Solihull Blossomfield 3 – 0 Stafford
Men of the match: Ben Hollands & Andy Barnet
Stafford travelled to Solihull Blossomfield for their first game of the season, a place they have come in previous years and won on three consecutive occasions. Unfortunately they couldn’t make it four as an industrious Blossomfield side made Stafford pay for their mistakes.
A new 3-2-3-2 formation and a number of new faces made it a different looking Stafford team and they started reasonably well, having a good share of possession. However, Blossomfield soon got on the ball and got forward in an effective direct style. They won a short corner after Stafford gave the ball away and this was expertly dispatched into the left top corner, beyond goalkeeper Dave Trotter.
Stafford again struggled to keep the ball and it wasn’t long until the Blossomfield attack overloaded Stafford’s defence, breaking into the circle and firing it at the Richard Buka’s feet. Another short corner was this time deflected through Dave Trotter’s legs. 2-0.
After the break, Stafford played some better hockey with passing improving. Ben Hollands worked hard in midfield and Andy Barnet provided some much needed height in yet another new position up-front. It was his running and clever positional play that created some space up-top but Stafford weren’t able to create any clear-cut chances.
As Stafford pushed hard for a goal, they were left exposed on the break and Blossomfield made it 3-0 with a decent break and tidy finish. Stafford kept pushing for a goal but it never came. There is certainly room for improvement but it won’t be getting any easier when they play Coventry Sikh Union at home next Saturday – 1pm start at Beaconside.