Huge shout out to our U12s who worked extremely hard as a team against some tough opposition this afternoon.

We played against Bridgnorth Hockey Club and Telford & Wrekin Hockey Club and unfortunately lost both games, but continued to display excellent sportsmanship throughout.

⭐️⭐️⭐️Well done to Lizzie Hammond on winning our player of the tournament! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Paul Roscoe & Co Accountants for the sponsorship 🏑

1st XI 28/10/17 v Bournville

Stafford 5 – 0 Bournville

This week Stafford ladies played Bournville at home.

Stafford had a solid start. Katie Gallagher started one of Stafford’s first attack. Gallagher picked up the ball from centre on the field before playing in forward into space for Emma Clay. Clay calming entered into circle and scored the first goal of the game.

Helen Paling’s quick thinking proved success for the second goal. Paling released a quick ball from the Stafford defence onto Stacey Fenton’s stick who cleared the defence and took the ball around the keeper and hit the ball home.

Stafford maintained their pace. Pressure from Amy Mitchell gave Emily Trotter an opportunity for a quick ball down the wing playing the ball into the circle. Alex Hemmings took the shot but narrowly missed.

Bournville didn’t sit back and an attack led to them being awarded a penalty corner. The Bournville strike was saved and cleared by Stafford keeper Alanah Spilsbury.

Stafford turned the Bournville attack into a Stafford break. Clay picked the ball up from halfway, passing the defence into the circle before striking the ball past the keeper.
The first half ended 3-0

Stafford started the second half with just as much determination at the first. Great work between Mitchell and Trotter caused Bournville problems down the wing. Trotter used her pace to beat the defence crossing the ball into the circle to Fenton whos shot was saved. Stafford didn’t give in. Mitchell laid off the rebound to Mallaband who shot was just wide.

Emily Trotter intercepted a Bournville defensive free hit before driving the ball forward across the goal mouth. Hemmings dive on the back post just missed the ball.

The game more end to end now gave Bournville an opportunity at goal however, Spilsbury kept a clean sheet making multiple saves.

Stafford was quick to respond and made a break. Clay and Mitchell linked up on the wing who played into Hemmings whos shot found the back of the goal.

With minutes to play, Mallaband played the ball into Clay in the circle who took a reverse stick shot, completing her hattrick and ending the game 5-0.

1st XI 21/10/17 v North Staffs

North Staffs 1 – 0 Stafford

Stafford ladies played away against North Staffs this week.

It was an end to end game from the start. Both sides having to absorb pressure from the attacks.

A number of opportunities came from both sides however the keepers kept the score level. North Staffs hadn’t won a game this season so their determination was hard to control. A slow Stafford opened up an opportunity for North Staffs who pounced on the opportunity to score the first goal of the game. The first half finished 1-0.

The second half was much and same and Stafford had a number of opportunities from penalty corners.The North Staffs keeper kept them in the game making save after save. The Stafford side didn’t give up and Emily Trotter narrowly missed in the final minutes of the game. The game ended 1-0. A disappointing result for Stafford.

3rd XI 21/10/17 v WATS

Stafford 0 – 2 WATS

In Stafford’s first home game of the season, they took on Wolverhampton / Tettenhall third team.

The match got underway with Stafford on the back foot after an early goal from the opposition breaking just short of the halfway line, leaving the Stafford defence short of players to cover. The opposition played some confident 1-2’s past the defence to score from the top of the circle. From this point forward in the first half Stafford to control of the game, holding the play keeping playing in their attacking 23. Stafford were pushing hard and forced a number of short and long corners of which all pushed wide of the goal or saved and well cleared by the oppositions GK. This is how the scored remained until halftime.

The second half got underway in the same fashion that the first half had ended. The quality of play by all was displayed through some faultless passing down the wings and again into the attacking circle. The Stafford team were passing the ball around the edge of the circle to get off some good shots that were all falling short of the goal. Stafford continued to control the play until the opposition made a strong attack in the final two minutes of the game, forcing the ball around the defence to a player right in front of the goal that swept the ball away to make the score 2-0 at the final whistle.

The scoreline was not reflective of a solid performance by the whole Stafford team. Mel Varga was awarded man of the match.

4th XI 21/10/17 v Stone

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.