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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.

2nd Team Match Report v Kings Heath HC

Stafford HC 2nd team consolidated their 2nd position in West Midlands Division 1 with a 5-2 away win against Kings Heath HC last weekend.

 

With a blistering start, Stafford really secured the points in the first 15 minutes with 4 quick goals.  Stafford like to play quick counter-attacking hockey, the midfield playing quick ball to the forwards and following up to overload the opposition defence.

 

The first goal came after Andy Peatfield played the ball into Giles Rowden who turned and slotted it past the stranded keeper.  After that Richard Bendall maintained his scoring record with a tap in after a couple of rebounded shots.  James Ward then grabbed one after the ball was played into his path, a nice finish into the bottom corner.

 

Alex Peatfield then popped up from centre back to score the goal of the game, his run leaving the defenders trailing and he finished with a neat lob over the keeper.

 

After this Kings Heath woke up and scored two nice goals themselves, the first a fierce strike from a penalty corner and the second a tap in from a cross.  The game then stagnated somewhat and there was a single Stafford goal in the second half when Rowden doubled his tally with a flick over a prone keeper.

 

Next week Stafford face Old Sills at home, 1.00pm push back at Beaconside.

2nd Team Match Report v Finchfield

Stafford HC 2nd team cemented their position of second in the MRHA West Midlands Division 1 with a 4-1 victory against Finchfield HC.

 

Stafford made the journey to Wolverhampton with a strong team, full of confidence after the previous weeks victory.  Stafford put pressure on the home side from the start, an early short corner was won and duly converted by Mike Wymer after a Giles Rowden shot.

 

Wymer then doubled the lead in a similar move, this time the provider Richard Bendall.  In a team with an average age of below twenty, the hard work of James Wild and Andy Peatfield was matched with the flair of Will Trotter and Ethan Sweeney.

 

2-0 at half time was mainly due to some resilient Finchfield defending and an in form goal keeper but after the break, Stafford kept piling on the pressure.  Richard Bendall grabbed two goals and would have had a third if the Finches keeper had not pulled off a spectacular save with his helmet!

 

Ironically enough the Stafford man of the match was given to Stafford keeper Paul Taylor-Grime after a triple save during a jittery spell.  Eventually Finchfield got a deserved consolation goal after a neat reverse stick finish.

 

A great game, excellent umpiring and good hospitality after the game, demonstrating what a wonderful sport hockey is.

2nd Team Match Report v Solihull Blossomfield

Stafford HC 2nd team moved to second in the league after an impressive 2-1 victory last weekend against Solihull Blossomfield.

 

The Riverway side looked up for the challenge from the start, with James Wild and Nathan Silitto causing chaos for the opposition defenders.  A number of crosses just failed to see a final touch.  Solihull then found their feet and created a number of their own chances but the twin pairing of Andy Simms and Alex Peatfield managed to clear the lines.

 

Eventually Stafford took the lead after Chris Sunderland converted a Richie Gibbons cross, Stafford thought they had doubled the lead before Richard Bendall owned up to an infringement.

 

The second half saw Stafford continue to put pressure on but to limited avail, eventually Sunderland grabbed his second after he finished smartly from a narrow angle.

 

Stafford then made the mistake of sitting back and Solihull grabbed a goal after a neat deflection wrong footed Paul Taylor-Grime in goals.  After this Stafford pushed on, great wing back play from Will Trotter saw Stafford win a penalty corner.  Unfortunately the routine was not as slick as hoped and Stafford could not extend the lead.

 

A great result against a strong team, next week the second team are away against Finchfield HC.

Urgent Call for Help

Hi All

I have been asked to post a request for helpers to aid Rob Peatfield in setting up the new Goals at Beaconside, those of you at training would appreciate the current ones are not up to scratch and the only way we’ll have the new goals in place for Saturday is if we put them together ourselves.

Rob will be at Beaconside with all the tools required from 3pm Tomorrow (Friday) As many helpers as possible would be great.

2nd Team Match Report v Shrewsbury

Stafford HC second team fought out a 3-3 draw against Shrewsbury HC last weekend, both teams were undefeated going into the contest.

 

Stafford started well this week, Jack Ball scoring early on after good work on the right from Nathan Silitto, but Shrewsbury were a well drilled team and soaked up some considerable Stafford pressure before equalizing from a penalty corner.   Paul Taylor-Grime was beaten by a low flick to his right.

 

After this Stafford sat back and this allowed the opposition the opportunity to put further pressure on and they grabbed their second goal early in the second half after Stafford failed to clear their lines.  Two soon became three when another corner flick was deflected luckily into his own net by Elliott Glennan.

 

Stafford though soon realised that they needed to push higher, man of the match James Wild led the way with a tireless performance.  Jack Ball popped up for his second after a run down the left by Mike Wymer.  Stafford then equalized after good work by Ball and Richie Gibbons finished neatly.

 

After that Stafford could have taken all three points with a couple of late chances, but were grateful not to hand a title competitor all three points.

 

Congratulations go to Mike Wymer for a second consecutive award of donkey of the day, it was truly amazing that any of the opposition had a stick left intact!

 

Next week the second team are away to Telford and Wrekin HC.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 11th. October Re : Stafford Fathoms v North Staffs. Fathoms

Date : Saturday 11th. October 2014
Fixture : Stafford Fathom / Development Team v North Staffs. Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford ST18 0AD
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 0-4 ( H/T 0-2 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K )
( Nominated by Stuart Sutton Ex-Stafford Hockey Player watching his Grandson : Will Buckley play for Safford Fathoms )

& Tom Deakin ( Nominated by Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland & Jack Fudger

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie,

4) Tom Deakin

5) John Sinclair,

6) Ben Deakin

7) Ollie-Joe Simmons

8) Will Buckley

9) Kyle Rennie

10) John Sinclair

11) Jack Hodgkinson

12) Neil Jinks

Stafford Fathoms had to wait until this Saturday to play their first home game of the season and again like last week were giving another young player, Ben Deakin ( brother of Tom Deakin ) his hockey debut in the side and they were also being watched from the sidelines by Stuart Sutton an Ex-Stafford Hockey Player who had come along to watch his young Grandson, Will Buckley play for Stafford Fathoms and I am sure as the game progressed that he picked up on the togetherness and experience that all Stafford Young Fathom Players had gained from playing in last Saturday’s fathom game away to Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team and from the start Stafford started well and were holding their own against another opposition which like last week had a number of experienced players in it’s side. For 15 minutes both sides were evenly balanced and playing some nice hockey, but then North Staffs Fathoms were awarded a short corner and from it, they managed to take the lead from it, when Stafford didn’t defend it as well as they could of done. Stafford didn’t allow this set back to up-set them and just like last week they kept plugging away but unfortunately just as half time was looming North Staffs extended their lead, when Stafford didn’t mark as well as they had been and North Staffs nipped in to go 2-0 up.

The team talk at half time by Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to the rest of the team, was to ignore the score-line of 2-0, as both goals had been the only time Stafford’s young keeper had really been tested by in the first half and they both could have been prevented with a bit better defending. The team also needed to pass and communicate with one another a little bit better than they had been in the first half, as the experienced players in the North Staffs Fathom Team in the first half had managed to contain the raw energy of the youngsters in the Stafford Fathom Team, so when the second half started Stafford fathom youngsters took on board the half-time team talk and started well against North Staffs but the opposition did however up their game and started to test Stafford defence a lot more in this half than the first half and as a result Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley had a lot more to deal with, which he dealt with splendidly and young Tom Deakin playing only his second competitive hockey game was doing a sterling job in midfield for Stafford, with some real good tackles and lay offs to fellow team mates and Kyle Rennie, George Hodgkinson and Will Buckley for Stafford were combining well up front for Stafford and were constantly testing the experienced North Staffs Fathoms Defence but eventually North Staffs got the better of Stafford and managed to score another 2 goals despite Stafford competing with them all over the pitch and at the final whistle North Staffs ran out 4-0 winners but just like last week the opposition praised the way Stafford Fathom Team had battled and kept going in a good, well fought and entertaining game.

Stuart Sutton as mentioned at the being of this report was watching the game from the side-lines and he was very impressed on how all players in the Stafford side had kept going and hadn’t let their heads drop at any time even though they eventually lost the game 4-0 and he was also asked before the game started if he minded naming a Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms and after the game he nominated young Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley as Man of the Match for his splendid performance in between the posts for Stafford and young Tom Deakin playing only his second game was also nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms, for all his hard work and endeavour in midfield for Stafford by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is an Away game to Old Wulfs Fathoms and is a 2.30pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB and all players picked to play in this fathom game will need to meet at 1.15pm at Stafford Hockey Club.

2nd Team Match Report v Bloxwich

Stafford HC 2nd team travelled to Bloxwich HC last weekend and returned with a 5-2 victory to take them to the top of their respective 2nd team league.

 

Blowich had won their first league game 4-2 so Stafford new they were not going to be a push over, Stafford started brightly with eventual man of the match, Jack Ball causing chaos in the opposition defence, indeed within the first ten minutes he had hit the post twice.

 

Unfortunately Stafford then started to allow a bit of complacency to slip into their game and a couple of defensive errors saw them concede a penalty corner.  The resulting shot was accurately fired past a despairing Paul Taylor-Grime in goal.

 

Stafford did not panic and good work by Elliot Glennan and Nathan Silitto saw James Gillingham score at the far post.  Not to be undone, the hard-working opposition kept plugging away and scored a second after Stafford failed to clear the lines.  Stafford though went into half-time with a 2-2 score line thanks to another neat Gillingham finish at the far post.

 

After the break Stafford began to run away with things, constant pressure on the Bloxwich defence saw them concede penalty corners and Silitto slotted a lovely drag flick over the shoulder on the stoic keeper.

 

Bloxwich then started to panic somewhat and Stafford took advantage late on, with Richard Bendall scoring a brace.  A good game, with excellent umpiring saw the young(ish) Riverway team put in another encouraging performance.  Next week they are at home to Shrewbury 2nds – 1.00pm start at Beaconside.

2nd Team Match Report v Streetly HC

Stafford HC 2nd team got this years league campaign off to an impressive start, beating Streetly HC 2nds 5-1.

 

Streetly fielded a very young side, however they were very well drilled and showed good skills.  It was not until late in to the second half that Stafford romped away with things.  That said, the Riverway side did have the majority of possession.

 

Stafford opened the scoring after a characteristic late run from man of the match Jack Ball who deftly placed the ball past the onrushing keeper after a pass from Nathan Sillito.  Streetly then stunned Stafford, equalizing through their only penalty corner of the game.  The ball was heading wide before a touch from the injector put the ball into the roof of the net.

 

1-1 at half time but Stafford did not despair and came out determined to take all the points.  Hard work from James Gillingham and the excellent James Wild, saw Stafford create a lot of chances, the best of which fell to Richard Bendall who hit the post.

 

However Streetly could not deny Stafford for long, eventually another Sillito ball found Andy Peatfield at the far post to smash it home.  The flood gates opened after this and goals from James  Gilllingham and two from Bendall put a gloss on the result which did not really do Streetly justice.

 

A great start from the young Stafford team who are away next week to Bloxwich HC.

 

On another positive note, Stafford HC fielded six teams last weekend for the first time since the 1970’s.  The Club welcomes players of all ages and experiences, please see www.staffordhc.co.uk for more details.

Match Report Re : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms for Saturday 4th. October 2014

Date : Saturday 4th. October 2014

Fixture : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Alleynes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone Staffs ST15 8DR
Push-Back : 2.00pm
Score : 13-0 ( H/T 6-0 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K ), Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor .
( All 5 Players Nominated by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland umpired to help out Barlaston Fathoms, as they only could provide 1 umpire for this game ( but he left 15 minutes before the end of game Re : him captaining Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ).

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K ) ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with Neil Jinks ),

2) Tom Deakin ( his mum drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

3) Paul Rennie ( drove certain team members to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

4) Neil Jinks ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with goalkeeper, Tom Stanley – but left 15 minutes before the end of the game Re : him playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club at 3.30pm ),

5) John Sinclair,

6) Glynn Bibby ( drove to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with partner Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies Hockey ),

7) Jay Mullor ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with his son, Joe – but he left 15 minutes before the end Re : him playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ),

8) Joe Mullor ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with his Dad, Jay and his mum collected him after the game ),

9) Taran Bassie,

10) Kyle Rennie,

11) George Hodgkinson ( his mum drove him direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

12) Will Buckley ( his dad drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

13) Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies ( Glynn Bibby drove Jo to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ).

When Stafford Fathoms arrived at Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone, it soon became very apparent to all in the Stafford Fathom Team, that the Barlaston Fathom Team they were playing against, was a team of experienced players, as there appeared to be no youngsters in their side and with Stafford fielding a number of youngsters in their side, three of which i.e. Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin & Joe Mullor ( all of school age i.e. 11 to 16 ) were all making their debut in a Stafford Fathom White Shirt.
The first 15 minutes of the game saw the young looking Stafford Fathoms overwrought by this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team and they soon found themselves trailing by 5 goals to nil, as they allowed their opponents to dictate / dominate the game and debutant keeper in Stafford Fathoms goals, Tom Stanley who in this 15 minute period had made some good saves for Stafford, was unable to prevent any of these 5 goals hitting the back of his Stafford net. However, after this 15 minute period the Stafford Fathom Team settled down and started to keep their opponents at bay and at half time Barlaston Fathoms had only been able to get another goal pass a now resolute Stafford Fathom Team and were now winning the game 6-0.
Second Half saw Barlaston Fathoms kindly allow Stafford Fathoms to field both their 2 substitutes so when the second half began Stafford Fathom Team had 13 players on the pitch ( including Jo Lovatt from Stafford Ladies ) against the Barlaston Fathom Team of 11 players and no substitutes and even though Stafford had the superiority of numbers on the field it didn’t prevent their opponents scoring a few more goals in this half, but Stafford Fathoms were now making this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team work really hard for their rewards ( i.e. additional goals ) and 15 minutes before the game finished 2 players i.e. experienced Jay Mullor & Neil Jinks had to leave to play for other Stafford Teams elsewhere ( Neil Jinks was playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club Re : 3.30pm pushback & Jay Mullor was playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 4pm pushback ) and the Umpire, Dave Thurgarland from Stafford also had to leave to go and captain the Stafford 4th. Team who were playing at Beaconside, Stafford at 4pm. However, in the final 10 minutes of the game Stafford youngsters of George Hodgkinson & Will Buckley with the assistance of Glynn Bibby combined well up front to set up George Hodgkinson with a one on one chance against the Barlaston Fathom Keeper, who did well to block / prevent George Hodgkinson getting a solitary goal for Stafford Fathoms.

All players who played in yesterdays Stafford’s Fathom Team should be pleased with their performance in this very tough game against a very experienced Barlaston Fathom Team, especially as after this game at the Pheasant Pub in Stone whilst having teas and something to drink, it became apparent while talking to a member of the Barlaston Fathom Team that the team they had just lost 13-0 to, was their 2nd. Team and that 2 seasons ago their 2nd. Team was part of the fathom fixtures but last season they had reverted back to playing second team league fixtures but were getting well beaten in a lot of their fixtures and in one game they were beaten 16-0, so this season they entered their 2nd Team back into the fathom fixtures.

Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team were really pleased how all players in the side kept going and didn’t let their heads drop at any time, especially as it was the first fathom game of the season for some of them and some opposition players & officials also made similar comments about our Stafford Fathom side and the Man of the Match award was awarded by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to all the youngsters in the side Re : Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor for their dedication to keep going even though the Stafford Fathom Team were beaten 13-0 by this experienced Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to North Staffs Fathoms at Beaconside, Stafford ( Re : 10am pushback and 9.30am meet at Beaconside, for players selected to play in this game ) and as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team I am hoping the togetherness and experience gained by all players in yesterday’s game will be utilised by them for this home game this Saturday against North Staffs Fathoms.

2nd Team Match Report v Wednesbury

Stafford HC 2nd team finished their pre-season with an emphatic 8-0 victory against Wednesbury HC.

In a game which Stafford pretty much dominated, it took a good 15  minutes for Stafford to break down a determined Wednesbury defence.  Stafford looked the fittest and more determined and the first goal came after a good run down the right by Mike Wymer and an equally good finish by James Gillingham high into the net.

Stafford kept plugging away and it was a couple of good finishes from man of the match, Nathan Sillito that gave Stafford a 3-0 half time lead.

After the break it was more of the same, Stafford dominating and Sillito grabbed a total of 4 goals, including a couple of powerful drag flicks.  Sillito the youngest player in the team was nearly shown up by the oldest, as Richie Gibbons scored a quick hat-trick late on after Wednesbury started to tire.

A word for an excellent performance by the Wednesbury goal-keeper, especially in continually denying Richard Bendall!

In the first league game next season, Stafford 2nds face Streetly HC at Beaconside, 1.00pm start.

Stafford Touch Rugby Festival

Stafford HC Mens and Ladies have been invited to take part in a Mixed Touch Rugby Festival on the 26th May at Stafford Rugby Club

Squad of 10 with 6 in team (min 2 men and 2 ladies on the pitch at anyone time) – all games are non contact and no previous experience is necessary!

So those who are fleet of foot and have those snake hips or just fancy trying something new with an odd shaped ball please let me know as it would be great to put a team in

Please show your support for this event as I know many members of Stafford RUFC are coming down over the coming days to support our Beer Festival

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Stafford 2nds win the league with a game to go!!!

After results went our way yesterday, Stafford made it 6 points out of 6 for the weekend, and an unassailable 4 point lead at the top of the table with 1 game to go.

Still 1 game left and we will look to end on a high with a win against Wolverhampton. If you have no plans and are free at 1pm, we would really welcome your support 🙂

Thanks

Result – Stafford 2nds – 6, Redditch 2nds – 2

The second team bandwagon moved on with an efficient performance from a very determined Stafford team, who knew that a win today would set up next week’s crunch game with Stone.

Stafford dominated the first half and could easily have had more than their 3-2 lead at half time – redditch indebted to their gk who produced a number of saves to keep the likes of Howe and Sunderland at bay.

Fortunately he was powerless to stop Jack Ball.

As the second half wore on Stafford started to put their chances away as our opponents tired, and the final score line of 6-2 did not flatter us – but I would be a little biased.

Stafford go into next week’s game knowing that a win will almost ensure promotion. If other results go our way today, promotion can be sealed next weekend – let’s hope Telford got a win today.

For such a big game against our local rivals it would be great to get as much support as we can – we will be starting at 2:30 in stone, so if you can come down after any games (or before) it would be great!!!

Scorers – J. Ball – 3, C. Sunderland – 1, C. Bishop – 1, OG – 1

MOTM – J. Ball
DOTD – E. Glennon