1st Team Match Report v Old Wulfs

Stafford HC 1st team wrapped up their last pre-season friendly with a 4-3 away win against Old Wulfs HC in Wolverhampton. That has made it four wins out of four in a confident build up to the start of the league season next week.

Old Wulfs fielded a strong squad including ex Staffordian Gareth Minton, Stafford welcomed back James Wild and Dan Howe from the cricket section.

The early stages were close, both teams cancelling each other out, Stafford broke well on a couple of occasions, only to be denied by some excellent goal-keeping. Old Wulfs took the lead after a miss hit shot, wrong footing Dan Howe in goals.

Stafford equalised after Gareth Minton gifted his old club a present passing the ball to Giles Rowden in the circle who laid it off to Charlie Trotter to score!

1-1 at half time and all to play for, the old boys retook the lead after a nice bit of skill on the base line saw a close range finish. Stafford then scored twice in quick succession, James Wild taking the ball round the keeper after a good pass from Piers Wooller. Andy Barnett then intercepted the ball, played it quickly to Trotter who blasted it home.

There was still time for Old Wulfs to equalise after a bobbly ball found an unmarked player on the far post. However Stafford took the honours when Piers Wooller fired home at a penalty corner.

A morale boosting victory against a good team ahead of a league encounter against Solihull Blossomfield HC next weekend.

1st Team Match Report v Wolverhampton

Stafford HC 1st team hosted Wolverhampton HC last weekend in an entertaining 4-3 friendly victory.

Stafford missing a few players to cricket and holiday, took the opportunity to blood new players, debutant Andy Richardson impressed in the forward line.

In a bright start Wolverhampton took the game to Stafford, putting the defence under pressure, Dave Trotter in goal, having to do more work than he probably wanted to. Wolverhampton took the lead when Trotter saved well but the ball was bundled under him from the rebound.

Stafford then woke up, Dan Rennie to the fore, he played the ball to Richardson who crossed it to James Gillingham to score with a well placed shot. Stafford then took control and scored three quick goals in their preferred counter attacking style.

Rennie scored himself after a quick break saw Giles Rowden play the ball into the path of the onrushing Rennie who put it into an empty net. Charlie Trotter then scored himself after a nice run and a shot on his reverse side bobbled over a prone keeper. Rennie grabbed his second and Stafford’s 4th after a shot from the top of the circle.

The second half saw Wolverhampton exert some consistent pressure, they grabbed a second from a penalty corner after a nice reverse stick finish. Stafford had some chances but some fine goal keeping denied them.

Next week Stafford face Old Wulfs away in their final friendly.