1st Team Match Report v Leamington HC

Stafford HC 1st team finished the first half of the league season with a disappointing 4-2 home defeat against Leamington HC.  Stafford were forced to make a couple of changes at the back due to unavailability and the unfamiliar partnerships struggled to cope with a well organised opposition.  The first goal came when Stafford missed a number of tackles, the first shot was blocked but the rebound was put in on the reverse stick side.

 

Stafford were able to create some chances and John Peatfield scored with a lovely chipped shot after a Randall Moore pass.  Unfortunately Stafford then let another two sloppy goals in after more missed tackles but did pull one back before half time, with a trade mark Randall Moore drag flick at a penalty corner.

 

Stafford went into half time feeling that they were well and truly in the game but that changed after half time when keeper Brad Evans was red carded for dissent after a penalty stroke was awarded.  Captain Richard Buka put the pads on and amazingly saved the penalty!  Unfortunately Stafford eventually conceded a final goal after John Peatfield received a yellow card and Stafford were down to 9 players.  Despite some heroic efforts from Ben Hollands and Charlie Trotter in midfield Stafford could not score.

 

Stafford are 4th at the break, there have been some big positives but unfortunately  the lack of discipline  at crucial times has cost Stafford dearly.  Stafford will be looking to put things right after the Christmas break and maintain a push for promotion.

Details for Friendly Fixtures for Saturday 4th.January 2013 Re : Stafford 1st. 2nd & 3rd. Teams.

Dates & times for Friendly Fixtures on Saturday 4th. January 2014 :

Wolverhampton 1sts v Stafford 1sts
1.30pm push back at Aldersley Stadium, Aldersley Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Stafford Hockey Club to travel to Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton, to be announced by Stafford 1st. Team Captain, Richard Buka nearer the date )

Stafford 2nds v Old Shills 2nds
1.00pm push back at Beaconside, Stafford
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Beaconside, to be announced by Stafford 2nd. Team Captain, Gareth Minton nearer the date )

Old Shills 3rds v Stafford 3rds
2pm push back at Old Shills Hockey Club, Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LW
( Meet time Re : meeting of players at Stafford Hockey Club to travel to Old Shills Hockey Club to be announced by Stafford 3rd. Team Captain, Jamie Ferguson nearer the date ) .

Please can you let your Captain know your availability for the above friendly games on Saturday 4th. January 2014, as soon as you possibly can and there might be a game at 4pm at Beaconside on Saturday 4th. January 2014,for Stafford 4ths and 5ths, if there is enough players interested in playing in this game, so please let Stafford 4th. Team Captain, Neil Jinks or myself ( John Sinclair )as Stafford 5th. Team Captain, know before Saturday 4th. January 2014 about wanting to participate in this game.

Before I go, I would like to invite you all tomorrow afternoon to come along and watch the Stafford 5th. Team / Fathom Team as our youngsters and a few oldies like myself play against Whitchurch Fathoms at 4pm at Beaconside. This season Stafford’s 5th. Team / Fathoms have yet to lose at home, so I am sure your support, would be very much appreciated by all in the team, as I am sure it would drive us on to try and achieve a fifth straight win at home and to build on last Saturday’s 7-1 win away against Ludlow Fathoms.

If you are unable to come along and watch our fathom game tomorrow and support our youngsters or are unable to attend / join in the festivities at the Club’s Christmas Party tomorrow nite, then can I take this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, as Fixture Secretary for Stafford Hockey Club and hope to see you all again in 2014 Re : the friendly fixtures on Saturday 4th. January 2014.

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team for Saturday 14th. December 2013 Re : Santa Hat Game of Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Whitchurch Fathoms

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( as at 12-12-2013 ) for Saturday 14th. December 2013 for Santa Hat Fathom Game against Whitchurch Fathom Team Re : 4pm pushback at Beaconside and Stafford Fathom Players with Santa Hats to meet at 3.15pm at Beaconside :

All players listed below to have photo taken before the game starts in one of the goals, with all the team wearing their Santa Hats and then hopefully they will play in their Santa Hats in this Fathom Game or face a forfeit of being fined a £1, which will be donated to the Text Santa appeal being shown on ITV1 the following Friday.

1) Pog ( GK )
2) Paul Rennie
3) Carl Dudley
4) Taran Bassie
5) Will Trotter
6) Damon Morbray
7) Kyle Rennie
8) Tyler Murray
9) Ed Baker
10) Dan Wheawall
11) Harry Coltman
12) Matthew Till
13) John Sinclair

Umpires :
Brian Brinson & maybe Greg Spencer, but if he can’t do it, Neil Jinks of Stafford 4th.Team has said he will get back as quickly as possible from playing Lichfield Away to Umpire instead of Greg.

Facts & Figures regarding Stafford Fathoms Fixtures this Season ( 2013 / 2014 ) up to Sunday 8th. December 2013.

Facts & Figures regarding Stafford Fathoms Fixtures this Season ( 2013 / 2014 ) up to Sunday 8th. December 2013.
9 games played ( with 1 game being cancelled on 23-11-2013 ) – 4 Games at Home & 5 Games Away. Have Won 5 of them, Drawn 1 of them & Lost 3 of them ( Which were All Away ). Have scored 22 Goals & Conceded 13 Goals. Top 3 Scorers of Stafford Fathom Team ( so far ) : Paul Rennie 4 goals in 9 Appearances, Dan Wheawall 3 Goals in 5.5 Games and Will Trotter 2 Goals in 9 Games, along with George Hodgkinson with 2 Goals in 2 Appearances. Players with 100% Appearances i.e. played in all 9 Fathom Games so far are Will Trotter & Paul Rennie.