Stafford 1st XI vs Streetly – 04.10.14Match Report
In what was a closely contested opening game of the 2014/2015 season, both Stafford and the freshly relegated Streetly had to settle for an even distribution of the points in a fast paced 2-2 draw at Streetly’s home pitch.
Following a string of disappointing results yet encouraging performances in pre-season, Stafford 1sts fielded a young side who showed great energy in the middle of the park and in the final third. A midfield diamond consisting of James Faulcounbridge, Charlie Trotter and Ethan Sweeney, all of whom are under 18, and stalwart captainCaptain Ben Holland provided a very high energy performance that, through grit and determination, provided Stafford with the chances necessary to break the deadlockk. A testing shot early on from Sweeney was a signal of things to come. The first goal came from a penetrating run from Piers Woollen, who was threat on the left flank all game, finding another young star Daniel Rennie, whose quick fire shot was deftly deflected over the keeper by Stafford’s front man Dan Howe. The first half ended 0-1 Stafford due to the stalwart defending of Simon Parnell, Dave Anderson, Colin Bishop and Richard Buka and a number of impressive saves from keeper Gareth Minton.
Stafford began the second half impressively after an inspiring talk from Coach Ed Wills by doubling their lead through the Captainn Ben Holland after a piercing pass from Howe and an impressive run from Rennie. As a result, Streetly upped their performance and pressure, with a number of D penetrations, ultimately resulting in a well worked short corner routine and Streetly’s first league goal. As tiredness set in, openings were becoming a feature of the game however it was Streetly who evened the scoring through an easy goal. A final blow to the Stafford side came in the form of a yellow card to midfielder Sweeney.
A good performance and a decent result in Stafford’s opening game away from home left the side leaving the pitch satisfied with the nature outcome of the game.
Stafford’s 1st XI ended their pre season with a 3-1 defeat to Wednesbury away.
Stafford were in the hunt for thier first goal of the pre season and went into the game with a young and exciting team. Stafford started the game well with good pressure from the midfield and the attackers. The first real chance of the game came from Stafford’s positive start and fell to Dan Howe, who unfortunately could get a strike away in time from close range.
Stafford’s held strong for the majority of the first half but the Wednesbury attack caused a problems for defence and made a break through halfway through the first half with a neat and composed finish from a penalty corner. Soon after this Wednesday managed find their way into the Stafford circle again and slotted the ball in between the Stafford keepers legs. The first half finished with the possession being evenly shared. Wednesday making the most of their chances and were clinical finishing the first half 2-0.
The second half Stafford came out with a desire to get something out of the game. Unfortunately this positive thinking was hit hard early on from an attack, which started in the midfield, lead to a unexpected 3rd goal from Wednesbury.
Stafford needed to dig deep to try and get the elusive goal they had been after for the last 3 weeks. Good work from the defence and the energy from midfielders, Ben Hollands and debutant Piers Wooler, managed to hold Wednesbury for the remaining of the 2nd half despite having Dave Anderson sent off for a dangerous and poor stick tackle. The fight in midfield managed to win the ball and began a series of well executed passing from Stafford which lead to a simple close range goal from Dan Howe.
The game deservedly finished 3-1 to Wednesday.
Stafford play their first league game this Saturday at Streetly.
MOM – Piers Wooler
DOD – Dave Anderson
This year’s cricket match will be played on Friday the 13th of June. The match will start at 6 30 PM on the main cricket square. Meet time will be 6 PM for both teams and will also be chance to go through the rules of the game.
We will also be having a club night afterwards in the club house where I hope players decide to stay for a few drinks and food. Anybody is invited down for the evening and trust me it’s usually a very fun evening.
If you wish to play in this year’s event then you need to get in touch with myself to secure your place. It will be first come first serve so make yourself available and let me know ASAP.
Please bring both a white hockey shirt and a green hockey shirt along with cricket white trousers if you have some. I will put the team sheets up on the Wednesday/Thursday evening.
Please wear either cricket spikes or trainers NOT FOOTBALL STUDS.
Hope to see you all down the club in the 13th.
Beer festival starts tonight at 7 pm. We have LIVE music and BBQ as well as 19 ales and 9 ciders.
The festival continues on Friday at 2 pm with more BBQ, Beers and LIVE music. Friday is always a very popular evening and a highlight of the year at the clubhouse.
Saturday is the day of the hockey festival which starts at 10 am. 18 teams will be wearing their chosen kits and take on teams from all over the area. BBQ will again be cooking BBQ favorites. We also have Mr Simm’s visiting with a selection on sugary treats as well as a cool milk shakes from our sponsors. We will have LIVE music again in the evening and of course the various ales on offer.
See you all there guys. If you can help out with raffle prizes that would be great.
Just a quick reminder to everybody that Tuesday Training has now finished.
Also April is a busy month for all Stafford Hockey Club Members in terms of fundraising and Celebration.
Stafford Beer and Hockey Festival 2014 – 10th, 11th and 12th of April
This date is the biggest event in the Hockey Club’s Calender and also the biggest fundraiser of the year. We have 20 different Ales and 9 different Ciders on offer this year, all from across the country. We have an Live Acoustic night on the Thursday night, Live band on Friday and also Live music on the Saturday night. On the Saturday we have the Hockey Festival, this involves over 18 teams from the local area and further afield. The day starts at 9am for and continues through the day. If you need a team or wish to enter one please get in contact with myself ASAP.
This is a huge event a relies on the help from our members. If you can give some time in the week (Friday especially) it will be greatly appreciated. We are also in need of raffle prizes and members that know how to flip a burger.
You can follow the event page on facebook here
Presidents Game and SGM – 26th April
To finish the season we play a President’s XI vs a Chairman’s XI. This club game is open to all club members and is a celebration of the season and the players that have played throughout the season. The game starts at 12:30 but players should ideally arrive between 12:00/12:15. If you are interested in playing, contact Mav or Dan Howe and we will arrange 2 teams to compete on the day.
After the game we will hold the Special Annual Meeting which all members are invited and advised to attend as its an important meeting to elect new members of the club. It is also chance to discuss any information in regards to the hockey section and its development.
End of Season Presentation Dinner – 26th April
The end of season presentation dinner will take place on Saturday evening and will be a celebration of teams and players in the club. Tickets for this event will be £10 and will include a delicious curry dinner (poppadoms included). Dress code for this event is to be smart (shirt and tie). Please let your captains know of if you are going to be attending. Tickets should be available at the clubhouse during April. Raffle prize donations welcome.
Dan Howe 07891505159