Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team v Aldridge & Walsall Fathom ‘B’ Team on Saturday 30th. November 2013

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( as at 27-11-2013 ) for Saturday 30th. November for Fathom Game against Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms ‘B’ Team Re : 10am pushback at Beaconside and Stafford Fathom Players to meet at 9.30am at Beaconside :
1) Pog ( GK )
2) Peter Powers
3) Alan Snell
4) Carl Dudley
5) Paul Rennie
6) Kyle Rennie
7) Dan Wheawall – 1st Half Only & Brad Evans – 2nd. Half Only
8) Matthew Till
9) Damon Morbray
10) Will Trotter
11) Declan Martin
12) Tyler Murray
13) Taran Bassie
14) Me – John Sinclair ( If needed ).

Umpires :
Charlie Trotter or hopefully a Stafford 1st. Team Player to be confirmed by Richard Buka, Stafford 1st. Team Captain & Brad Evans ( 1st. Half Only ) + another 1st. Team Player to be confirmed by Richard Buka, Stafford 1st. Team Captain.

Stafford 2nd team to play Wolverhampton

Stafford 2nd team to play wolverhampton – 12:15 meet at the club or 1pm at Aldersley Stadium (2pm start)

Paul Ruddle – yes

Rob Peatfield – yes
Gareth Minton – yes – direct

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

Colin Bishop – yes – direct
James Gillingham – yes

Dan Howe – yes
Jack Ball – yes

Mike Wymer – yes – direct
Rich Bendall – yes
Ian Robinson – yes – direct

1st Team Match Report v Tamworth

Stafford HC 1st team took the honours last weekend away against Staffordshire rivals Tamworth, winning 6-1 to go top of West Midlands Division 1.


However as per normal Stafford started poorly, seemingly unable to string passes together.  Tamworth capitalised on a loose pass and broke down the left, a missed tackle by Simon Parnell allowed the winger to cross the ball to the far post, leaving Brad Evans stranded, 1-0 to Tamworth.  It could have been worse when a similar move saw a Tamworth forward in front of goal with just the last defender to beat, his shot was topped and Giles Rowden was able to clear the ball.


After this Stafford woke up and were able to put some pressure on the Tamworth circle, a couple of rash challenges saw penalty corners awarded.  Ben Hollands equalised after a Randall Moore shot was saved, Hollands smashing the rebound home.  Stafford then took the lead with a slipped corner to Ben Cantrill, a talented ballet dancer in his youth, who pirouetted and hit the ball home.


1-1 at half time but after the break it was one way traffic, Moore was leaving his markers for dust and creating some good chances, an inform keeper was the only thing keeping him at bay.  Eventually he scored his first after great work by man of the match John Peatfield, a well placed pass to Moore allowed him to slot it home.  Dan Rennie then scored a lovely deflected goal after sneaking behind his marker, Moore completed his hat-trick, with a couple of unstoppable shots.


There was still time for Stafford to hit the post twice but the result was beyond doubt.  Stafford went top to join the 2nd team in a similar position in their league and the 3rd team in second position.  Its becoming a stella season for the Riverway Club.  Next weekend the 1st team have a blank fixture before returning to league action away against Ludlow on the 7th December.

Stafford 3XI Result vs West Brom

Stafford 8 West Brom 0

Ian Robertson 3
John Sutton 1
Tony Milner 1
Nathan Silito 2
OG 1

MOM Nathan Silito

Stafford’s start was not the best and reflected not having played for 2 weeks. Once they settled down the goals came at regular intervals throughout the remainder of the game.

The deadlock was broken by a slick move with Nathan Silito controlling the ball in the D before laying off a peach of a ball to Robbo who just had to pass it into the back of the goal.

The most well worked goal came from a driving run by John Falconbridge who slipped the ball to Tony Milner just inside the 23 whose first time ball to Dave Parr was laid off to Robbo who scored again.

Nathan got a couple of excellent goals which along with his play on the left deservedly won him man of the match.

West Brom continued to play well throughout the game but struggled to break down the Stafford defence and their spirit was knocked when an strong shot was brilliantly saved by Rich Dean in goal. This was probably their best effort on goal.

Last but not least a mention goes to Tony Milner who scored a wonder goal and proved that it is not all about smashing it into the goal – they all count!

Final league game before the Christmas break is away against Old Wulfrunians.

Stafford 2nd team match report, courtesy of Andy “Ron Burgandy” Barnett

Stafford 2nd vs. Telford

Stafford twos faced a big test to their undefeated record against Telford who had the best defence in the league, concealing just 5 goals up their opening 7 games.

Once again Stafford came out the blocks, and once again Jack Ball grabbed a goal inside the opening 5 minutes, smashing the ball home from a tight angle. unfortunately he was unable to copy last weeks 6 minute hat trick.

However, before long Stafford had doubled there league. Andy Barnett slipped the ball to Mike Whatley at the top of the D who looked to pass, before Dan Howe screamed ‘shoot!’, Mike listened to the big man and drove the ball right into the corner.

Telford managed to find a route back into the game just before the break with a clever short corner that slipped the ball to the side. There was still time for Mike Wymer to make a very naughty play and hit the ball away after giving away the foul. Green Card…naughty Mike.

Stafford excited the packed out Beaconside arena with slide tackles from Andy Simms and some actual good play form Mike Whatley and keeper Paul Ruddle who made a number of tidy saves when the Stafford line was broke.

Half time was surprisingly quiet this week, Cpt. Gareth Minton didn’t use any catchphrases and the usually upbeat Colin Bishop resorted to yelling ‘1-2-3 Stafford’ without an inspirational team talk.

Even without Colin’s word, Stafford started the half well, Richard Bendall got onto the end of a good throw ball before taking it around the keeper. The keeper did not like this one bit, so take Mav out. Mav reacted by putting his arms in the air and staying on his knees until he was ready to mince over and confidently score the flick.

Cpt. Gareth Minton was then so enraged by Andy Simms dropping the C-Bomb that he played the ball to the Telford centre forward. Luckily the striker was also so enrage by the C-Bomb that he missed the chance. Don’t worry folks, Andy has been fined one English pound for this.

I can’t remember Telfords second goal, I wasn’t on the pitch (nor was I for the first), must be the mo. Power to the moustache.

Stafford needed a lift, and at this point, James Falconbirdge used the very last of his teenage boy voice to scream ‘come on Stafford’. This got Colin Bishop in the mood who wanted to make up for his first half miss by hitting every single pad the keeper had. But it’s ok, about 5 minutes later he controlled the ball (taking an age to do so) before scoring an open goal.

The game was then safe as Stafford saw out another great result, leaving them top of the league.

This week, we have the first Stafford Twos player profile.

Name: Dan Howe
Position: Striker
Favourite Team Mate: Andy Barnett
Moment of the Season: The C-Bomb
Favourite member of One Direction: Niall
Season in 5 words: Superb, undefeated bunch of lads

Thanks Dan, next weeks profile will be a classic.

MOM: James Gillingham
DOD: Colin Bishop
Scorers: Colin Bishop, Richard Bendall, Jack Ball, Mike Whatley

Next week, Stafford twos face Wolverhampton, if they win they’ll be top for Christmas.