Stafford’s 1st XI ended their pre season with a 3-1 defeat to Wednesbury away.
Stafford were in the hunt for thier first goal of the pre season and went into the game with a young and exciting team. Stafford started the game well with good pressure from the midfield and the attackers. The first real chance of the game came from Stafford’s positive start and fell to Dan Howe, who unfortunately could get a strike away in time from close range.
Stafford’s held strong for the majority of the first half but the Wednesbury attack caused a problems for defence and made a break through halfway through the first half with a neat and composed finish from a penalty corner. Soon after this Wednesday managed find their way into the Stafford circle again and slotted the ball in between the Stafford keepers legs. The first half finished with the possession being evenly shared. Wednesday making the most of their chances and were clinical finishing the first half 2-0.
The second half Stafford came out with a desire to get something out of the game. Unfortunately this positive thinking was hit hard early on from an attack, which started in the midfield, lead to a unexpected 3rd goal from Wednesbury.
Stafford needed to dig deep to try and get the elusive goal they had been after for the last 3 weeks. Good work from the defence and the energy from midfielders, Ben Hollands and debutant Piers Wooler, managed to hold Wednesbury for the remaining of the 2nd half despite having Dave Anderson sent off for a dangerous and poor stick tackle. The fight in midfield managed to win the ball and began a series of well executed passing from Stafford which lead to a simple close range goal from Dan Howe.
The game deservedly finished 3-1 to Wednesday.
Stafford play their first league game this Saturday at Streetly.
MOM – Piers Wooler
DOD – Dave Anderson