Date : Saturday 1st. November 2014
Fixture : Whitchurch Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 2BY
Push-Back : 12.30pm
Score : 3-2 ( H/T 1-1 ) ( Lost )
Scorers : Whitchurch Young Player + Jake Jones
MOM : Tom Deakin
( Nominated by John Sinclair Non-Playing Stafford Fathom Captain, who was watching this fathom game on the sidelines due to injury ).
Umpires : N/A
Stafford Fathom / Development Team :
1) Neil Jinks ( G/K )
2) Paul Rennie
3) Kyle Rennie
4) Tom Deakin
5) Ben Deakin
6) Edward Baker
7) Jake Jones
8) Jon Prout
9) Whitchurch Young Player
10) Whitchurch Young Player
11) Whitchurch Young Player
Stafford Fathoms having last week just been beaten 2-1 at home to Cannock Fathoms with Glynn Bibby scoring the solitary goal for Stafford, this week saw them travelling to Whitchurch, with a fathom team with only 8 players and numerous changes to the side which played Cannock Fathoms last week, as a number of players were either unavailable to play in this game or they had been promoted to Stafford 5th Team i.e. Glynn Bibby. However, Whitchurch Hockey Club / Fathom Team came to Stafford Fathom’s rescue by providing them with 3 young out players to make their team up to 11 and Neil Jinks ( who went in goals for Stafford Fathoms ) and Jon Prout both volunteered their services to the Stafford Fathom Team, as they were playing later in the day for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside ( Re : 4pm pushback ) and young Edward Baker was making his first appearance of the season for Stafford Fathoms and Jake Jones was making his debut for Stafford Hockey Club / Stafford Fathoms.
Despite all these changes to the Stafford Fathom Team, they started well and were unlucky to go one down, but as per previous fathom games, heads didn’t drop and they stayed strong and they plugged away and just before half time some neat play, between the Stafford’s midfield and forward line saw one of Whitchurch’s young players playing for Stafford Fathoms go one on one with the Whitchurch Goalkeeper and beat him to level the scores and at half time Stafford Fathoms were justifiably level pegging with their hosts, Whitchurch.
The second half saw Stafford start really brightly with young Ed Baker and Kyle Rennie playing well in midfield and they were instrumental in setting up Jake Jone’s debut goal, which he took well and more importantly put Stafford into a well deserved lead. However, this goal seemed to spark Whitchurch into action and the game became very competitive with both sides creating numerous chances to score and despite some good defensive work by Stafford, especially by Jon Prout & young Tom Deakin ( who went onto be man of the match for Stafford Fathoms ), they were unable to prevent Whitchurch knocking the ball past Neil Jinks in Stafford Goals and levelling the score at 2-2. After this goal Whitchurch started to put Stafford under a lot more pressure and eventually they managed to break down the resolute Stafford defence and re-took the lead which they held onto until the end of the game, despite Stafford trying in vain to try and level the score at 3-3.
Tom Deakin was nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathom by John Sinclair, non-playing Stafford Fathom Captain who was watching the game on the sidelines due to injury.
Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to Tamworth Fathoms Re : 10am pushback at Beaconside and players selected to play in this fathom game need to meet at Beaconside at 9.30am and again the Stafford Fathom Team will be missing a number of players like their Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, young Edward Baker & Tom & Ben Deakin for this Saturday’s Fathom Game but they do have a number of players returning for this fathom game after not playing for a few weeks i.e. Ian & George Hodgkinson, Will Buckley, Peter Powers, Ollie-Joe Simmons & maybe young Joe Mullor.