4th Team vs Telford

The fourth team for the match vs Telford away (meet and pushback details confirmed by your captain) is as follows,

 

Mitchell Cartwright

Jon Williams

Dave Thurgaland

Carl Franklin

Ian May

Alun Johnson

Neil Jinks

John Sudale

Josh Williams

Ravi Singh

Sam Gibson

Will Trotter

Jack Fudger

Fathom Club Game this Saturday ( 1st. February 2014 ) Re : 9.30am meet for 10am pushback at Beaconside

Listed below are the 19 players who so far have confirmed they are available to play this Saturday in the Fathom Club Game ( Re : 9.30am meet for a 10am pushback at Beaconside ).

1. Paul Ruddle ( GK )
2. Pog ( GK )
3. Gary Varga
4. Jamie Ferguson
5. Neil Jinks
6. Sam Gibson
7. Will Trotter
8. Pete Powers
9. Paul Rennie
10. Kyle Rennie
11. Damon Morbey
12. Harry Coltman
13. Matthew Till
14. Taran Bassie
15. Tyler Murray
16. Alan Snell
17. Dan Wheawall
18. Declan Martin
19. John Sinclair

Umpires : Charlie Trotter & hopefully Richard Buka.

Alan Snell, Matthew Till & Peter Powers who are playing in the above Fathom Club Game are all unfortunately not available the week after ( 8th. February ) due to other commitments for the Stafford Fathoms / 5ths Game Away to Old Wulfs Fathoms Re : 3.30pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School ( Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB ) and players picked to play in this game will require to meet at 2pm at Stafford Hockey Club for the trip to Wolverhampton Grammar School and teas after this game are being laid on by Old Wulfs at the Royal Oak Pub which is just down the road ( Compton Road ) from the Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Match Report for Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Game for Saturday 25th. January 2014 Re : Bridgnorth Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th.Team

Date : Saturday 25th. January 2014
Fixture : Bridgnorth Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team
Venue : On Grass Pitch outside Bridgnorth Hockey Club ( Victoria Road, Bridgnorth WV16 4 LB )
Push-Back : 2.15pm
Score : 2-1 ( H/T 2-1 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Dan Wheawall & Alan Snell

MOM : Declan Martin
( Nominated by John Sinclair as Stafford Fathom Captain & Paul Rennie as Stafford Fathom Vice Captain )

Umpires : N/A

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( 9 players ) :
Bridgnorth Player ( GK ), Paul Rennie ( drove certain team members to Bridgnorth ), John Sinclair, Alan Snell ( went direct to Bridgnorth ), Dan Wheawall, Matthew Till, Tyler Murray ( parents took him direct to game ), Kyle Rennie, Declan Martin ( drove certain team members to Bridgnorth ), Taran Bassie & Bridgnorth Player ( replacement for Will Trotter ).

The Fathom Team wanted to try and build on last week’s magnificent win at Stone Hockey Club against Cannock Fathoms Re : the 3-1 win, but at the beginning of the week they had to ask Bridgnorth if they could borrow a goalkeeper from them for this game and then on Friday the Stafford Fathom Team unfortunately lost one of their regular young players to another Stafford Team, so a quick phone call / text by Stafford Fathom Captain to Bridgnorth Fathom Captain, Tony Swales to ask him if their Fathom Team could also borrow them a player as well as a keeper, which they replied they could. Then on Saturday morning Bridgnorth’s Captain texted Stafford Fathom Captain before 10am to say that their Grass Pitch was playable, even though there had been lots of rain the night before & during the week.

The Fathom Team arrived at Bridgnorth Hockey Club three quarters of an hour before the 2.15pm pushback, to find the grass pitch that they would be playing on in excellent condition, with no water what so ever lying on the surface of it.

Stafford started the game with 10 players on the pitch, as young Tyler Murray hadn’t arrived with his parents, but they had texted the Stafford Fathom Captain 15 minutes before the pushback time of 2.15pm, to say they would be there asap, as they had been delayed leaving Stafford and had been held up on route to the game at Bridgnorth. Also Bridgnorth Fathoms had as promised lent Stafford Fathom Team with a keeper of 13 years of age and an experienced player ( who will shortly be retiring from work ) to replace young Will Trotter ( who up until this game, had a 100% appearance record for the Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team this season ), as he had opted on Friday nite to play for another Stafford Team. Anyhow, Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team found themselves playing against a Bridgnorth Fathom Team full of very experienced players and no youngsters and within 5 minutes they found themselves 1-0 down to this experienced side. Then the skies above them got darker & darker, then there was rumbles of thunder and then there was lightening and the 2 umpires decided quiet rightly, to stop the game immediately and get everyone inside the clubhouse as quickly as possible. Then there was more thunder and a lot more powerful lightening which appeared to be just in front of the clubhouse and then a massive hailstorm ensued, which covered the ground / pitch outside the clubhouse in a thick layer of white hail. When the storm had appeared to have died down after about 20 minutes or so, a number of pitch inspections were made by both Fathom Captains and the 2 Umpires and it was decided to play on the hailstorm covered pitch, but to reduce the game to 20 minutes each way, due to the state of the pitch, the light not being very good and the likelihood that it would be getting dark about an hour later. The umpires decreed that the goal that Bridgnorth Fathom Team scored before the game was stopped due to the severe weather conditions, would stand. When the play re-started Stafford Fathoms now had 11 players on the pitch, as young Tyler Murray had arrived just before the game was temporarily stopped due to the severe weather conditions. When the game did re-start, players were slip sliding all over the place, it certainly seemed to effect certain Stafford Fathom Players, especially Matthew Till & Paul Rennie ( and as a result of their comical way they went over on their backsides, when trying to stop on the wet & slippy pitch, I think both of them might be contenders for Dancing On Ice or Splash TV programmes next week, but not sure which though ) and Stafford appeared to adapt a lot better to the conditions than their hosts, Bridgnorth and created a number of good chances in the 20 minutes of the reconvened first half, which they coverted 2 of them into goals. Stafford’s first goal on this wet & slippy pitch was created from the left back, Taran Bassie winning the ball in a tackle, then passing it smartly to Declan Martin in midfield ( who was later nominated man of the match ), he then did a short pass to Alan Snell in the centre of the wet pitch, he then passed it to Matthew Till on the right wing, he then struck it into the Bridgnorth ‘D’ where Dan Wheawall picked it up and fired a ‘Screamer’ pass the Bridgnorth Keeper / Captain and this ensured Stafford were now on level terms with their opposition, Bridgnorth. Then before Stafford got their second goal, which was just before half time. Young Kyle Rennie had an absolute terrific shot on goal, that was unfortunately saved brilliantly by the Bridgnorth Fathom Keeper / Captain and it would have been Kyle’s first goal for Stafford Fathoms. Stafford Fathoms second goal was created by young Tyler Murray getting the ball up front on the left hand side of the pitch and he then made a short pass to young Kyle Rennie, who then passed it to Alan Snell in the Bridgnorth ‘D’ , who looked up and saw where the Bridgnorth Keeper was in his goals and placed it to the far left of his goal and this goal ensured at half time Stafford were leading 2-1 against their hosts, Bridgnorth. Stafford also had to thank the young 13 year old Bridgnorth keeper playing between the posts for them, as on a number of occasions in the first half he had to make a number of good saves on behalf of Stafford and on one occasion he had to make a really good sliding tackle against one of his senior Bridgnorth players and in the process got a soaked backside.

Unfortunately the second half was reduced to less than 10 minutes of play by the 2 Umpires, as the ball was getting bogged down in massive puddles which were now appearing all over the pitch and when the ball landed in one of these massive puddles, players were getting soaked, as players tried desperately to hit the ball out of these massive puddles. However, it was fun to watch a player trying to make the ball move in these puddles and players trying to tackle the ball of them and getting sprayed from the excess water on the pitch, which resulted in them getting drenched / soaked. When the Umpires blew to stop the game due to the pitch being waterlogged and was preventing free flowing hockey being played by both sides, everyone came off the pitch soaked and a few of them were quiet muddy from going over on their backsides on this waterlogged pitch, Stafford claimed technically that they had beaten their hosts Bridgnorth 2-1 in these atrocious weather conditions, but both sides agreed that they had thoroughly enjoyed the bizzare game of ‘water polo hockey’, just like they did a couple of seasons ago when the 2 teams continued playing one another on a snowy covered pitch at Cannock Hockey Club.

As a result of the manner in which both sides played this game, the experienced Bridgnorth Player who played / helped out Stafford Fathoms on Saturday and will be retiring from work some time soon, he asked after the game in the clubhouse, if our Stafford Fathom Team could come back and play Bridgnorth Fathoms on their grass pitch again on a Saturday in April in a friendly / testimonial game to celebrate him retiring from work ( this game will probably be pencilled in on the first Saturday after the Fathom Season has finished i.e. Saturday 5th. April, but it definitely won’t be on Saturday 12th. April, as Bridgnorth have already arranged something on this date and it is also Stafford Hockey Club’s Hockey Festival / Beer Festival on this date ) and by then their grass pitch should have dried out.

Man of the Match at the end of this bizzare game was awarded to Declan Martin by both Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair and Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, as they felt he adapted best to the conditions and also played one of his best games so far this season for the Fathoms.

The next Fathom’s game this Saturday ( 1st. February ) should be at Home against Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathom Team ( which Stafford lost Away to 4-1 back in October of last year, with the solitary goal coming from young Will Trotter ) and it is a 10.00am pushback at Beaconside and all 9 players who played in the game against Bridgnorth Fathoms have all said they are available for this Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathom Team game this Saturday and all players picked to play in this Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathom Team game will need to meet promptly at Beaconside for 9.30am this Saturday. Will Trotter, Damon Morbey & Harry Coltman who missed the bizzare Bridgnorth Fathom Game, have already said they are available again for this Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathom Team game this Saturday. However, yet again Stafford Fathoms are needing / requiring a keeper to play between the posts for them in this Aldridge & Walsall ‘A’ Fathom Team game this Saturday + they also require 2 Umpires ( please let us know asap, if you are available to Umpire our Fathom Game at 10am at Beaconside this Saturday – Thanks ).

Anyone and Everyone is welcome to come along to Beaconside to watch and support the Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team this Saturday Re : 10am pushback and if you do come along to watch, it will definitely be appreciated by the younger members of the fathom team, in that it shows to them that other members of the club are interested in how they are developing & progressing.

Fantasy Hockey – Week 12 – All change at the top.

Well two weeks in to the second half of the season and its all change at the top as Andy Jones comes from behind the ladies to set the pace at the top of the league. Gaps are starting to appear but still all to play for with 8 games left in the season.

Pos Team Name Player Name Points
1 Andy’s Tigers Andy Jones 518
2 Absinthe Minded II Fiona Riley 510
3 Bendall’s Boys Berni Bendall 503
4 The Wet Dream Team Mike Wattley 499
5 50 Not Out! Rob Peatfield 495
6 Geeks United Richard Bendall 493
7 I’ll think of a name Later Pete Chiu 480
8 Wymers Wanderers Mike Wymer 479
9 Sillitoes Nathan Silito 469
10 Team Strop* Brad Evans 467
11 I’m still not picking me! Dave Parr 463
12 Plan B Steve Paling 462
13 Bish, Bash, Bosh Colin Bishop 461
14 Subs Bench to Start Gareth Minton 456
15 Too Sexy for this Game Giles Rowden 455
16 Mighty Magyars Gary Varga 453
17 Team Weet Chris Weetman 452
18 Gibsons Gogetters Sam Gibson 448
19 Tony’s Tigers Tony Milner 446
20 Parney’s Players Simon Parnell 446
21 Trotters Terriers Amanda Trotter 441
22 The Beer Monsters Helen Paling 440
23 Doom Weasels Pog 436
24 Red Card Issuer Brian Brinson 429
25 Mossy’s Merry Men Mary Moss 423
26 Simmo’s Second’s Select Andy Simms 415
27 Dynamo Bukarest Richard Buka 414
28 This is Howe it’s Done Dan Howe 405
29 Robo Rangers Ian Robinson 404
30 TBC1 Randall Moore 403
31 The Pacemakers Sue Peatfield 402
32 Sudakoz Boyz John Sudale 400
33 Hednesford Triumphant Neil Jinks 393
34 East Fife 5 Forfar 4 Jon Williams 374
35 Falcos Warriors James Faulconbridge 361
36 Pick-a-Mix Anne Silito 359
37 Creswell Dennis Wall 348
38 The commoners Sarah Peatfield 344

 

 

Stafford Fathom / 5th.Team to play Bridgnorth Fathoms Away on Saturday 25th. January 2014

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team for this Saturday ( 25th. January ) for Fathom Game Away to Bridgnorth Fathoms Re : 2.15pm pushback on Grass Pitch outside Bridgnorth Hockey Club ( Victoria Road, Bridgnorth WV16 4LB ).
Stafford Fathom Players to bring football boots ( if poss ) Re : playing on grass and players also to meet at 12.15pm at Stafford Hockey Club, unless going Direct to game at Bridgnorth Hockey Club :

1) Goalkeeper being provided by Bridgnorth HC
2) Paul Rennie ( Car Driver to Bridgnorth )
3) John Sinclair
4) Declan Martin ( Car Driver to Bridgnorth )
5) Taran Bassie
6) Alan Snell ( Driving Direct to Bridgnorth HC )
7) Matthew Till
8) Tyler Murray ( Going Direct to Bridgnorth HC with his Parents ).
9) Will Trotter ( Going Direct with his Dad to Bridgnorth HC )
10) Dan Wheawall
11) Kyle Rennie.

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Tam Match Report for Saturday 18th. January 2014 Re : Stafford Fathoms v Cannock Fathoms

Date : Saturday 18th. January 2014
Fixture : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Cannock Fathoms
Venue : Stone Hockey Club
Push-Back : 10am
Score : 3-1 ( H/T 2-1 ) ( Won )

Scorers : Alan Snell & Dan Wheawall ( 2 )

MOM : Alan Snell
( Nominated by Mav / Richard Bendall, watching the game from the sidelines )

Umpires : Rob Peatfield & Daniel Rennie

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( 13 players ) :
Ashley Dunn ( GK ), Paul Rennie, John Sinclair, Alan Snell, Dan Wheawall, Matthew Till, Tyler Murray, Will Trotter, Damon Morbey, Kyle Rennie, Harry Coltman, Declan Martin & Luke Mitford.

Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team were unable to play this game at their usual 10am time at Beaconside, because Stafford Ladies had this slot, so they instead had to play this game at Stone Hockey Club ( Re a 10am pushback ).
The Fathom Team wanted to try and build on last week’s practice game against Stafford Ladies Fathoms / Youngsters which they won 5-2, ith Will Trotter scoring 3 goals in this game and Tyler Murray scoring the other 2 and the 2 youngsters of Freddie & Hugo Sutton were both nominated by the Fathom Team after this game as joint Man of the Match for this Fathom Game.
Anyhow for this Saturday’s game against Cannock Fathoms, Ashley Dunn was persuaded to play in goals for them and they had Luke Mitford making a welcome return for them, after being unable to play since the first game of the season back in October, due to work commitments on Saturdays and I am convinced that the Fathom Team also wanted to prove to itself, that they had developed and progressed since the game at Cannock at the beginning of the season, back in October last year, which they lost 3-0, which was lost in the first 20 minutes of that game, as all 3 goals were conceded in that time. The Team Talk before the game started, which was given by the vice captain, Paul Rennie, was based on this match back in October last year against Cannock, as he reminded all players of why this game had probably been lost Re : due to conceding 3 early goals and to try and prevent this from happening again in this game, the whole team would need to be focused right from the start and they would need also need to pass to one another, rather than trying to take players on, as Cannock with their pedigree, would be very difficult to get past with individual runs and that every player needed to try and stick to their positions, they were asked to play in this game ( before & after substitutions ) and lastly for all players to support one another physical and vocally during the game and to go out and enjoy the challenge.
Right from the word go, Cannock put Stafford’s Fathom Team to the test and it appeared the team talk before the game had been taken notice of, as Stafford were tuned in and coped well with Cannock’s first few attacks and this set the tone for the rest of the game as Stafford quickly settled down and worked hard for one another, which helped to break down their well organised & drilled opposition and Alan Snell was Stafford’s midfield dynamo, as he was everywhere on the pitch, one minute he was helping out his defence with some good tackling and passing and the next minute he was up front supporting his side’s attacks and eventually his hard work and dedication was rewarded, when he won the ball in Stafford’s defence and a few minutes later he received the ball back on the edge of the Cannock D from a fellow player, he then worked his way into the opposition D, before hitting the ball sweetly and cleanly into the back of the Cannock net. Cannock then tried hard to breakdown the resolute Stafford Fathom Team, in order to draw level, but Stafford stood firm and about 10 minutes later, they doubled their lead when Dan Wheawall, Stafford Fathoms centre forward took a half chance in the Cannock D and slotted the ball home under the advancing Cannock Keeper, into the back of his net. Again Cannock tried to get back into the game and eventually their persistence paid dividends, as with half-time looming, they managed to get the better of Stafford’s defence, when one of their forwards got passed his marker and found himself with a rare free shot at Stafford’s goal, which Stafford’s Keeper, Ashley Dunn, who during the first half had made a number of good saves, had very little chance of stopping. Anyhow, after this Cannock goal, Stafford stayed strong & solid and kept their opponents at bay and when the half time whistle blew, Stafford still found themselves 2-1 up against their arch rivals.
The team talk at half time given by a number of players including the Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, was that they were in the lead against Cannock, because they had worked hard and collectively for one another and in order to ensure they kept what they had achieved so far ( i.e. being 2-1 up at half time ), they need to carry on the good work and to stay completely focussed, so as to try and ensure at the final whistle that the team’s hard work would be reflected in the result ( i.e. hopefully a memorable win against their local neighbours / rivals, Cannock ).
So with that in mind, Stafford went into the second half wanting to carry on keeping Cannock at bay and to get that next all important goal, which they hoped would clinch the game for them and to try and do this before their opponents could strike back and draw level with them and the Stafford Fathom Team were totally focussed on achieving this goal, as they continued with the workman determination they showed in the first half and minutes into the second half, Dan Wheawall, found himself having a really good shot on Cannock goals, being saved superbly by their keeper. However, Stafford didn’t allow this missed opportunity to loose their way and they continued to plug away at achieving the aim of scoring that elusive third goal and while the Stafford Captain, John Sinclair was off the pitch, taking his stint as a substitute, due to having 13 players, Stafford got that all important third goal, when Dan Wheawall got into the Cannock’s D with the ball and then tapped the ball under the Cannock keeper’s near post. After getting that third goal, the decision was made not to substitute Alan Snell Re : his turn to be substituted due to Stafford having 13 players, so as to ensure the heart of the Stafford Fathom midfield stayed strong, solid & resolute with him at the helm, so as to ensure that Cannock were kept at bay Re : stopping them getting back into the game with another goal. However, now that they were trailing 3-1, they were still a threat, but the wind had been taken out of their sails to a certain degree, with Stafford getting that all important third goal and when the final whistle blew Stafford Fathoms could now stand back and measure the importance of this win, on how far they had come from that 3-0 defeat against them, back in October last year, to the hard earned 3-1 win achieved against them this weekend.
The team talk at the end of the game given again by Vice Captain, Paul Rennie was that everyone should be really pleased on achieving this 3-1 win against their big local neighbours / rivals and that everyone had played their part in ascertaining this memorable 3-1 win, as all players had worked hard for one another and never let their heads to drop when Cannock pulled it back just before half time to 2-1 and Alan Snell who had an outstanding game in midfield for Stafford Fathoms, was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match Accolade, as nominated by Mav / Richard Bendall, watching this game from the sidelines and by the rest of the Fathom Team.

The next Fathom’s game this Saturday ( 25th. January ) is against Bridgnorth Fathoms ( who Stafford beat 1-0 at Beaconside back in October last year, with a goal from young Will Trotter ) and is Away and it is a 2.15pm pushback on their grass pitch outside their clubhouse ( Victoria Road, Bridgnorth WV6 4LB ) and all players picked to play in this game will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 12.15pm & Bridgnorth Fathom Captain, Tony Swales has kindly sorted out today a goalkeeper for Stafford Fathoms for this Saturday’s game, as Stafford Fathoms currently do not have a regular keeper to choose from or have any goalkeeping kit of their own, that can be used if a outfield fathom player was to volunteer to play in goals for them and unfortunately Harry Coltman, Luke Mitford & Damon Morbey who played in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Cannock are not available for this Saturday’s game Away to Bridgnorth Fathoms, but hopefully Taran Bassie, Carl Dudley & Pete Powers will be available to play for the Fathoms / 5ths this Saturday against Bridgnorth Fathoms.

1st Team Match Report v Solihull Blossomfield

Stafford HC 1st teams fine 2014 form came to an abrupt end last Saturday losing to new league leaders Solihull Blossomfield 6-2.  If Stafford are honest with themselves, the best team won but some unfortunate decisions early on gave the home team a massive hill to climb in order to gain a result.

 

Stafford started well enough and were able to exert some pressure on the opposition, winning a couple of penalty corners,  Randall Moore was unlucky when his shots went just wide.  Blossomfield were then awarded two corners of their own when seemingly lifted balls were not given by the umpire, both corners were executed clinically.  A third breakaway goal saw the Riverway team mystified but they scored a consolation before half time with a lovely slipped shot by Ben Hollands.

 

After the break, a change on formation didn’t pay off with Blossomfield scoring two further goals after Stafford passes went astray.  Stafford then scored another through a penalty stroke won by Dan Howe and converted by Ben Cantrill, but it was too little too late and Bloss scored their final goal on the whistle.

 

Realistically Stafford now have a slim chance of finishing in the top two but with the Midlands Regional Hockey Association considering a reshuffle next season, they must endeavor to finish as high as they can to ensure a placement in the higher league.  Next week they are playing a friendly away against Edgbaston.

Result – Leamington 2nds – 1, Stafford 2nds – 1

Stafford continued their unbeaten run against a resilient Leamington side, who showed a great deal of fight and relief in coming away with a draw.

Stafford went in to today’s game knowing that a strong performance was needed against a team who gave us more than a game at Beaconside earlier in the season. A slightly changed team from last week, Stafford started sluggishly, and after about 15 mins found ourselves behind to a well taken slipped goal.

This seemed to wake up Stafford, and the pressure on Leamington started to tell as Stafford commenced their pressing game and started to camp in the Leamington half, deservedly equalising through a Glennon flick (a legitimate one this time!)

From this the game seemed stuck in midfield and half time arrived with both teams believing the game had more goals.

Stafford improved greatly in the second half, but could not find the killer blow. The pressure was well and truly on Leamington as Stafford created chance after chance but could not find the all important winner.

Leamington came off the pitch celebrating, and Stafford will hope to take their frustrations out on Solihull Blossomfield next week – a team on a high after beating promotion chasing Stone HC

Scorer – Elliot Glennon
MOTM – Paul Taylor-Grime
DOTD – Charlie Trotter

Stafford Fathom / 5th Team to play against Cannock Fathoms at Stone Hockey Club Re : 10am push-back on Saturday 18th. January 2014.

Players who have confirmed are available to play for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team against Cannock Fathoms this Saturday 18th. January 2014, pushing back at 10am at Stone Hockey Club ( Enson Lane, Aston-by-Stone ST15 0BW ) ( all players selected to play in this game, need to meet at Stone Hockey Club ) are listed below :

1) To be confirmed ( Hoping Paul Ruddle picked to play in goals for 3rds this Saturday or Mitchell Cartwright picked to play for 4ths this Saturday, that one of them will also play in goals for Fathoms this Saturday Re : 10am pushback at Stone Hockey Club – Please let us know if you can by texting me on 07966398190 – Thanks )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie

4) Tyler Murray

5) Damon Morbray

6) Will Trotter

7) Harry Coltman

8) Alan Snell

9) Matthew Till

10) Kyle Rennie

11) Declan Martin

12) Dan Wheawall

13) Luke Mitford

14) Ashley Dunn

15) John Sinclair ( Captain ).

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

Charlie Trotter of the Stafford 2nd. Team has kindly volunteered to Umpire this game for us ( so as captain of the side a big thank-you goes to you, from everyone who will be playing in this game ) + require someone else to assist Charlie in Umpiring this game, so if you fancy helping Charlie, then please let us know asap – Thanks.

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, Cannock Fathoms, have yet to confirm if 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 25th. January 2014 is Away to Bridgnorth Fathoms and it is a 2.15pm push-back on the GRASS Pitch outside Bridgnorth Hockey Club ( Victoria Road, Bridgnorth WV6 4LB ) and players selected to play in this game, will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 12.15 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

Cannock U18s 1-5 Stafford 1sts

On a wet Tuesday evening, Stafford took to Cannock’s number 3 pitch to beat Cannock U18s 5-1.

Goal scorers:
Peatfield x2
Howe x2
Own goal

Stafford are at home to Solihull Blossomfield this Saturday 18th January for a crunch game that could decide whether they challenge for promotion. Push back is 1pm.

1st Team Match Report v Wednesbury

Stafford HC 1sts continued their impressive 2014 form last weekend with a 3-2 win against higher league opposition Wednesbury HC.

 

In Stafford’s last friendly fixture before the resumption of the league, the Riverway side were pretty dominant.  The home side got off to a great start, scoring within the first five minutes. A counter attack started by a Simon Parnell pass out of the back found Randall Moore in space, he drifted past a couple of static defenders and laid the ball into the path of Dan Howe who blasted home.

 

Unfortunately Stafford then seemed to sit back and allowed Wednesbury some space, to win a penalty corner.  Rich Dean saved well but Stafford could not clear the ball and Jimmy Singh scored with a bobbling shot.  Stafford through Captain Richard Buka won their own penalty corner and Randall Moore powered the ball into the net with a trademark drag flick.

 

Not learning their lesson, Stafford then conceded another at a penalty corner, again failing to clear the ball but took the lead for the final time when a quick counter attack involving Andy Peatfield and Charlie Trotter saw James Gillingham deflect the ball neatly home.

 

Wednesbury were better in the second half when Singh played higher but the Stafford defence held firm and with man of the match Andy Barnett breaking down play in the midfield, Stafford held out for the win.

 

Next week Stafford face Solihull Blossomfield at home in a game that will probably dictate whether Stafford can push for promotion, 1.00pm start at Beaconside.