West Bromwich 3-Stafford-4.
A fantastic result to end the first half of the campaign. Stafford came back twice in the game to win a really tight contest. The hockey played by both sides was excellent despite the very wet conditions. West Brom went ahead and Stafford pulled level quickly with a John Sudale defelcted strike from a short, before the break Stafford went ahead with a Peter Chiu glance from another short. In the second half West Brom equalised and then pulled ahead to 3-2. Instead of accepting defeat Stafford pressed ahead withe goals from Dave parr and Peter Chiu securing victory. A great team effort, best of season to date.
MoM Peter Chiu
Stafford 3rds 2-4 Aldridge and Walsall 3rds.
In one of our friendlies due to sides dropping out of the league the 3rds again played well, excellent passing and commitment but couldn’t turn it into a win, story of hte season so far! We just keep making unforced errors that are punished and not finishing off grest moves, also a bit lame I know but we are not having the luck at the moment , we hit the post they score that sort of thing.
Jack Ball had an excellent debut, John Sudale and Luke Mitford were superb in Midfield. The defence was very good Steve Morton had a great game just don’t ask him about the goal!
Scorers: Tony Milner and Dave Parr.
MoM Luke Mitford.
Pershore 3rds 2-Stafford 3rds-2.
Goals: Tony Milner-1, Charlie Trotter-1.
Stafford 3rds travelled south of Birmingham to play Pershore in Evesham which for the day became a little corner of San Marino defensively at least
A truly frustrating afternoon. Despite spending 80% of the game in the Pershore half and launching attack after attack inspired by MoM rich Brazier we could not convert chances into goals.
Tony Milner scored from an early strike in the first half which pershore prompty equalised with a freakish deflection. In the second half the move of the game, Brazier to Malpass to Faulconbridge to Trotter saw Charlie finish and move us 2-1 ahead. we then should have finished Pershore off hitting the wheel, the bar and virtually everywere but the goal. The turning point of the game was a penalty flick that never was, Faulconbridge was assaulted by the Pershore keeper in a Walcott moment but a short was given to everyone’s amazement. Shortly afterwards Pershore were awarded a dubious short and of course scored. You know its not your day when the umpires and their captain describe the result as daylight robbery. Sour grapes? too right.
Special mention to club-man through and through Rich Peatfield giving up an outfield game for the 4ths to travel to Evesham to be the 3rds keeper. Cheers Rich.
Team. Rich Peatfield,Paul Sweeney,Dave Thurgaland, Bob masters,Dave Baldock,Tony Milner,Rich Brazier,Guy Malpass, Josh williams,Dave Parr,Charlie Trotter,John Faulconbridge.
Stafford 3rdXI-5-Redditch 3rdXI-0
Stafford mens Hockey 3rdXI recorded an emphatic win in their second league fixture of the season. from the opening of the game Stafford maintained relentless pressure on Redditch, closing down their play and creating a multitude of chances. The first of four goals in the first half was created by James Faulconbridge who chased down a ball that Redditch had given up, crossed for Simon Burke who then laid it off for Dave Parr to score. Dave Parr then returned the favour for James Faulconbridge he picked up a forward ball from Paul Sweeney released Guy Malpass who crossed for James Faulconbridge who controlled the ball skillfully and slotted past the keeper for 2-0. It was this passage of play that probably earned Faulconbridge his Man of the Match award.
Redditch were effectively dead and buried when again provider turned scorer as Guy Malpass fired in from a tight angle for 3-0. As the half drew to a close Simon Burke hit a ball from just outside the D which deflected off a Redditch defender for an own goal, the first time the new rules have had an impact in a 3rds game.
In the second half Redditch were far more competitive and held a rampant Stafford side at bay, occasionally creating pressure of their own. The defensive line-up of Grimes, Sweeney, Thurgaland, Williams and Baldock were outstanding though and never gave Redditch a chance.
Overall it was a fantastic performance with every player adding to the team performance, Josh Williams played with great freedom in the Midfield whilst Tony Milner and Bob Masters were superb at breaking up the Redditch game, Simon Burke had an effective game returning from injury.
In the final quarter of the game the Skipper John Faulconbridge and it a Father and Son result scoring following a centre from the excellent Guy Malpass.
A good performance which should have been enough to win the game. Stafford dominated the 1st half and had 7 strikes saved.In the 2nd Market Drayton improved perhaps due to the 3 extra players that turned up that the Stafford Skipper didnt notice. With only their 2nd goal effort Darayton scored. It looked like we would not level until John Faulconbridge scored the ugliest goal in Hockey history, apparently they all count but some really shouldn’t.
MoM: Guy Malpass.