Result – Stafford 2nds, 5, Bloxwich 2nds , 2

Stafford broke the run of 4 straight draws to beat top of the table Bloxwich in a true 6 pointer. Stafford came out with a new formation, and after going in to half time level, produced a great second half performance (coinciding with James Fb and Elliot finally waking up and deciding to play hockey) to emerge 5 2 winners, moving level with Bloxwich but with an all important game in hand.

Next week sees the 2nds travel to Old Wulfs, hoping to avenge a very one sided draw in the first half of the season.

Scorers – Bendall – 2, Glennon – 1, Faulconbridge – 1 and Ball – 1

MOTM – Colin Bishop

DOTD – Elliot Glennon

3rd XI Team to play AWAY against Solihull Blossomfield at 11:30 Saturday 8th February

9:45 meet at the clubhouse for a 11:30 pushback at Solihull Blossomfield (MAP)
St Martin’s School
Malvern Hall
Brueton Avenue
Solihull
B91 3EN
(please enter via Brueton Avenue and park in the spaces at the front of the School)

Team for Saturday:
Brad Evans
Steve Paling
Dave Baldock
Tony Milner
Rob Peatfield
Jamie Ferguson
Peter Chiu
John Falconbridge
Nathan Silito
Sam Gibson
Rich Gibbons
John Sutton

1st team away to Bloxwich 8/2/14

11.45pm meet at the club for 1.30pm push back at Sneyd school, Bloxwich

Rich Dean (Gk)
Simon Parnell
Giles Rowden
Andy Barnett
Dan Howe
Ben Cantrill
Guy Malpass
Ben Hollands
Andy Peatfield
Charlie Trotter
James Gillingham
Randall Moore

See you there!

Buka

Time, Venue & Meet Time for all Stafford Fathom Away Games for the rest of this season ( 2013 / 2014 ) between Saturday 22nd. February 2014 & Saturday 5th. April 2014

Listed below is the pushback times, venue and meet times for all the Away Games that the Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team have left to play for this season ( 2013 / 2014 ) between Saturday 22nd. February 2014 & Saturday 5th. April 2014 :

Saturday 22nd. February 2014 Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Away to Wolverhampton Fathoms – 15:30 pushback at Aldersley Stadium , Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW.
( Meet time for players playing in this game will be 14:15 at Stafford Hockey Club )

Saturday 8th. March 2014 Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Away to Tamworth Fathoms – 15:30 pushback at Queen Elizabeth Mercian School, Upper Gungate, Tamworth Staffs B79 8AA
( Meet time for players playing in this game will be 14:00 at Stafford Hockey Club )

Saturday 15th. March 2014 Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team Away to Aldridge & Walsall Fathom ‘B’ Team – 15:00 pushback at University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, Magdalene Road, Walsall West Mids WS1 3BD
( Meet time for players playing in this game will be 13:30 at Stafford Hockey Club )

Saturday 29th. March 2014 Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5ths Away to Whitchurch Fathoms – 14:00 pushback at Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 2BY
( Meet time for players playing in this game will be 12:30pm at Stafford Hockey Club )

An Extra Game added to Fathom Fixture List :

This fixture below proposed by Bridgnorth Hockey Club, after Stafford Fathoms played their Fathom Team on Saturday 25th. January 2014, where game was disrupted due to thunderstorm, lightening & hailstorm and a player of theirs who played for Stafford Fathoms, as we were short of a player & a keeper, is about to retire from work in the next few weeks and he wanted / wished to have a fathom game at the end of the fathom season to celebrate his retirement from work and as the fathom game on Saturday 25th. January was disrupted due to these severe weather conditions, he was so impressed with the attitude of both teams in trying to play in the awful conditions, that he wanted / wished for Stafford Fathom Team to come back and play his Bridgnorth Fathom Team in April.

Saturday 5th. April 2014 ( To be confirmed ) Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5ths Away to Bridgnorth Fathoms – Probably 14:30 pushback on Grass Pitch outside Bridgnorth Hockey Club , Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 4ER
( If this game goes ahead / confirmed, players picked to play in this game, will probably need to meet at 12:45pm at Stafford Hockey Club ).

All Stafford Home Fathom Fixtures between now and Saturday 5th. April are all at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 10am pushback and players picked to play in these Fathom Home Fixtures will need to meet promptly at 9.30am at Beaconside. The Only Fathom Home Game not at Beaconside between now and 5th. April is the Ludlow Fathom Game on 22nd. March 2014 which is at Stone Hockey Club and is a 10am pushback and again players picked to play in this particular home fathom game, need to meet promptly at 9.30am at Stone Hockey Club.

Can any Stafford Fathom Players who know now or nearer the date of the above Fathom Fixtures, especially Away, that they will not be available to play, can they let me know asap by e mailing me to this effect on johnnysink@hotmail.co.uk ( please do not text me on this matter, as I currently don’t have a mobile phone, as I lost it this weekend ), so that I do not include them in team selection for those games they are not available to play in – Thanks.

Please also can you put these 2 dates below into / onto your diaries / mobiles / laptops / calendars :

Saturday 12th. April 2014 :
It is Stafford Hockey Club Hockey Tournament which is on the grass pitches outside Stafford Hockey Club and it incorporates a 4 day Beer Festival at the same time & every member and his family are welcome to come along and join in the fun + I am hoping to try and enter a Fathom Team into this Tournament ( so let me know if you wish to participate / be part of this team ). Hockey Tournament commences at about 10am and finishes about 5pm on this date.

Saturday 26th. April 2014 :
It is the Hockey Club’s End of Season Dinner / Awards Night which will be held at Stafford Hockey Club and will commence / start at 7:30pm and again everyone who has played for Stafford Fathoms will be invited to purchase a ticket to this prestigious event and you never know you might just win one of the awards on offer / being presented during the evening / night + you will be able to enjoy a 3 course meal into the bargain for between £10 to £12 if your a Junior Player & £15 to £16 if your a Senior Player ( but ticket prices for this event still to be decided / confirmed ) .

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Away to Old Wulfs Fathoms on Saturday 8th. February 2014

Players who have already confirmed that they are available to play for Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team this Saturday ( 8th. February ) Re : Playing Away to Old Wulf Fathoms – 3.30pm push back at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB. Players picked to play in this game will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 2pm for trip to Wolverhampton Grammar School ( unless informed otherwise i.e. going direct ) and after game teas being laid on by Old Wulfs at the Royal Oak Pub, which is less than a mile down the road from Wolverhampton Grammar School.

1. Peter Chiu ( After playing out for 3rds Away at Solihull Blossomfield Re : 11.30am pushback )
2. Paul Rennie ( Driver )
3. Damon Morbey ( Needs to come back straight after game )
4. Harry Coltman
5. Taran Bassie
6. Tyler Murray
7. Dan Wheawall
8. Declan Martin ( Driver, probably coming straight back after this game Re : Damon Morbey )
9. Alan Snell ( Possible Driver )
10.Luke Mitford ( Going Direct to Game & not stopping for tea after this game )
11. Dave Anderson ( New Player & not sure on pitch where he likes to play )
12. Brad Evans ( Playing out for Fathoms, after playing in goals for 3rds Away against Solihull Blossomfield 3rds Re : 11.30am pushback )
13. Jamie Ferguson ( After playing for 3rds Away at Solihull Blossomfield Re : 11.30am pushback )

Unfortunately, Kyle Rennie, Gary Varga not available this Saturday due to other commitments, but should be available the Saturday after Re : Bloxwich Fathoms game at Home – 10am pushback at Beaconside. Also Matthew Till, Peter Powers, John Sinclair not available this Saturday but still to confirm availability for the following Saturday & Carl Dudley currently not available at all, due to back injury. John Sinclair not playing this Saturday, due to a back injury picked up on Sunday, but will be going along to this Fathom Game to support / watch.

Result – Stafford 2nds 3, Bromsgrove 2nds 3

Stafford continued their unbeaten season, but worryingly had their 3rd draw in a row, in another game they possibly should have won.

Stafford started off playing some very flowing, slick hockey, with brilliant passing and movement from the midfield of Rennie, Bishop and Robinson. After 5 minutes of Stafford pressure, including several very near misses, Bromsgrove broke and finished a slick counter.

This then happened again… And again.

After 25 minutes Stafford were 3 down, but strangely still dominating. A much deserved goal soon came through an excellent Faulconbridge strike – his well hit short corner saved and the rebound was put away with a calmness beyond his years.

Shortly Stafford snatched another through Bendall and Stafford were really controlling the game, despite being behind.

A very positive half time team talk reinforced that this was ours for the taking. Stafford were still the better team, even with 10, and shortly after Wattley’s return, Stafford produced their best short corner of the season – Rennie slotting home after a good 1-2 with Bendall.

Next week is a top of the table clash with Bloxwich. Assuming Stone win their game in hand, 2 points cover the top 3, with only 2 promotion places up for grabs, next week is a must win.

1st Team Match Report v Bromsgrove

Stafford HC 1sts earned a valuable point against league leaders Bromsgrove HC in a 1-1, however it was the home side who were feeling robbed on the final whistle as the visitors equalized in the last 10 seconds.

 

Bromsgrove arrived with a completely different team who beat Stafford 7-1 in the first encounter, Stafford started well and were putting Bromsgrove under considerable pressure.  Randall Moore linked well with Andy Peatfield, the former putting his first two chances past the far post.  League top scorer Moore soon found his range and forced a couple of excellent saves from the Bromsgrove keeper.

 

Stafford kept plugging away and man of the match Ben Cantrill found Moore with a great pass out wide, Moore played it in to James Gillingham who deflected the ball neatly home.  Stafford kept up the pressure but could not extend their lead.

 

After the break Stafford found themselves playing into the wind and Bromsgrove eventually found their way into the game, Rich Dean was able to pull off a couple of fine saves.  Up the other end, Stafford kept creating chances but were unable to find the back of the net and with just seconds remaining Bromsgrove picked up the ball after a Giles Rowden error and broke through three tackles to bobble the ball home.

 

A great performance if not the right result, next week Stafford are away against Bloxwich HC.