Stafford HC 1st team travelled to Bloxwich HC last weekend, returning with all three points in a mammoth 11-2 victory! Stafford started brilliantly, seemingly carving out chances at will, the opening goal came after Andrew Barnett was pushed over in the circle. Randall Moore fired a shot under an advancing goal keeper to retake his spot as league top goal scorer.
One soon became two when a pass made by the hard working James Gillingham found Andy Peatfield diving to deflect the ball home. Then Ben Hollands smashed the ball home on the reverse to leave Bloxwich stunned. Unfortunately a nasty mouth injury to a Bloxwich player seemed to deflate the home side and Stafford took full advantage. Moore scored a first half hat trick with a trademark reverse stick shot and then a drag flick, Peatfield grabbed a second to leave the score at 6-0 at half time.
Credit to Bloxwich in the second half who kept pushing forward in search of a goal but leaving gaps at the back. For once it was Andy Peatfield who outstaged Randall Moore by grabbing two more goals, his pace allowing him the opportunity to beat his markers and find the bottom corner. Dan Howe got two after unselfish play from James Gillingham and Giles Rowden, Bloxwich deservedly pulled two late goals back after some determined play.
On the final whistle Stafford won a penalty corner and Ben Cantrill smashed the ball home to complete the rout.
So Stafford are back in form and will be looking to maintain the momentum against Redditch HC next weekend at Beaconside, 1.00pm start.