New club uniform announced

Our illustrious chairman, sporting next years after-match dress code. Club outfits are now available to purchase online.
Dave will be modelling the new outfit at this years end of season do as an exclusive premiere, and can also be seen featuring in next months ‘Hello’ magazine.

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Match Report – Stafford 2nds vs Stone

Stafford 2nd XI vs. Stone 16.11.13

Stafford went into today’s top of the table clash with local rivals knowing that regardless of other result, a win here would see them leapfrog Stone and go top of the league ahead of another crunch game against Telford next week.

Stafford opted for a new formation against a side who had suffered just one defeat this season. The switch saw stafford pack the midfield, starting with James Gillingham, Colin Bishop and Rich Drake as a bank of 3, with Andy Barnett behind in the holding role and playing with two Strikers, starting with Richard Bendall and Jack Ball.

This new formation was flipping wizardry, as Stafford bossed the opening of the game, restricting Stone to the odd touch. They turned the pressure into goals and in the first 6 1/2 minutes, Man of the Match Jack Ball had managed to grab a hat-trick and make it Stone HC 0, Jack Ball 3.

Richard Bendall then made a scoring return to the twos, with a goal which had fans at the packed out Beaconside Arena bemused after he ‘controlled’ the ball after some great build up play, under the Stone keeper.

Even at 4-0 down, Stone showed moments of quality that highlighted their position in the table, clipping the inside of the post on the stroke of halftime. Then, enter Colin Bishop who again deliver an inspirational team talk. Move over Mr Cameron, Team GB has a new leader.

Stone found a route back into the game after fumbling into the D and finding a player unmarked at the back post. Unfortunately this gave Stafford a bit of a wake up call and Stafford forced another goal off a Stone defender.

At 5-1 the action was not done. Dave ‘Mr Consistency’ Buldock and captain Gareth Minton continued to frustrate the Stone attackers with some great tackling and distribution.

Richard Drake the missed what would have been goal of the season as Stafford continued to drive on. Mike Wymer (yes, Mike Wymer) flicked the ball over 2 players into the opposing half. Andy Barnett controlled the ball before hitting a pass into the corner for Jack Ball to chase. Jack then fired the ball back post. Up stepped Rich Drake for his first Stafford goal…but no, he drilled it just wide. The fans, especially Steve Pailing, were going wild at this point.

However, Stone managed to grab a goal from a clever short corner before Stafford made it 6. Centre Forward Dan Howe who played much more of link role, capped off a great battling performance with a threw ball to find Richard Bendall who dummied the keeper and put it around him for his second.

All in all, a great performance by Stafford twos has seen them remain undefeated and go top of West Midland Div. 1. YES BOYS

MOM: Jack Ball
DOD: Cpt. Broke Car, Gareth Minton
Scorers: Jack Ball x 3, Richard Bendall x2, O.G

Rage of the week goes to the Stone keeper after Dan Howe for some reason caught the ball (yes in his hands) before attempting to play on with a cheeky smile upon his face.

Other notable events:
1) Mike Wymer brought his girlfriend so he could have a pre match, half time, substitution and post match kiss.
2) Andy Barnett is still wearing a headband (and rockin’ it cuz real me wear headbands)
3) James Falconbridge and Elliot Glennon are very much in love still.

Stafford 1st XI at home to Lymm (cup game) 17/11/13

11am meet at Beaconside for a 12.00 start

Bradley Evans
Simon Parnell
Giles Rowden
Guy Malpass
Benjamin Cantrill
Richard Buka
Dan Howe
James Faulconbridge
Randall Moore
Daniel Rennie
Charles Trotter
Andrew Peatfield
John Peatfield
Chris Sunderland

I know you haven’t all specifically confirmed for this game but if not available, could you let me know. Buka

1st XI team away to Old Wulfs 16/11/13

12.30pm meet at the club for a 3pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School

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

Any problems, let me know. Buka

Stafford 2nd team to play Stone – 1pm pushback

Stafford 2nd team to play Stone – 12:00 meet in the foyer of the sport centre. There is a slight change of formation so all players to meet at 12 to discuss this.

Paul Ruddle – yes

Gareth Minton – yes
Dave Baldock

Elliot Glennon – yes
Andy Barnett – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes

Colin Bishop – yes
James Gillingham – yes
Richard Drake – yes

Dan Howe – yes
Rich Bendall – yes

Mike Wymer – yes
Jack Ball

Beaconside Parking Restrictions

Starting Monday, 11th November 2013

Please be aware that all cars parked at Beaconside Sport Centre need a free parking permit to be displayed in the car windscreen.

These can be obtained by from the Sports Reception desk. You will need to provide your car registration number. It may be possible for regular users can get a permit that lasts for a month – please ask at reception.

There will be fines of £70 for ALL cars parked on double yellow lines; in disabled bays (without disabled sticker); on the grass; parked without a permit visible or not in a marked parking bay.

Please can captains make visiting teams aware of the new restrictions on their arrival.

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Report for Saturday 9th. November 2013 Re : Wolverhampton Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th.Team

Date : Saturday 9th. November 2013
Fixture : Wolverhampton Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team
Venue : Aldersley Stadium, Aldersley Road, Tettenhall, Woverhampton WV6 9NW
Push-Back : 2.00pm
Score : 3-2 ( H/T 2-1 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Tyler Murray, Matthew Till & Ian Hodkinson

MOM : Ian Hodkinson ( Nominated by Paul Rennie, Stafford Vice Fathom / 5th. Team Captain )

Umpires : N/A

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Wolverhampton 3rd. Team Keeper ( GK ), Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Declan Martin, Will Trotter, Tarran Bassie, Hary Coltman, Alan Snell, Kyle Rennie, Tyler Murray, Ian Hodkinson, Matthew Till, Peter Powers & George Hodkinson.

Stafford 5ths were trying a new team formation yesterday, in an effort to improve the teams performance. They were up against a strong and experienced Wolverhampton side.
From the whistle Stafford pressed the Wolves defence, with good linking play from Alan Snell in midfield to the forwards Ian Hodginson, Will Trotter, Tyler Murray, Harry Coltman and Matt Till.
The new playing formation created a number of good opportunities for Stafford, and after a few minutes, Tyler Murray hit a cracking shot for Stafford’s first goal. Not long after this, some good passing between Will trotter, Tyler Murray and Harry Coltman, across the D saw Matt Till drive home Stafford’s second goal, giving the away team a well deserved lead.
However, it didn’t all go Stafford’s way, and a late short corner in the first half saw Wolves pull one back.
In the second half, Wolves came out strong and put Stafford under a lot of continued pressure, but backs Carl Dudley, Declan Murray, Taran Bassie, and Pete Power, together with centre half Alan Snell, managed to frustrate Wolves’ attacks.
Ian Hodgkinson provided excellent passing support to the three front runners, and George Hodgkinson harried the Wolves fullbacks in the 16 yard area. Later in the second half, Wolves secured their second goal from a well struck short corner, making the game 2-2.
With several minutes left, a scorching run by Ian Hodginson (who was Stafford’s man of the match), saw him pass several Wolves players, and once inside the D, he struck a powerful shot into the net. This gave Stafford a 3-2 lead, and was the final result. A well deserved win for Stafford against a determined Wolves side.
The new team formation created a number of goal scoring opportunities for Stafford, and is certainly a good foundation for the team to develop further. Our young players gave an excellent account of themselves today.

Thanks must also go to Wolves who provided Stafford with a goalkeeper, who defended the Stafford goals well.

There is one noteworthy comment. After the game, one of the Wolves players came over and commended Stafford’s young team members on how well they played. A sentiment I would most certainly agree with.

Report on Stafford Fathom Match done by Paul Rennie ( Vice Captain of Stafford Fathom Team ).

This Saturday ( 16th November ) Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team are Away again, this time to North Staffs Fathoms Re : 12 mid-day push back at Staffordshire University, Stoke Site, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent and all Fathom Players who are picked to play in this game, will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 10.30am and Peter Powers, George Hodkinson & Ian Hodkinson who played in yesterday’s win against Wolverhampton Fathoms are unfortunately unable to play in this game, but Captain, John Sinclair, who has been unable to play since the Away game against Aldridge & Walsall Fathom A Team on Saturday 19th. October 2013 due to injury / other commitments and Josh Thorne who missed yesterday’s game, due to other commitments are available to play in this game.

Just to keep the Stafford Fathom Team focused, after their magnificent win against Wolverhampton Fathoms yesterday, is that back in February Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team played North Staffs Fathoms Away and unfortunately lost this game well and truly by four goals to nil, but with the way the Fathoms are playing at the moment, it is possible to turn this result around this time against North Staffs Fathoms.

Fantasy Hockey – Week 6

So after a weekend of being Banned from Playing, being accused of Barracking the umpires while physically unable to speak and given no leeway on getting the Fantasy hockey results posted to the website. ( Cheers Trotter)  The League Table after the week 6 fixtures is as follows.

Brian returns to the top of the pile – questions are starting to be asked as to why certain people aren’t getting the cards they usually do 😉

Point of Rules clarification, as both the 1st and 3rd Team matches have gone down as actual results, they will be counted for the fantasy hockey.

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 283
2 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 280
3 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 280
4 Geeks United Richard Bendall 276
5 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 271
6 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 271
7 Plan B Steve Paling 260
8 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 259
9 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 253
10 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 252
11 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 251
12 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 246
13 Team Weet Chris Weetman 244
14 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 243
15 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 240
16 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 239
17 Doom Weasels Pog 238
18 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 237
19 TBC Brad Evans 237
20 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 236
21 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 229
22 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 227
23 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 226
24 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 226
25 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 224
26 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 223
27 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 222
28 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 220
29 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 217
30 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 204
31 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 204
32 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 203
33 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 199
34 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 193
35 TBC1 Randall Moore 192
36 Creswell Dennis Wall 179
37 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 176
38 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 169

1st Team Match Report v Kingswinford

Stafford HC 1st team, scored an amazing 13 goals to beat Kingswinford HC last weekend in West Midlands Division 1.  The visitors have suffered some internal turmoil in the last few weeks and could only field 9 players, but credit to the team and Club for making the effort to field a side.

 

Unfortunately for them league hockey is league hockey and Stafford had to take the opportunity to improve their goal difference.  The scoring was opened after a pass from Randall Moore found the hard working Ben Hollands at the far post to walk the ball into the net, after that Stafford were able to score at regular intervals.

 

Moore scored 4, including a stunning reverse stick finish into the roof of the net, Andy Peatfield and 16 year old Charlie Trotter both bagged hat-tricks, Trotter scoring some great individual goals to deservedly win the man of the match award.  Hollands got another and the scoring was completed by centre back Ben Cantrill who dived gracefully at the far post to put the icing on the cake.

 

Late on Kingswinford created their only real chance and Brad Evans saved well from a powerfully flicked short corner.  Stafford went 3rd with this result and will be looking to take the momentum into next weeks game, away against Old Wulfs.

Stafford 2nd team match report.

Stafford 2nd XI vs. Redditch 9.11.13

For those involved in last weeks match report ‘word association game’, the out of place words were tin, sponge, cup, fairy, fruit and Christmas…all of which are linked by cake. This week was less dull so no word games I’m afraid, just drama, goals and lols.

This week, Stafford twos travelled to Reddich with a point to prove after last weeks goalless draw, and defiantly needed 3 points with the two other main league contenders playing each other today.

Stafford started the game in the normal twos way, comfortable on the ball, creating chances and then out of nowhere, boom, a goal down thanks to short corner that should never have been given. Stafford then continued to make chances, spreading the play well and centre forward Dan Howe even took the time to have a polite ‘rule based conversation’ with the opposing CB which resulted in Howe ironically yelling “why are you yelling at me”, but at half time it remained 1-0 to Redditch.

Then, Colin Bishop stole the half time show with a Winchurh-esque speech, and boy did it work! The team were quick out the blocks, linking up in the midfield well and bringing in wing backs James Falconbridge and Man of the Match Dave Buldock into some great build up play.

After the longest string if short corners ever recorded in a hockey match, Stafford eventually made the breakthrough, when Jack Ball took advantage of three blocked Stafford shots before smashing it home.

Stafford then continued to play great hockey and soon made it two, a quickly taken free hit from James Gillingham found Andy Barnett with space at the top of the D, he drew the centre back out of position before playing the ball to Mike Wymer who calmly slotted the ball home.

Richard Bendall then proved that his operation was all a rouse not to play on this horrid pitch by getting told off for yelling at the umpire from the sideline. However, it was later revealed that Matt Best had in fact started this, but the umpire insisted that despite an operation the day before, Mav was to blame. As such, he has been warned about aggressive penmanship and being overly keen with his clip board.

Stafford’s hard work was then undone by another well worked Reddith short corner that was slipped left before flicked passed keeper Rich Dean.

Dan Howe then stepped up for Stafford to grab the lead once more, again Stafford had a string of short corners with Gareth Minton coming close on a number of occasions, before Dan slap hit the ball threw the legs of the on rushing keeper.

Dan grabbed his second, and Stafford’s fourth when the game opened up. A quick break saw Stafford’s favourite Russian Revolution student who does homework In the car to games (James Falconbridge) play a quick ball into the D and Dan topped and spun the ball in such a way it started very wide and ‘curved’ into the goal.

Stafford now sit second in the league and remain the sole undefeated team. Next week they have a crucial game against Stone who are now top.

MOM: Dave Buldock
DOD: Richard Bendal
Scorers: Jack Ball, Mike Wymer, Dan Howe x2

Two ‘rage of the week’ contenders, Dan Howe when Gilly missed a chance at the back post and Andy Barnett who fell over and yelled abuse at the AstroTurf.