1st Team Match Report v Yardley

Stafford HC 1sts got back to winning ways in emphatic style last weekend, beating Yardley HC 11-0.

In wet and windy conditions, the home team came racing out of the blocks, Ben Hollands scored with Stafford’s first foray into the circle, a nice reverse stick finish. Giles Rowden grabbed the second with a close range finish and Dave Anderson scored with a nice drag flick at a penalty corner.

Yardley started to play them, the young team using their pace to create some pressure on an organised Stafford defence. 3-0 at half time had coach Ed Wills asking for more goals.

Dan Rennie obliged from the re-start after a nice one two with. Charlie Trotter, Rennie scoring from a narrow angle after deceiving the Yardley keeper. The flood gates seemed to open them, Hollands grabbed a second before Trotter finally got in on the act, he pulled a high ball down before finishing nicely on the reverse stick.

Anderson scored another corner, Trotter grabbed two further goals and then Andrew Barnett scored the cream of the crop, an exquisite touch to beat the goal keeper.

All credit to the Yardley team who showed great enthusiasm and good skills at times, the umpires both contributed nicely, allowing the game to flow.

A much changed team on Sunday saw Stafford bow out of the England Hockey Vase, losing 4-1 away to Nuneaton HC, Dan Wheawall with the consolation goal.

A big game next week for Stafford who are facing table toppers West Bromwich HC away, 11.50am at the Aston University Sports Ground.