Stafford 1st XI vs Streetly – 04.10.14Match Report
In what was a closely contested opening game of the 2014/2015 season, both Stafford and the freshly relegated Streetly had to settle for an even distribution of the points in a fast paced 2-2 draw at Streetly’s home pitch.
Following a string of disappointing results yet encouraging performances in pre-season, Stafford 1sts fielded a young side who showed great energy in the middle of the park and in the final third. A midfield diamond consisting of James Faulcounbridge, Charlie Trotter and Ethan Sweeney, all of whom are under 18, and stalwart captainCaptain Ben Holland provided a very high energy performance that, through grit and determination, provided Stafford with the chances necessary to break the deadlockk. A testing shot early on from Sweeney was a signal of things to come. The first goal came from a penetrating run from Piers Woollen, who was threat on the left flank all game, finding another young star Daniel Rennie, whose quick fire shot was deftly deflected over the keeper by Stafford’s front man Dan Howe. The first half ended 0-1 Stafford due to the stalwart defending of Simon Parnell, Dave Anderson, Colin Bishop and Richard Buka and a number of impressive saves from keeper Gareth Minton.
Stafford began the second half impressively after an inspiring talk from Coach Ed Wills by doubling their lead through the Captainn Ben Holland after a piercing pass from Howe and an impressive run from Rennie. As a result, Streetly upped their performance and pressure, with a number of D penetrations, ultimately resulting in a well worked short corner routine and Streetly’s first league goal. As tiredness set in, openings were becoming a feature of the game however it was Streetly who evened the scoring through an easy goal. A final blow to the Stafford side came in the form of a yellow card to midfielder Sweeney.
A good performance and a decent result in Stafford’s opening game away from home left the side leaving the pitch satisfied with the nature outcome of the game.