Stafford HC 2nd XI vs Wolverhampton
Saturday seconds went into Saturdays tricky fixture with Wolverhampton knowing that if they won, they would have gone the first half of the season completely unbeaten and be sitting top of he league for the Christmas break.
They started the game in a similar way to the past few games, flying out the blocks and dominating possession. However, the first 6 minutes didn’t see any goals, nor did the first 20 minutes. This was all down to the heroics of the Wolverhampton keeper who frustrated the Stafford frontline.
Stafford eventually made the break-threw with some tidy play on the edge of the D between Andy Barnett and Ian Robbinson, finding Dan Howe who played in Richard Bendall who then played the ball across for Jack Ball to calmly finish. Fantasy team enthusiasts out there will noticed that’s 5 goals in the past 3 games!
With 5 minutes to go before the break, Stafford decided to stop wasting there chances (by this point Dave had counted 16 shots on target) and grab another goal. After some great work at the top of the D, James Gillingham played a quick one-two with Jack Ball, before finding Elliot Glennon on the baseline. Elliot then fired the ball across a crowded D, finding Ian Robbinson at the back post.
Stafford then accidentally did Coach Daves secret number 6 short corner. James Gillingham injected a short corner before falling over whilst making a return, he then slipped the ball square across the D to Colin Bishop who fired the ball home. That means as it stand James Falconbridge owes Colin £10, with 2 goals to James’ none.
At half time, it was 3-0, but it could have easily been a lot more with keeper Paul Ruddle yet to have a touch of the ball and a very wasteful Stafford frontline.
The second half was much of the same, but Stafford couldn’t add to there tally as they struggled to beat the Wolverhampton keeper.
However, the second half wasn’t without incident. Mike Wymer continued his tremendous run of form of running into the goal. He made a classic Wymer run, using his pace to beat a number of players and rather than playing the ball to a Stafford player, fell over and got tangled up in the goal.
Richard Bendall also continued his unique run of forming of making the most of bad tackles and falling as if he has been hit by a nearby sniper.
Towards the end of the second half Stafford had another flurry of short corners, but were un-able to grab a goal. The lack of ability to score these short corners made captain Gareth Minton sprint up and warn the short corner team “if you don’t take a bloody shot, I am having the next short!”.
Stafford now have the luxury of being top of the league for Christmas and will look to continue this form into the new year. But since the league table is broken, you can’t see it. Instead, enjoy This weeks player profile.
Name: James Gillingham
Position: Self-Proclaimed Midfield ‘dynamo’
Moment of the Season: Dan Howe doing a Popeye goal celebration vs Redditch
Favourite Short Corner Routine: 5
Favourite Animal: Meercat
Season in 5 Words: “erm, I don’t know…winners”
Also, don’t listen to Mav trying to put a downer on things and tell us off. We’re top of the league…undefeated and it’s a hoot. Rest of the league…come at us yea (because we play better against good teams)
And huge thanks to Stafford 2nd XI for donating this weeks fines money to my Movemebr page. There’s still chance to donate and help change the face if men’s health at uk.movember.com/mospace/6985857. But the question is…since this moustache of mine appeared, we went top of the league…dare I shave and risk us slipping down the table?
MOM: Elliot Glennon
DOD: James Gillingham
Scorers: Jack Ball, Ian Robbinson, Colin Bishop