Date : Saturday 4th. October 2014
Fixture : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Alleynes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone Staffs ST15 8DR
Push-Back : 2.00pm
Score : 13-0 ( H/T 6-0 ) ( Lost )
Scorers : None
MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K ), Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor .
( All 5 Players Nominated by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie )
Umpires : Dave Thurgarland umpired to help out Barlaston Fathoms, as they only could provide 1 umpire for this game ( but he left 15 minutes before the end of game Re : him captaining Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ).
Stafford Fathom / Development Team :
1) Tom Stanley ( G/K ) ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with Neil Jinks ),
2) Tom Deakin ( his mum drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),
3) Paul Rennie ( drove certain team members to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),
4) Neil Jinks ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with goalkeeper, Tom Stanley – but left 15 minutes before the end of the game Re : him playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club at 3.30pm ),
5) John Sinclair,
6) Glynn Bibby ( drove to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with partner Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies Hockey ),
7) Jay Mullor ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with his son, Joe – but he left 15 minutes before the end Re : him playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ),
8) Joe Mullor ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with his Dad, Jay and his mum collected him after the game ),
9) Taran Bassie,
10) Kyle Rennie,
11) George Hodgkinson ( his mum drove him direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),
12) Will Buckley ( his dad drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),
13) Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies ( Glynn Bibby drove Jo to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ).
When Stafford Fathoms arrived at Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone, it soon became very apparent to all in the Stafford Fathom Team, that the Barlaston Fathom Team they were playing against, was a team of experienced players, as there appeared to be no youngsters in their side and with Stafford fielding a number of youngsters in their side, three of which i.e. Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin & Joe Mullor ( all of school age i.e. 11 to 16 ) were all making their debut in a Stafford Fathom White Shirt.
The first 15 minutes of the game saw the young looking Stafford Fathoms overwrought by this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team and they soon found themselves trailing by 5 goals to nil, as they allowed their opponents to dictate / dominate the game and debutant keeper in Stafford Fathoms goals, Tom Stanley who in this 15 minute period had made some good saves for Stafford, was unable to prevent any of these 5 goals hitting the back of his Stafford net. However, after this 15 minute period the Stafford Fathom Team settled down and started to keep their opponents at bay and at half time Barlaston Fathoms had only been able to get another goal pass a now resolute Stafford Fathom Team and were now winning the game 6-0.
Second Half saw Barlaston Fathoms kindly allow Stafford Fathoms to field both their 2 substitutes so when the second half began Stafford Fathom Team had 13 players on the pitch ( including Jo Lovatt from Stafford Ladies ) against the Barlaston Fathom Team of 11 players and no substitutes and even though Stafford had the superiority of numbers on the field it didn’t prevent their opponents scoring a few more goals in this half, but Stafford Fathoms were now making this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team work really hard for their rewards ( i.e. additional goals ) and 15 minutes before the game finished 2 players i.e. experienced Jay Mullor & Neil Jinks had to leave to play for other Stafford Teams elsewhere ( Neil Jinks was playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club Re : 3.30pm pushback & Jay Mullor was playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 4pm pushback ) and the Umpire, Dave Thurgarland from Stafford also had to leave to go and captain the Stafford 4th. Team who were playing at Beaconside, Stafford at 4pm. However, in the final 10 minutes of the game Stafford youngsters of George Hodgkinson & Will Buckley with the assistance of Glynn Bibby combined well up front to set up George Hodgkinson with a one on one chance against the Barlaston Fathom Keeper, who did well to block / prevent George Hodgkinson getting a solitary goal for Stafford Fathoms.
All players who played in yesterdays Stafford’s Fathom Team should be pleased with their performance in this very tough game against a very experienced Barlaston Fathom Team, especially as after this game at the Pheasant Pub in Stone whilst having teas and something to drink, it became apparent while talking to a member of the Barlaston Fathom Team that the team they had just lost 13-0 to, was their 2nd. Team and that 2 seasons ago their 2nd. Team was part of the fathom fixtures but last season they had reverted back to playing second team league fixtures but were getting well beaten in a lot of their fixtures and in one game they were beaten 16-0, so this season they entered their 2nd Team back into the fathom fixtures.
Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team were really pleased how all players in the side kept going and didn’t let their heads drop at any time, especially as it was the first fathom game of the season for some of them and some opposition players & officials also made similar comments about our Stafford Fathom side and the Man of the Match award was awarded by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to all the youngsters in the side Re : Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor for their dedication to keep going even though the Stafford Fathom Team were beaten 13-0 by this experienced Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team.
Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to North Staffs Fathoms at Beaconside, Stafford ( Re : 10am pushback and 9.30am meet at Beaconside, for players selected to play in this game ) and as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team I am hoping the togetherness and experience gained by all players in yesterday’s game will be utilised by them for this home game this Saturday against North Staffs Fathoms.