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.