2nd Team Match Report v Kings Heath HC

Stafford HC 2nd team consolidated their 2nd position in West Midlands Division 1 with a 5-2 away win against Kings Heath HC last weekend.


With a blistering start, Stafford really secured the points in the first 15 minutes with 4 quick goals.  Stafford like to play quick counter-attacking hockey, the midfield playing quick ball to the forwards and following up to overload the opposition defence.


The first goal came after Andy Peatfield played the ball into Giles Rowden who turned and slotted it past the stranded keeper.  After that Richard Bendall maintained his scoring record with a tap in after a couple of rebounded shots.  James Ward then grabbed one after the ball was played into his path, a nice finish into the bottom corner.


Alex Peatfield then popped up from centre back to score the goal of the game, his run leaving the defenders trailing and he finished with a neat lob over the keeper.


After this Kings Heath woke up and scored two nice goals themselves, the first a fierce strike from a penalty corner and the second a tap in from a cross.  The game then stagnated somewhat and there was a single Stafford goal in the second half when Rowden doubled his tally with a flick over a prone keeper.


Next week Stafford face Old Sills at home, 1.00pm push back at Beaconside.

2nd Team Match Report v Finchfield

Stafford HC 2nd team cemented their position of second in the MRHA West Midlands Division 1 with a 4-1 victory against Finchfield HC.


Stafford made the journey to Wolverhampton with a strong team, full of confidence after the previous weeks victory.  Stafford put pressure on the home side from the start, an early short corner was won and duly converted by Mike Wymer after a Giles Rowden shot.


Wymer then doubled the lead in a similar move, this time the provider Richard Bendall.  In a team with an average age of below twenty, the hard work of James Wild and Andy Peatfield was matched with the flair of Will Trotter and Ethan Sweeney.


2-0 at half time was mainly due to some resilient Finchfield defending and an in form goal keeper but after the break, Stafford kept piling on the pressure.  Richard Bendall grabbed two goals and would have had a third if the Finches keeper had not pulled off a spectacular save with his helmet!


Ironically enough the Stafford man of the match was given to Stafford keeper Paul Taylor-Grime after a triple save during a jittery spell.  Eventually Finchfield got a deserved consolation goal after a neat reverse stick finish.


A great game, excellent umpiring and good hospitality after the game, demonstrating what a wonderful sport hockey is.

2nd Team Match Report v Solihull Blossomfield

Stafford HC 2nd team moved to second in the league after an impressive 2-1 victory last weekend against Solihull Blossomfield.


The Riverway side looked up for the challenge from the start, with James Wild and Nathan Silitto causing chaos for the opposition defenders.  A number of crosses just failed to see a final touch.  Solihull then found their feet and created a number of their own chances but the twin pairing of Andy Simms and Alex Peatfield managed to clear the lines.


Eventually Stafford took the lead after Chris Sunderland converted a Richie Gibbons cross, Stafford thought they had doubled the lead before Richard Bendall owned up to an infringement.


The second half saw Stafford continue to put pressure on but to limited avail, eventually Sunderland grabbed his second after he finished smartly from a narrow angle.


Stafford then made the mistake of sitting back and Solihull grabbed a goal after a neat deflection wrong footed Paul Taylor-Grime in goals.  After this Stafford pushed on, great wing back play from Will Trotter saw Stafford win a penalty corner.  Unfortunately the routine was not as slick as hoped and Stafford could not extend the lead.


A great result against a strong team, next week the second team are away against Finchfield HC.

Urgent Call for Help

Hi All

I have been asked to post a request for helpers to aid Rob Peatfield in setting up the new Goals at Beaconside, those of you at training would appreciate the current ones are not up to scratch and the only way we’ll have the new goals in place for Saturday is if we put them together ourselves.

Rob will be at Beaconside with all the tools required from 3pm Tomorrow (Friday) As many helpers as possible would be great.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 1st. November 2014 Re : Whitchurch Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms

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.