Stafford 1st XI away at Redditch 02/11/13

12.30pm meet at the club for a 3pm pushback at Redditch cricket, hockey, & rugby club, B97 4SP.

Bradley Evans
Simon Parnell
Giles Rowden
Guy Malpass
Benjamin Cantrill
Richard Buka
Michael Wattley
Steven Marsh
Benjamin Hollands
Randall Moore
Daniel Rennie
Charles Trotter
Andrew Peatfield

Any problems, let me know. Buka

Match Report Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Old Wulfs Fathoms on Saturday 26th. October 2013

Date : Saturday 26th. October 2013
Fixture : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Old Wulfs Fathom Team
Venue : Beaconside, Stafford
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 5-0 ( H/T 2-0 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Josh Thorne, Paul Rennie, Dan Wheawall, Paul Rennie & Dan Wheawall.

MOM : Tyler Murray ( Nominated by Non-Playing Captain of Stafford Fathom Team, John Sinclair & Vice Captain of Stafford Fathom Team, Paul Rennie )

Umpires : Charlie Trotter ( 1st & 2nd Half ) & Brad Evans ( 1st. Half ) & Richard Bendall ( Mav ) ( 2nd. Half )

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Paul Ruddle ( GK ), Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Declan Martin, Will Trotter, Tarran Bassie, Hary Coltman, Damon Morbey, Kyle Rennie, Josh Thorne, Dan Wheawall, Tyler Murray ( Sub / Reserve : Neil Jinks – who was used towards end of game for Paul Rennie ).

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team knew that this game, was a chance to put last week’s 4-1 loss to Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms behind them and they started the game with a new keeper between the posts in the form of Student : Paul Ruddle, plus two other new players, Josh Thorne & Tyler Murray making their debut for Stafford Fathoms and last week’s 4-1 loss was soon put to bed, when new comer Josh Thorne scored on his debut within the first 15 minutes of the game starting and from their on in, Stafford took command of the game, to the extend that their new keeper, Paul Ruddle had very little to deal with, due to good defending by Taran Bassie, Carl Dudley and Paul Rennie and a lot of tireless work in midfield by Declan Martin, Josh Thorne & Damon Morbey ( who was playing his first game for Stafford Fathoms, due to missing a few games in the 4th. Team, due to other commitments ) and just before half time, Stafford Fathom Veteran Vice Captain, Paul Rennie ensured that they went to the interval 2-0 up, when he scored from a short corner.
Second half saw Stafford Fathoms go from strength to strength and like the first half they dominated most of it, However, as a result of this, the Stafford Fathom Keeper, Paul Ruddle again hardly had anything to deal with, just like in the first half, as Stafford Fathoms played some neat, tidy and uncomplicated hockey ( i.e. passed well, kept hold of the ball well, intercepted well etc ) and this played a major part in getting Dan Wheawall ( who had missed the last two fathom games, due to other commitments ), onto the Fathom score sheet, when he netted twice for them, with Paul Rennie scoring a second goal for himself ( Re : Stafford Fathom’s fourth goal ), which was slotted home in between Dan’s two goals for the Fathoms and youngsters Tyler Murray, Harry Coltman, Will Trotter & Kyle Rennie, all went close with opportunities to getting themselves onto the score sheet for the Stafford Fathoms, they were either thawed by the Old Wulfs Fathom Keeper making some good saves against them or by just failing to connect when a ball was struck across Old Wulf’s Fathom’s goal. Anyhow, at the final whistle, Stafford Fathoms registered their best win since the Fathom League started over 3 years ago, as they ran out worthy 5-0 winners.

Man of the Match this week was awarded to the newcomer of young 13 year old Tyler Murray, who despite his age and size wasn’t frightened or put off playing against players older than himself or bigger than himself, he just relished the opportunity to play his first game of hockey for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team and his efforts and commitment was dully noted by both the Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair ( who was not playing in this game due to an inflamed knee injury ) and 2 goal Vice Captain, Paul Rennie.

Now Stafford Fathoms need to keep their feet firmly on the ground and to not get too carried away with this excellent result of 5-0, because in March of this year Stafford Fathoms played away against their next opponents of Bloxwich Fathoms and in this game they found themselves deservedly 2-0 up at half time, but unfortunately in the second half of this game, they allowed Bloxwich to come back and dominate it, and they managed to find the back of the Stafford Fathom net 3 times in this half, while Stafford were unable to reply, so at the final whistle, Stafford found that they had lost this particular game 3-2, after being 2-0 up at half time.

This Saturday ( 2nd November ) Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team travel, ( as already mentioned ) Away to play Bloxwich Fathoms ( Re : a 12 o’clock mid-day push-back at the Black Country University / UTC ( formerly known as Sneyd Community Centre ), Vernon Way, Sneyd Lane, Bloxwich WS3 2PA ) and all Fathom Players who are picked to play in this game, will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 10.45am and hopefully the same 12 players who contributed to the magnificant 5-0 win over Old Wulfs Fathoms this Saturday, will be picked to play in this game, which I hope will include, Paul Ruddle as Stafford Fathom Keeper ( However, last Saturday ( 26th. October ), after playing for Stafford Fathoms and Stafford Ladies in goals in the morning, Paul did go and play in goals for Stafford 3rd. Team at 4pm at Beaconside and was nominated Man of the Match by them, as he did real well for them, especially in the second half ) and should hopefully include the return of Luke Mitford, Matthew Till, Ian Hodkinson & Jack Hodkinson, who all missed the Old Wulfs Fathom game, due to other commitments, but have confirmed to me ,that they are available to play in this game and the possibility, but still to be confirmed as available of Alan Snell & Peter Powers. Therefore, if everyone is available to play for Stafford Fathoms in this game Away to Bloxwich Fathoms this Saturday, it will mean the Stafford Fathom Team will consist of between 16 to 18 players ( and that excludes the crocked / injured Captain ).

John Sinclair

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Captain.

1st Team Match Report v Bloxwich

Stafford HC 1st team got back to winning ways in West Midlands Division 1 with an impressive 3-2 victory against Bloxwich HC, the impressive part being they were 2-0 down after the first 10 minutes!

The Greyfriars Catering Equipment sponsored team, certainly like to make things interesting for their supporters and started poorly against a side who had only won once previously this term.  That said Bloxwich put the effort in and had Stafford sitting back, pressure told and some poor marking saw the Bloxwich forward given too much space and he fired home past stranded Brad Evans in goal.

Bloxwich soon doubled their lead when a couple of tough challenges saw them break on mass into the Stafford half, they entered the circle and some neat passing saw a close range finish.  Stafford then decided to start playing and were able to create some decent chances themselves, Dan Rennie was unlucky when his shot went past the goal after a penalty corner broke down.

Eventually the pressure paid and Stafford won another penalty corner, the ball was slipped left by Randall Moore to Ben Cantrill whose shot seemed to deceive the Bloxwich keeper and went in.  Unfortunately a number of yellow cards for both teams seemed to take the gloss of a competitive first half and the score remained 2-1 at half time.

Stafford really took the game to the opposition in the second half, Evans in goal not even touching the ball.  It was really just a matter of time before Stafford scored.  The equalising goal came from the skillful Randall Moore, he picked the ball up after a Charlie Trotter pass and ghosted past a couple of defenders before placing his shot beyond an onrushing keeper.

The winner came from another penalty corner, another slip left saw Ben Cantrill smash the ball in for his 7th goal of the season, impressive form from a centre back who was awarded the man of the match for a great performance.

A good result for Stafford against a competitive and skillful side who are much better than their results show.  Next week Stafford are away to Redditch, a team who were relegated last season.  Stafford will be looking for back to back victories.

Fantasy Hockey – Week 4

Well Week 4 has come and gone with good results seen by the majority of the Stafford Sides, with some good hockey played throughout, special mention to the youngsters in the 5th team.

The League has seen some movers and shakers this week with a familiar face sneaking into Top Spot, Steve Paling who won last year obviously hasn’t lost his touch, although his partner in crime at the heart of the thirds defence is giving him a run for his money.

See the Table below.

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Plan B Steve Paling 171
2 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 164
3 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 163
4 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 158
5 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 158
6 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 156
7 Geeks United Richard Bendall 154
8 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 153
9 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 152
10 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 150
11 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 147
12 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 147
13 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 146
14 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 143
15 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 143
16 TBC Brad Evans 142
17 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 140
18 Team Weet Chris Weetman 138
19 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 138
20 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 134
21 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 129
22 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 128
23 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 127
24 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 123
25 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 122
26 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 122
27 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 121
28 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 119
29 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 119
30 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 117
31 TBC1 Randall Moore 117
32 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 115
33 Creswell Dennis Wall 114
34 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 111
35 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 110
36 Doom Weasels Pog 104
37 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 101
38 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 100

2nd team match report – by Andy “Reverse stick Screamer” Barnett

Stafford twos looked to keep their impressive undefeated start to the season up against top of the table Bloxwich who had scored 22 (yes 22!) and conceded just 5 in their opening 3 games.

From the very start, it was clear Stafford wanted to get something from this game and spent most of the first 10 minutes in possession before Dan Howe broke the deadlock through a neatly placed short corner strike.

The game then took and turn, as Stafford suffered from interesting decisions, a green card for midfielder Andy Barnett and Bloxwich hitting the crossbar. Eventually the pressure told and a misplaced pass allowed a run at goal which drew the game level just before half time.

The second half saw Stafford reset and come out the blocks very quickly and at the start of the half had a spell of short corners which Elliot Glennon ‘drag flicked’ into the top corner. From then some great play between Colin Bishop and Richard Bendal led to a Stafford goal. Richard Bendall then turned provider for Andy Barnett, who scored through the keepers legs in a shot that has been described by some* as the best reverse stick shot this club has ever seen.

More fast build up play in the midfield, including great passing from James Gillingham, saw Richard Bendall score his second and Stafford’s fifth.

Not to miss out on the scoring action, Andy Simms felt he should try his luck at goal and smashed the ball into the corner, a shot any centre forward would be proud of and no keeper in the world would be able to save…unfortunately it was his own goal.

Eventual Man of the Match and captain Gareth Minton then commanded his side for the remainder of the game, keeping the defensive unit very tight and allowing the attackers to play out the rest of the game in the opposing half. Stafford could have easily added two more goals but Dan Howe refused to pass to Colin Bishop on two occasions, instead cleverly opting to win a long corner and run the clock down (or he is a classic centre forward and wanted to score.)

Next week Stafford play Old Wolves at home, a game where they need to pick up three points before tough games against Stone and Telford in the near future.

*some being himself

MOM: Garth Minton
DOD: Andy ‘own goal’ Simms

Scorers: Dan How, Richard Bendall x2, Elliot ‘drag flick’ Glennon, Andy Barnett

5th Team for 26th Oct vs Old Wulfs

The Fathoms Team to face Old Wulfs Fathoms 9:30 am Meet at beaconside for a 10am pushback is as follows

Paul Ruddle (gk) – Available

Carl Dudley – Available

Paul Rennie – Available

Damon Morbey

Kyle Rennie – Available

Taran Bassie

Harry Coltman

Will Trotter – Available

Declan Martin – Available

Josh Thorne – Available

Matt Till – Available

Dan Whewall – Available

Pete Powers

Jack Fudger

Tyler Murray – Available

Match Report for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Game on Saturday 19th. October 2013 Re : Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team

Date : Saturday 19th. October 2013
Fixture : Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team
Venue : Beaconside, Stafford
Push-Back : 1.30pm
Score : 4-1 ( H/T 1-1 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : Will Trotter

MOM : George Hodkinson ( Nominated by all players in Stafford Fathom Team after game finished )

Umpires : N/A

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Ashley Dunn ( GK ), Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Jack Hodkinson, Declan Martin, Will Trotter, Ian Hodkinson, Tarran Bassie, Hary Coltman, Jack Fudger & John Sinclair Subs : George Hodkinson & Ben Waller.

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team went to this game, with a one nil win under their belts from beating Bridgnorth Fathoms last Saturday, but they knew they needed to continue, where they left off from last Saturdays game, as last November Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team lost 3-0 away to Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms and Stafford within fiveteen minutes of this game starting, found themselves one nil up from Will Trotter, slotting home a really good cross from Jack Hodkinson. Unfortunately, this goal then sparked Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms into putting Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team under quiet a bit of pressure and on a number of occasions, stand-in Stafford Fathoms keeper, Ashley Dunn, had to come to Stafford’s rescue Re : making a number of good saves, unfortunately he was unable to stop them equalising before half time.

The second half Stafford found themselves chasing the game and the opposition constantly put Stafford’s defence of Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Taran Bassie and Jack Fudge under the cosh / microscope and Ashley Dunn in goals for Stafford was unable to prevent Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms adding another 3 goals to their tally and despite a lot of hard work by Stafford’s midfield duo of Father & Son, Ian Hodkinson, and Jack Hodkinson and youngster George Hodkinson constantly tormenting Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms defenders, Stafford were limited to just a few chances in front of goals in this half, and the best chance to add to their first half goal, fell to substitute, Ben Waller, who’s shot on goal went just wide of Aldridge & Walsall’s ‘A’ Fathom goals.

Man of the Match this week was awarded by the whole team after the game finished, to young 11 year old George Hodkinson ( younger brother of Jack Hodkinson, who won man of the match award last Saturday ) for him coming on as a sub in the first half for Harry Coltman, and despite his age and size he wasn’t frightened or put off by playing against players a lot older than him and a lot bigger than him, he just relished the opportunity to play his first game of hockey for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team and the team appreciated his efforts and commitment by awarding him the man of the match for this game.

Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team and Paul Rennie, as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team felt that the team this week, didn’t perform as they had over the last few weeks, but are conscious of the fact that the side has changed quiet a bit over the last few weeks due to players either being promoted or not being available, but we are both convinced that the team will bounce back from this 4-1 defeat.

The next Stafford Fathom 5th. Team game is home this Saturday ( 26th. October ) to Old Wulfs Fathoms Re : 10am push-back at Beaconside, Stafford and all Fathom Players picked to play in this game need to meet at Beaconside at 9.30am, the team should be the same 11 players who played yesterday against Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms with the exception of Ian Hodkinson, who is not available for this game due to other commitments and the goalkeeper, Ashley Dunn & Jack Fudger, who were just standing-in for Stafford Fathoms yesterday, as they are at the moment Stafford 4th. Team Players, but it should include the return of Matthew Till, Dan Wheawall, Peter Powers, Josh Thorne who all missed yesterday’s game against Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms, due to other commitments and Neil Jinks has volunteered his services as another stand-in as Fathom Keeper, before he has to go and captain 4th. Team away to Sutton Coldfield 8ths. ( Re : 3.30pm pushback ) and Brad Evans & Charlie Trotter from Stafford 1st. Team have volunteered their services again as Umpires for this game ). Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team played Old Wulfs Fathoms at home in February and they drew 0-0, so hopefully this game will be a chance for the team to try and get back on track, after this weeks 4-1 defeat at the hands of Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathoms.

John Sinclair
Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Captain.

1st Team Match Reports – Bromsgrove and Nuneaton

Stafford HC 1st team had mixed results last weekend, losing 7-1 at Bromsgrove HC in the league on Saturday but beating Nuneaton HC in the Hockey Association Vase on Sunday.


Stafford were undone on Saturday against a young, skillful and well coached Bromsgrove team.  Starting well Stafford seem to be well matched against their opponents, but they soon introduced former Cannock 1st team player Andrew Langlands who was able to pull the Bromsgrove strings.  Stafford were guilty of giving the ball away too often in midfield and eventually Bromsgrove opened to scoring with a powerful drag flick into the bottom corner, Stafford then tried to force the game but were unable to keep control of the ball, Bromsgrove continually picked poor passes off and extended their lead to 3-0 at half time.


Stafford thought they might as well go for it in the second half and pushed forward only to be caught on the counter attack, it was not until the last 15 minutes that they were able to create some decent chances.  Randall Moore executed a drag flick himself to grab a goal back and Andy Peatfield played one straight at the keeper instead of placing it beyond him.  It was too little too late against a very good team.


Stafford fared better on Sunday against lower league Nuneaton, Stafford dominated the early stages but could not make their pressure tell.  Nuneaton then caught them on the break, their forward breaking a number of tackles before slotting the ball under the advancing Brad Evans.  Stafford knew they had to take their chances and Ben Cantrill eventually equalised after a slipped penalty corner move.


The second half was goalless despite Stafford dominating proceedings.  The Riverway team were able to keep their nerve in the penalty competition with Randall Moore, Ben Catrill, Andy Peatfield and Mike Wattley all scoring.  Brad Evans saved two opposition attempts to hand the victory to Stafford.


Next week they face Bloxwich HC at home, 1.00pm push back.