End of Season Awards Night

It was a fantastic evening last night as Stafford Hockey Club celebrated the end of season in style. Here are the winners of the awards.

Club Player of the Year: Mike Wymer

Club player of the year, Mike Wymer. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: Dave Parr

President’s Award: Dave Parr for all his work in securing planning permission for a pitch at Riverway. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: John Sinclair

President’s Award: John Sinclair, for all his work over the years as fixtures secretary and running the fathoms. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

Young Player of the Year: Will Trotter

Will was unable to attend the evening.

1st Team Player of the Year: Ed Handley

1st team player of the year: Ed Handley. Presented by Andy Barnett, 1st team vice-captain.

2nd Team Player of the Year: Jack Hodkinson

2nd team player of the year: Jack Hodkinson. Presented by 2nd team vice-captain, Mike Wymer.

3rd Team Player of the Year: Paul Taylor-Grime

3rd team player of the year: Paul Taylor-Grime. Presented by Steve Paling, 3rd team captain.

4th Team Player of the Year: Josh Williams

4th team player of the year: Josh Williams. Presented by Jack Fudger and Rikki Deller, 4th team captain and vice-captain.

5th Team Player of the Year: Tom Deakin

5th team player of the year: Tom Deakin. Presented by Gary Varga, 5th team captain.

Fathoms Player of the Year: Joe Mullor

Fathoms player of the year: Joe Mullor. Presented by John Sinclair, fathoms captain.

2nd Team Match Report v Stone

Stafford HC 2nd team confirmed a second place finish at the end of a great season by beating Stone HC 4-1 last weekend.


Stafford started well with a powerful Steve Marsh pass finding Richard Bendall in space, he went round the goal keeper and calmly played the ball into the unguarded net.  After that, nerves seemed to set in and Stone were able to settle into the game.  Despite a few chances, great defensive work by Andy Simms and Alex Peatfield saw the visitors denied.


1-0 at half time saw Stafford pushing for a second goal, a penalty corner won be Will Trotter saw Steve Marsh put a slipped pass into the goal.  Stone then started to push forward and created some good chances, man of the match Paul Taylor-Grime in goal kept them out.  Eventually he was beaten when a penalty corner was gifted to Stone, Simon Harrison scored with a deflected shot.


Thankfully instead of capitulating, Stafford pushed on and scored two late goals, Dave Anderson scored with a trade mark drag flick and Giles Rowden pounced on a poor pass and blasted the ball past a hapless keeper.  A high quality game played in great spirits was an excellent way to wrap up the season.


Unless there is a league reshuffle, Stafford should be promoted into the West Midlands Premier league, a challenge that the team are already looking forward to.

2nd Team Match Report v Shrewsbury

Second placed Stafford HC 2nds faced league leaders Shrewsbury HC 2nds last weekend, narrowly losing 2-1 away.


Stafford are the only team to have taken any points off the Shropshire team in a 3-3 draw in the game at Beaconside in October.  They rose to the occasion but were ultimately denied by two smart finishes.  Stafford started well, good work through the middle saw Ethan Sweeney and Nathan Silitto create some half chances.  It soon became clear though that Shrewsbury were strong defensively.


The opening goal came when a misplaced  pass was intercepted and Shrewsbury attacked on the left, the ball was played into the circle and the forward reverse sticked the ball high past Paul Taylor-Grime in goal.


Stafford though kept pressing forward, they won their only penalty corner when Giles Rowden was upended (lol) in the circle, Dave Anderson fired an unstoppable drag flick past the Shrewsbury keeper.


After that Stafford’s defence showed their resolve with excellent commitment, Alex Peatfield, Elliott Glennan and Andy Simms all had terrific games.


Shrewsbury started to get frustrated and started to try and force the ball into the circle to no avail.  After the break, Stafford created some sustained pressure but were not able to carve out any meaningful chances.  Just as the Riverway team were starting to think of settling for a point, they conceded the eventual winner, another unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.


A great game, and the stronger team won but Stafford were able to hold their heads up high after a terrific performance, worthy of a runners up position in the league.

2nd Team Match Reports v Bloxwich and Streetly

Stafford HC 2nd team came away with two victories last weekend, cementing 2nd place in West Midlands 1 of the Midlands Regional Hockey League.


On Saturday they hosted Bloxwich HC and ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.  Stafford started brightly and got off to a fine start with a drag flick by Nathan Silitto.  Stafford then conceded a bizarre equalizer after Alex Peatfield played the ball into the path of an opposition forward in front of goal!


That seemed to get Stafford in the right frame of mind, and they re-took the lead with a fine team goal, great passing from James Gillingham and Silitto saw Mike Wymer finish at the far post.


After the break Stafford took control, strong running through the midfield saw James Wild set up Wymer for his second, Dave Anderson then scored a powerful drag flick and the game was finished off in style by Ethan Sweeney.


On Sunday, Stafford visited bottom team Streetly HC in a rearranged fixture.  The young side ran Stafford really close, the Riverway team running out 4-3 winners.


The first came from a Mike Wymer cross to the far post and Richard Bendall applied the finishing touch.  After that, Stafford got sloppy in defence and conceded a penalty corner, it was emphatically put away by the opposition.


Stafford then took some measure of control with a neat finish from Elliot Glennan before Giles Rowden put away a deflection into the roof of the net. Another corner conceded by Stafford, saw Streetly score again to put the score at 3-2 at half time.


After the break, Rowden got his second with a short corner strike, Richard Bendall missed two great opportunities and Wymer could not convert a penalty stroke.  Streetly then grabbed a third to make it a nervy last 10 minutes, and indeed could have equalized on the whistle but their forward but the chance wide.


Man of the match was 15 year old Will Trotter who literally ran rings round his much older opponents.  Six valuable points for the young Stafford team.

2nd Team Match Report v Old Silhillians

Stafford HC 2nd teams winning streak came to an abrupt end last weekend, with a 4-3 loss at home to Old Silhillians HC.


Two well matched sides, cancelled out each others attacks early on in proceedings.  Stafford had the best chance when Andy Peatfield’s shot cannoned off a defenders head, thankfully the player was able to continue.  Old Sills then stunned Stafford with a break away goal, the shot being placed underneath an advancing Paul Taylor-Grime.


Old Sills soon doubled their lead with a well taken penalty corner after a Stafford infringement.  2-0 down at half time, but Stafford did not panic and came out fighting.  They soon got a goal back after an Andy Peatfield shot was tipped in at the near post by Giles Rowden.


Richard Bendall then equalized after a run into the circle and a pass under the goal keeper.  Then Old Sills grabbed a third from another Stafford error, conceding a corner, the opposition routine clinical in its execution.  Not to be outdone, Stafford won their own corner, Nathan Silitto scoring after a James Gillingham pass.


Stafford then fell to the sucker punch, failing to clear a long ball and another corner awarded, Old Sills smashed the ball home to punish the home team.


Stafford will be looking to regain their form, away next week against local rivals Stone HC.