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.