Stafford 1st XI away to Nuneaton 20/10/13

11am leave from the club for 13.15 pushback at Etone Sports Centre, Nuneaton, CV11 6AD.

Bradley Evans
Giles Rowden
Guy Malpass
Benjamin Cantrill
Richard Buka
Michael Wattley
James Falconbridge
Randall Moore
Christopher Sunderland
Daniel Rennie
Daniel Howe
Charles Trotter
Andrew Peatfield

Any problems, let me know. Buka

Stafford 2nd team to play Bromsgrove – 1pm start

Team to play Bromsgrove – 12:15 meet pitchside:

Jay Mullor
Andy Simms – yes
Andy Barnett – yes
Elliot Glennon
Gareth Minton – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes
Dave Baldock
Colin Bishop
Ian Robinson – yes
Mike Wymer – yes
Dan Howe – yes
James Gillingham – yes
Rich Bendall – yes

Please come and support us if you are free as well !

Stafford 1st XI away to Bromsgrove 19/10/13

10am leave from the club for 12.15 pushback at Bromsgrove School, B61 7HP.

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

STAFFORD MEN’S HOCKEY FATHOM / 5TH. TEAM FIXTURES FOR 2013 / 2014

05/10/2013 CANNOCK AWAY
12/10/2013 BRIDGNORTH HOME
19/10/2013 ALDRIDGE A AWAY
26/10/2013 OLD WULFS HOME
02/11/2013 BLOXWICH AWAY
09/11/2013 WOLVERHAMPTON HOME
( AT STONE HOCKEY CLUB RE : 10AM PUSH BACK, AS STAFFORD LADIES HAVE GOT THE 10AM & 11.30AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE, STAFFORD ON THIS DATE ).
16/11/2013 NORTH STAFFS AWAY
23/11/2013 TAMWORTH AWAY / NOW HOME
( AT STONE HOCKEY CLUB RE : 10AM PUSH BACK, AS STAFFORD LADIES HAVE GOT THE 10AM & 11.30AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE, STAFFORD ON THIS DATE ).
30/11/2013 ALDRIDGE B HOME
07/12/2013 LUDLOW AWAY
14/12/2013 WHITCHURCH HOME

18/01/2014 CANNOCK HOME
( AT STONE HOCKEY CLUB RE : 10AM PUSH BACK, AS STAFFORD LADIES HAVE GOT THE 10AM & 11.30AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE, STAFFORD ON THIS DATE ).
25/01/2014 BRIDGNORTH AWAY
01/02/2014 ALDRIDGE A HOME
08/02/2014 OLD WULFS AWAY
( STAFFORD LADIES HOCKEY REQUIRE 10AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE ON THIS DATE ).
15/02/2014 BLOXWICH HOME
22/02/2014 WOLVERHAMPTON AWAY
01/03/2014 NORTH STAFFS HOME
08/03/2014 TAMWORTH HOME / NOW AWAY
( STAFFORD LADIES HOCKEY REQUIRE 10AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE ON THIS DATE ).
15/03/2014 ALDRIDGE B AWAY
22/03/2014 LUDLOW HOME
( AT STONE HOCKEY CLUB RE : 11.30AM PUSH BACK, AS STAFFORD LADIES HAVE GOT THE 10AM & 11.30AM SLOT AT BEACONSIDE, STAFFORD ON THIS DATE ).
29/03/2014 WHITCHURCH AWAY

3rd XI Team Match Report 12th October

Stafford 4 Finchfield 0
Bendall 1
Silito 2
Gibbens 1

Despite the horrendous weather conditions Stafford 3rd XI played excellent hockey against a young Finchfield side.

Stafford exerted pressure on the Finchfield goal throughout the game and limited the opposition to a single penalty corner and no shots on goal. Rich Dean playing in goal literally touched the ball once to kick a wayward pass back into play!

Despite a number of chances Stafford could not make the pressure pay off with a goal but Stafford welcomed Richard Bendall back to the team and he provided a cutting edge when he and Nathan Silito combined well to score 3 in final 12 minutes at the end of the first half.

The second half continued as per the first with ongoing Stafford dominance (in now torrential rain) but without being able to make the pressure pay. The Finchfield goalkeeper made some great saves to keep down the score. The second half stalemate was broken when a reverse stick shot from Rich Gibbens squeezed through a number of defenders and the keeper to creep into the far corner of the goal.

A good game played in good spirits by both teams.

Nathan Silito was a well deserved man of the match but commendations should also go to Pete Chiu for another sterling performance at left back

Stafford look forward to a trip to Redditch on Saturday 19th October

Fantasy Hockey League – 2013/2014

Week 3 and already the race is heating up, Fi and Andy are still out in front, although admittedly this week they’ve switched positions, Closely followed by John Sudale and Brian Brinson.

At the other end of the table Randall, Robbo and Jon Williams are all Vying for the wooden spoon spot.

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 134
2 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 124
3 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 123
4 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 123
5 Plan B Steve Paling 122
6 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 115
7 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 110
8 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 110
9 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 109
10 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 104
11 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 104
12 Geeks United Richard Bendall 103
13 Team Weet Chris Weetman 102
14 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 101
15 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 100
16 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 98
17 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 95
18 Doom Weasels Pog 95
19 TBC Brad Evans 94
20 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 91
21 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 91
22 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 91
23 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 89
24 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 88
25 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 87
26 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 86
27 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 86
28 Creswell Dennis Wall 86
29 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 85
30 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 85
31 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 85
32 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 85
33 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 82
34 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 80
35 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 80
36 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 77
37 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 76
38 TBC1 Randall Moore 74

 

 

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Match Report Re : Stafford Fathoms v Bridgnorth Fathoms on Saturday 12th. October 2013

Date : Saturday 12th. October 2013
Fixture : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Bridgnorth Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside, Stafford
Push-Back : 10am
Score : 1-0 ( H/T 1-0 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Will Trotter

MOM : Jack Hodkinson ( Nominated by Club Coach, Dave Evans watching full game on the side-lines )

Umpires : Brad Evans & Charlie Trotter ( from Stafford 1st. Team )

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Steve Paling ( GK ), Gary Varga, Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Jack Hodkinson, Declan Martin, Will Trotter, Matthew Till, Alan Snell, Kyle Rennie, Ian Hodkinson & John Sinclair ( Captain – 12th. Man )

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team playing their first fathom game of the season at home against a formidable Bridgnorth Fathom Team, which they lost to away last December 7-1 and like last Saturday’s game away to Cannock Fathoms / 8ths, they knew it was likely to be another tough game for them. Knowing this, Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, gave a team talk before the start of this home fathom game to the 12 players listed above, to encourage all of them to remember the start and finish to last weeks game against Cannock Fathoms / 8ths, in that they started that game all over the place, but finished it strongly and as a unit / team and that they needed to start this particular game, just the way they finished playing in last week’s fathom game, strong and playing for one another and this team talk seemed to have the right effect, as Stafford started strongly and brightly and in tune with one another, despite the delay to the start of this game, due to an oversight by the Stafford Fathom Captain to provide Stafford Fathom / 5th. Keeper, Steve Paling with goalkeeping kit, which was provided at the last minute by one of the Umpires / Stafford First Team Keeper, Brad Evans ( so a big thank-you goes to him for getting Johnny Sink and Stafford Fathoms out of a very embarrassing / awkward situation ). Anyhow, once the delayed game was underway, Mat Till, who had a quiet game ( for his standards ) last Saturday, started really well causing Bridgnorth defence loads of problems down the left flank and Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team dominated the first half and Steve Paling standing in as Stafford Fathom / 5th. Keeper, hardly touched the ball during the first half and Stafford’s first and only goal came about 15 minutes before half time, which was created by some good play down the left wing by the already mentioned, Mat Till and his pass to young Kyle Rennie was neatly passed onto young Will Trotter in the ‘D’, who drove an excellent shot low and hard pass the Bridgnorth Keeper and at half time his goal ensured Stafford Fathoms / 5ths were in a justified 1-0 lead.

2nd. half though Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team had to work really hard and the midfield trio of Alan Snell, Ian Hodkinson and young Jack Hodkinson and it’s experienced defence of Carl Dudley, Gary Varga & Paul Rennie / John Sinclair had to work really hard to keep Stafford’s slender 1-0 lead. Bridgnorth defence cut out Stafford, Mat Till’s runs down the left flank and marked Stafford Fathom’s forward of Declan Martin tightly, snuffing out majority of passes to him and their midfield and forwards put the forementioned Stafford Fathoms / 5ths midfield and defence under the cosh / microscope and Steve Paling on a number of occasions in this half also had to come to Stafford’s rescue with a number of saves / blocks in goals for them and in the last five minutes of the game Bridgnorth Fathoms looked increasingly like that they might equalise, but Stafford dug deep and held on, so at the final whistle, Stafford Fathoms / 5ths were able to register their first win of the season with a 1-0 win over their Bridgnorth Fathom counterparts and Club Coach, Dave Evans, who came along to watch his son, Brad umpire this game, came over at the end of the game to say that he was really pleased with how Stafford Fathoms / 5ths as a whole performed against a a very strong Bridgnorth Team, especially in the second half, when Stafford were under a lot of pressure and he gave Man of the Match just ahead of Mat Till & Will Trotter to young Jack Hodkinson for his workman like performance in midfield.

Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team and Paul Rennie, as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team were really pleased on how the team performed / played in this particular game, especially under pressure, which we were in the second half and it also helped only having to make one substitution during this game rather than the 4 that had to be made during last weeks game away to Cannock Fathoms / 8th. Team.

The next Stafford Fathom 5th. Team game is way this Saturday ( 19th. October ) to Aldridge & Walsall A Fathoms ( 1.30pm push-back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus WS1 3BD and all Fathom Players picked to play in this game need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 12 mid-day for the trip to Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus WS1 3BD, the team should be the same 12 players who played Bridgnorth Fathoms yesterday with the exception of a doubtful Alan Snell, due to family commitments and the goalkeeper, Steve Paling who was just standing-in for Stafford Fathoms yesterday, as he is at the moment a Stafford 3rd. Team out player, but it should include the return of Harry Coltman, who missed yesterday game against Bridgnorth Fathoms, due to illness and Tarran Bassie, who missed yesterday game game against Bridgnorth Fathoms, due to family commitments ). Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team played Aldridge Fathoms away last November and lost 3-0, but if Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team carry over how they played yesterday against Bridgnorth Fathoms, then I am convinced as captain of the side, that Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team will this time, be a different opposition for Aldridge Fathom A Team to deal with, as they will have to work and compete hard, to get anywhere close / near to the score-line of last year, if at all, as Stafford will go there with a mission, to show them, that we are now a side who have improved from last November who lost 3-0, to a side who now need to be taken notice of, so long as the performances given in the last 2 fathom games ( i.e. away to Cannock fathoms / 8th. Team & home to Bridgnorth Fathoms ) are replicated.

John Sinclair

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Captain.

Result – Belper 2nds – 11, Stafford 2nds – 2

Stafford fell at the first hurdle in this years 2nd team cup, falling 11:2 to a very slick Belper team, who will go a long way in this competition.

Bolstered by a good performance yesterday, and with club coach Dave Evans assisting, Stafford were keen to come out fighting. Unfortunately, our lack of experience at this level soon showed, with Belper taking the kinds of opportunities which, at our usual level, are invariably missed. As the half wore on Stafford showed real signs of improvement, and started to play our passing game. Our opponents however were very adept at controlling the ball from the most awkward of positions and were hitting slick, accurate passes left right and centre.

With the half time score at 8-0, a rousing team talk and change of formation led to a different approach and a more direct style of play. This pushed Velper slightly on to the back foot, and after 3 further goals we were rewarded with a Rennie goal off a short corner. Belper hit back with another straight away but Stafford, with the last touch, scored a much deserved second through Bishop.

MOTM – Jay Mullor
DOTD – Elliot Glennon

Scorers – Rennie, Bishop

1st Team Match Report v Edgbaston 2nds

Stafford HC 1st team drew 2-2 with Edgbaston HC 2nds last weekend in a friendly fixture.  Stafford started brilliantly with a goal from Dan Rennie in the first minute, created by a run and pass from Andy Peatfield, Rennie ran to the new post and deflected it in.

 

Edgbaston seemed to wake up then and created some decent chances, wing backs Richard Buka and Mike Wattley were there to break down the play. Stafford then scored their second, in a similar move to the first, Rennie this time turned provider, playing the ball to the far post for Peatfield to deflect in.

 

Edgbaston then equalized after some smart approach play, the forward made his way into the circle before laying it off to the far post for another player to score.  The second half could have gone both ways, Rennie should have had a hat trick, after missing the ball when striking before failing to finish from a metre out!  Brad Evans then deflected a shot off his head to hit the bar.  Eventually Edgbaston equalized when Stafford were guilty of standing still when expecting a decision to be given the forward took his chance and blasted home.

 

A great game, played in good spirit, next week Stafford will have to be more clinical when facing Bromsgrove away, 12:15pm start at Bromsgrove school.

Result – Solihull Blossomfield 2nds – 3, Stafford 2nds – 3

Stafford produced another good performance and again were disappointed to leave Solihull with only a draw.

A slightly changed formation saw Stafford dominate the opening 20 minutes but only score one goal through Dan Howe after excellent midfield build up play. Blossomfield then snuck in an equaliser but Stafford had up to this point put in a dominant display.

After the break Blissomfield came out hard, but fell to a slick Stafford break. Stafford were then incredibly unlucky to concede, a cross deflected in by our unfortunate keeper equalising the game. Blossomfield then took the lead through a very Skillful deflection, and with Stafford mounting an enormous press for the last 15 minutes of the game, Ian Robinson got a much deserved equalising goal. Bloss then completely backed up defensively and try as we might , we were unlucky to not find a winning goal

MOTM – Colin Bishop
DOTD – Gareth Minton

Scorers – Dan Howe 2
Ian Robinson – 1

Stafford Fathom / 5th Team to play against Bridgnorth Fathoms at Beaconside Re : 10am push-back on Saturday 12th. October 2013.

Players who have confirmed are available to play for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team against Bridgnorth Fathoms this Saturday 12th. October 2013, pushing back at 10am at Beaconside, Stafford ( all players selected to play in this game, need to meet at Beaconside at 9.30am ) are listed below :

1) Steve Paling ( G/K )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie

4) Gary Varga

5) Carl Dudley

6) Will Trotter

7) Harry Coltman

8) Jack Hodkinson

9) Matthew Till

10) Kyle Rennie

11) Declan Martin

12) Alan Snell ( to confirm to me on Friday, if he is available or not, to play in this game )

13) Ian Hodkinson

14) John Sinclair ( Captain ).

( Players not available to play in this week’s fathom game are : Peter Powers & Dan Wheawall )

Charlie Trotter & Brad Evans of the Stafford 1st. Team have kindly volunteered to Umpire this game for us ( so as captain of the side a big thank-you to you both, from everyone who will be playing in this game ) + if anyone fancies coming along to watch us in this game, then you are more than welcome to come along to support us and cheer us on.

After the game has finished hot food will be available down at our club, so all Fathom / 5th. Team players who have played in this particular game are invited, if they fancy it, to come back to our club for something to eat and drink and the opposition, Bridgnorth Fathoms, have already confirmed that they will be coming back to our club, after this game, to have some of this hot food & to participate in some liquid refreshments.

Stafford Fathom’s / 5th. Team next game on Saturday 19th. October 2013 is Away to Aldridge & Walsall Fathom A Team and it is a
a 1.30pm push-back at Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus Re : Post code of WS1 3BD ( and access is off Magdalene Road ) and players selected to play in this game, will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 12 mid-day ( Please feel free to text me at any time on 07966398190, to let me know your availability to play in this particular game and your availability to drive to this game )

John Sinclair
Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Captain

Mobile No : 07966398190

E Mail Address : johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk