midland Schools & Youth www.schoolsandyouthhockey.co.uk
Midland Women’s League http://mrhawl.clubbuzz.co.uk
Other sites can be accessed using the “Links” section of the EHB site .