Stafford HC 1st team top the table in West Midlands Div 1 after an emphatic 6-1 victory against previous league leaders Leamington HC.
Free scoring Stafford have produced a series of excellent performances over the last few weeks and last Saturday was no different. The midfield was dominant and able to turn over possession regularly and counter attack against a bemused opponent. A couple of early chances were not taken but eventually Stafford won a penalty corner, Dave Anderson’s flick was well saved but Captain Ben Hollands picked up the rebound and smashed the ball home.
Stafford doubled their lead after a great run and pass from Andy Peatfield, finding Giles Rowden on the far post to tap the ball in. Peatfield then turned scorer after a Rowden pass, deflecting the ball neatly passed an on rushing keeper.
After the break Stafford continued their dominance, Dan Rennie picked up a broken down corner to flick the ball passed a stranded keeper. Peatfield grabbed his second after a great lay off from Hollands, saw him walk the ball into the net. Charlie Trotter scored the 6th after a reverse stick shot.
It was really game over but Leamington kept plugging away, indeed they thought they had scored before Dan Howe denied them in goals with a dramatic stick save. After a couple of penalty corners, Leamington eventually got a consolation after a smart short corner routine.
An excellent result and Stafford are where they want to be at the head of the table, they will be hoping to keep the momentum going against Evesham on the 9th January 2016.
Stafford HC 1st team lifted themselves to second place in West Midlands Division 1 with a resounding 12-1 away victory against Newtown HC in Powys.
Incredibly Stafford have now scored 37 goals in just four games! However when the team got to Newtown it looked like the game might have to be called off because of strong winds blowing the goals over. A last minute switch to Welshpool saw far better playing conditions.
Despite the difficult start, Stafford came out firing, a great pass from Guy Malpass saw Andy Barnett deflect the ball past a stranded keeper within the first minute. More quick goals followed, Giles Rowden scoring from a straight penalty corner strike, Charlie Trotter tapping it the far post. Rowden grabbed his second after picking up a deflected shot.
After this Stafford played some scintillating hockey, great passing and overlapping running bemused the home team, Ben Hollands scoring after a surging run and Andy Peatfield knocking in a far post cross.
It was 7-0 at half time and a change of goal-keeper did stem the Stafford momentum but not for long, Dan Rennie finished a reverse stick shot, Hollands grabbed his second and Trotter two more.
Credit to Newtown who kept going forward, eventually grabbing a goal from a neat finish after the ball was powered into the circle.
Stafford still had time to improve their goal difference, Rowden scoring two late goals to finish with four.
A word of thanks to Newtown for providing both very competent and sociable umpires, agreeing to swap locations to ensure the game went ahead and for being a good bunch of lads.
Stafford have the chance of being top at Christmas if they beat new league leaders Leamington HC next Saturday, 1.00pm start at Beaconside.