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