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