1st Team Match Report v West Bromwich

Stafford HC retook top spot of the West Midlands Div 1 with a 3-1 win against previous leaders West Bromwich HC.

West Brom were the in form team going into the fixture, Stafford on the other hand were still reeling from their draw against Yardley. As a result West Brom dominated the early stages, moving the ball nicely and with a game plan of trying to rob the ball off the Stafford defence.

The away team created a number of early chances but could not seem to put the finishing touches to their play. Dan Howe in goals smothered anything that came his way. Stafford did win a couple of early penalty corners but could not get a shot away themselves.

West Brom then deservedly took the lead, Dave Anderson was dispossessed in midfield, the ball slipped out wide for league top goal scorer Paul Compton to slap home. After that the midfield took over and pretty much cancelled each other out.

Stafford then grabbed their equaliser when they won the ball high up the pitch, Dan Rennie passed to Giles Rowden who in turn moved it on to Andy Peatfield, he flicked the ball high into the net.

A great moral boost and Stafford were much better in the second half, they looked much better going forwards and took the lead through Charlie Trotter who knocked the ball home at the far post after an Andy Barnett cross.

Dan Howe still had plenty to do, West Brom were guilty of missing some good chances and things started to open up. Rowden missed an excellent chance before the result was put beyond doubt when Peatfield grabbed his second with a narrow far post finish.

A big result for Stafford who now only need three points from one of their remaining three games. Next weekend they travel down to Pershore hoping to wrap the league up.