Match Report: Streetly
Stafford Hockey clubs first eleven hosted Streetly hoping that their first league game of the New Year would end in a win, and confidence seemed to be high going into the game.
The first half started positive for Stafford who had a large share of possession in the early stages, managing to apply early pressure to Streetly; though they were never going to play dead, battling for early momentum. Charlie Trotter made some good early runs, aided by Ben Hollands and Daniel Rennie. For most of the half both teams couldn’t really penetrate into the oppositions D, or squandering the few chances that they had. However following a miss-timed pass from Simon Parnell Streetly managed to break into the Stafford D, were a penalty flick was awarded against Mike Watley. This unfortunately for Stafford was put away into the bottom right corner.
In the second half things were different, miraculously Stafford looked like a completely different team; probably from the inspired half time team talk and the general reluctance to lose from a dominant position just as we had done so often in 2014. The passing was better, the build-up was better and the defending was better; Daniel Rennie still wouldn’t roll out much to Ed’s frustration, unfortunately Elliot wasn’t here this week to reassuringly calm him down. Mid-way through the half Andy Peatfield drove the ball wide into the D, where he crossed it for an easy tap in for Captain Ben Hollands. Just five minutes later Captain fantastic thought he had gained the lead and bagged himself another goal from a short corner, hitting the ball past the goalkeeper. However the ball hadn’t crossed outside the D so wasn’t counted. Stafford did manage to get the decisive winner late in the second half when Andy Peatfield having an amazing game skilled three players and the keeper to reverse hit the ball from a tight angle into the goal.
Overall Saturdays game not only gave us some early momentum in 2015 but also gave the demoralised Stafford players confidence, that we can win after going down and that we shouldn’t just give up; showing how the win against Streetly was much more than just three points on the board.