Honours were shared last weekend in the Staffordshire hockey derby between Stafford and Tamworth as they saw out a 2-2 draw.
Stafford were the more disappointed team having been 2-0 ahead. In a contrast to the previous week, Stafford started well causing the Tamworth defence problems, Charlie Trotter was giving his marker a torrid time at left midfield. Eventually Stafford took the lead when a lovely pass from Andy Peatfield found Trotter ghosting past his player to deflect the ball past a stationary keeper.
Stafford then doubled their advantage after a Randall Moore shot from a penalty corner was saved well by the keeper, however James Gillingham was on hand to bundle the rebound home. Stafford’s normally reliable penalty corner routine was not firing on all cylinders as they failed to extend their lead despite a number of chances.
After the break it was more of the same, Stafford unable to extend their lead, the best chance when Moore’s shot came off the post. Then nerves seemed to set in as the Stafford defence sat back and allowed Tamworth to press forwards, pressure told and Stafford conceded two penalty corners, the first was put in with a direct shot at Brad Evans near post, the second a flick into the corner of the goal.
A disappointed Stafford, guilty again of failing to put the result beyond doubt. Next week they have a blank fixture before a home game against Ludlow HC.