Stone 2 – 2 Stafford
Glennon Ladies Get the Points
Stafford ladies 4th team were in search of their first points of the season when they visited Stone 3rd XI this weekend. Having struggled with the level of hockey in their new division, promoted Stafford have kept up their spirits and the fight for a win.
They conceded a very quick goal within the first two minutes when Stone launched a sudden attack taking the Stafford defence by surprise. Not beaten though the team continued to counter-attack but were unable to even the score in the first half. A slight rearrangement of the team saw youngster Shannon Hendy moved from the back to midfield which injected the much needed energy allowing her to link up with Faith Glennon on the right to create some lovely attacking moves which eventually resulted in a well-worked goal for Glennon.
Stafford were elated when three minutes later they went ahead with a goal from mother Denise Glennon whose perseverance saw her efforts trickle over the line much to the surprise of the otherwise alert Stone keeper. However, the three points were not in the bag as stone immediately countered with another quick goal bringing the final scoreline to 2 all, which was probably a fair reflection of the game.
Mary Moss (65) stepped into goal when no others were around and gave a good account of herself making several saves to keep her team in the game, earning herself the man of the match award.
Stafford 1 – 3 Tamworth
Stafford faced a strong Tamworth team at home on Saturday and while the game was evenly matched they finished the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline.
Stafford opened the scoring with a well worked goal up the right with Donna Thurgarland supplying a fast ball for Sam Bevington to run on to and slot the ball into the corner.
Tamworth came back 10 minutes later, with Stafford’s midfield stranded up the pitch the defence faced a 4 on 2 situation and were not able to keep Tamworth out.
The visitors came out strongly after the break scoring against the run of play to go 2-1 up and finished the game with a late goal after being awarded a penalty corner. Hilary Glaister excelled as a stand in goal keeper and youngster Sophie Greenhall again was impressive in midfield.
Stafford 0 – 5 WATS
Recently promoted Stafford Ladies IV team found the going tough in their new higher division going down 5 – 0 to an experienced Wolves & Tettenhall team (WATS) at Beacon Park.
WATS opened the scoring quickly before the Stafford defence had settled and put in three more in the first half to lead 4-0 at the break.
After some reorganisation at half time Stafford had more of the attacking playing, only conceding one further goal.
Sophie Greenall excelled in her debut for Stafford, with excellent support provided in midfield by another new player Vicky Campbell.
Stafford 3 – 0 Lichfield
Todays match saw Stafford Ladies 4th team take on Lichfield for the battle to sit top of the division.
The match started well with Stafford taking control of the play, holding the possession and challenging the Lichfield defence. Lichfield made attempts to fight back with almost every attempt being thwarted by the strong midfield and defensive presence. Throughout the first 15 minutes of the match strong attacks were made on the goal, however all were drifting wide until a strong pass from Kate Bartels in defence found Jess Twigg out on the right wing where she ran the ball into the circle around two of the Lichfield defence and struck the ball with force to take Stafford 1-0 up.
The second goal for Stafford was not long awaited as another sharp ball out of defence by Helena Wood to Poll Brazier in Midfield found Lichfield struggling to get back. Brazier made a sharp cross into the circle where Michelle Wolfe was ready to sweep the ball into the goal for a 2-0 lead taking the game to half time.
The second half saw Stafford come out strong with an expectation that Lichfield would change things up and come back fighting, this was not the case. Stafford stayed strong playing to their strengths whilst moving the ball around the pitch with ease using the time and space available to their advantage.
A penalty corner was given to Stafford for a Lichfield foot in the circle, Stafford made a quick injection to the top of the circle were Donna Thurgarland struck the ball heavily to the left hand post. The Lichfield keeper managed to get down to the corner making the save however Bev Leng was ready to draw the ball back to the top of the circle finding Michelle Wolfe again who slipped the ball past the Lichfield defence to take the score to 3-0 and her second for the game.
Lichfield made a late attempt on the Stafford goal winning a penalty corner that was cleared directly from the circle by Wood to the Midfield as the final whistle blew. This Victory sees the 4ths move to top of the division with Lichfield moving into second.
Bloxwich 4 – 1 Stafford
Stafford took early control of the game and dominated the possession during the first half of the match, passing the ball freely amongst the players and attacking Bloxwich heavily in their own circle. After a number of shots on goal Dora Adams picked up a deflection close to the goal line pushing the ball over the line to take Stafford 1 goal up. The second goal was not far behind as Bev Leng received a great pass from Helena Wood in defence, Leng confidently beating three players struck the ball from the top of the circle to extend Stafford’s lead to 2-0.
Bloxwich started to come back making some strong runs down both wings, however all efforts were thwarted by strong tackles in defence winning the ball back for Stafford. Lisa Cooke took advantage of many of these balls running them down the right wing and crossing into the circle, one of which forced the ball into the circle and across the goal mouth where Julie Hackett was waiting to sweep the ball into the goal to push Stafford even further ahead taking the game to half time.
Bloxwich changed the play up a little for the second half gaining a few attempts on goal within the first couple of minutes and from a short corner they pulled 1 back to bring the score line to 3-1. Stafford were not fazed by this and stepped up their play to move the ball around and continually challenge for another goal, one attack finding a Bloxwich foot in the circle resulting in a short corner for Stafford. Donna Thurgarland received the ball at the top of the circle and before the defence could run out she smashed the ball into the left hand corner of the goal.
Stafford continued to hold the play and make many more attempts on goal during the second half however the Bloxwich defence stayed strong to keep the score to a 4-1 victory for Stafford with Lisa Cooke gaining player of the match from both teams. This sees Stafford move into 2nd in the league just behind Lichfield.