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.