Another scintillating game last weekend saw Stafford HC 1st team draw 4-4 with Old Wulfrunians HC, what makes the result even more amazing is that Stafford were 4-0 down at half time!
Stafford started truly appallingly, an apparent inability to pass the ball, coupled with poor tackling and marking saw Old Wulfs gifted two early penalty corners. The first saw a drag flick sail past Brad Evans in goals, the second was put in after a rebounded initial shot. To compound matters a total lack of marking by the Stafford defence, saw Old Wulfs players converging on the circle and being able to pick their spot, which they duly did to lead 4-0. There was very little in the way of chances at the other end, Stafford seemingly unable to stop and pass the ball.
However, a different team emerged after half time, a team who were able to dominate the midfield and create some lovely passing moves. Great work upfront by James Gillingham created space for league top goal scorer Randall Moore to approach the circle, play a one two with the opposition keeper before slotting his shot home. In a similar move Moore pounced on a loose ball and place it into the corner of the goal.
Stafford’s penalty corner routine then got into full flow, a lovely slip to 16 year old Charlie Trotter saw him dive full length to deflect the ball home. Ben Hollands then got in on the act when he pounced on a rebound to level the score. Stafford should have gone on to win it but Andy Peatfield and Gillingham missed good chances late on.
Commiserations to Old Wulfs, a good bunch of lads who gave the game their all and were obviously left distraught by the result. On another positive note, a game where the umpires were able to let the game flow, saw not a single card awarded to either team. Thanks to the North Staffs players for their vocal support too! Next week Stafford are at home against Staffordshire rivals, Tamworth HC – 1.00pm start at Beaconside.