Stafford HC 1st team travelled to lowly Kingswinford HC last weekend, returning with a point in a 2-2.
Although the hockey was not particularly attractive at times, the game did ebb and flow. Kingswinford set up very defensively to try and blunt Stafford and it certainly worked in the first 15 minutes as Stafford could not turn their domination into a goal. Stafford won a number of penalty corners but found an in form goal keeper who stopped everything.
Andy Peatfield had the best chance, beating his man before chipping the goal keeper, his shot sailing over. Then Stafford fell for the sucker punch as Kingswinford had their only meaningful chance of the half, poor marking saw a midfielder slot home after Brad Evans saved the first shot.
Stafford did not panic at half time and came out still playing nice hockey, eventually James Gillingham equalized after he pounced on the rebound from his first shot. Stafford then took the lead after Randall Moore powered in an unstoppable drag flick.
Kingswinford then had to push forward and when Stafford failed to clear the ball, won a somewhat debatable penalty corner and duly equalized.
A disappointing result but a strangely enjoyable tactical affair, a positive note was a lack of any cards whatsoever from two teams and two umpires who were only interested in the hockey being played on the pitch. Great hospitality after the game by the hosts as well, best teas in the league.