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.

1st XI 07/10/17 v Warwick

Stafford 3 – 2 Warwick

Stafford faced Warwick this weekend and right from the start of the game Warwick showed Stafford exactly what they would have to face this season in the Midlands league.

Stafford had to absorb a lot of pressure from a very good Warwick team but Stafford held strong at the back and were able to break down opportunity after opportunity created by the away side.

Stafford didn’t take it sitting down either and fought back. Several breaks down the wings created great opportunities for Stafford to take the lead however the Warwick keeper pulled off some fine saves to keep them in the game. The first half finished 0-0.

After an end to end first half both teams picked up the pace. Warwick quickly changed the game with the first goal of the match catching Stafford on break. A second soon followed. A miss communication between the defence and the GK let a tame shot through on the back post to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Stafford kept their heads up and continued to apply pressure moving forward. Tori Hamplett and Katie Gallagher worked the ball out to the wing before crossing to Stacey Fenton in the circle. Her first shot was saved however Fenton was quick on the rebound hitting the ball past the Warwick keeper.

Stafford’s confidence grew after the goal and it wasn’t long before Emma Clay pounced on an opportunity to score the equaliser.

With 10 minutes left to play and the game still running end to end Stafford took advantage of their pace on the break. The speed of the forwards created space in the circle for the shot, Alex Hemming on the back post slapped the ball home for a 3-2 lead.

The final moments saw Warwick increase the pressure on the Stafford defence as they searched for a late equaliser. Alanah Spilsbury the Stafford keeper made one of the last touches of the game clearing the ball off the side line.

Stafford’s determination saw them secure a fantastic win, and a brilliant come back against a sporting side

2nd XI 07/10/17 v Phoenix Blues

Phoenix Blues 3 – 3 Stafford

During the first half both teams had a number of attempts on goal to no prevail. Amanda Trotter, Jo Lovatt, and Amy Bailey all had shots on target well saved by the keeper.

The Stafford defence also had their work cut out as Phoenix put on the pressure,  Isha Ball taking a ball to the head like a hero. They continued to work hard to keep the score 0-0 after Phoenix were awarded three penalty corners in a row just before half time.

The second half was where all the action happened. Once again Phoenix were awarded a penalty corner which was brilliantly saved by goal keeper Aileen Shiner. As play continued Phoenix managed to get a break and scored the first goal of the match leaving Stafford 1-0 down.

Stafford came back strong winning two penalty corners however the home side keeper kept the Stafford shots at bay.

During a period where a Stafford player had been awarded a green card leaving them a player down for 2 minutes, Phoenix took advantage with another strike from a penalty corner.

With 15 minutes left of the match Stafford had their work cut out to try and bring this back. With some lovely play down the right wing Amy Mitchell managed to get a shot off at the top of the circle and score Stafford’s first goal making the score 1-2.

Throughout the rest of the game both teams created a number of opportunities, Phoenix even having a strike hit the post.

Stafford got back into the game thanks to a quick attack, Aoife Dillan scoring with a cracking equaliser from the top of the circle and it was Dillan again who managed to put Stafford ahead with another solid strike sending Stafford into a 3-2 lead.

Stafford worked hard to maintain their lead but in the last 2 minutes Phoenix had a run on penalty corners with the fourth time proving lucky as the ball trickled over the goal line despite the defence and goal keeper’s best efforts. A 3-3 equaliser 5 seconds before the final whistle.

3rd XI 07/10/17 v Bloxwich

Bloxwich 5 – 0 Stafford

Stafford ladies 3s took on Bloxwich away, in what was a hard fought battle to get some points on the board.

Straight from the start of the match Stafford found themselves under heavy attack from Bloxwich, with the play remaining in the Stafford defensive half. A number of attacks found Stafford 1-0 down in the first few minutes of the match. Stafford attempted to break through the Bloxwich defence with a couple of attacks making it into the Bloxwich circle, but all were unfortunately well cleared by the Bloxwich defence.

Stafford continued to battle hard keeping up a high output in an attempt to push hard and take control of the play, however Stafford found themselves 3-0 down at half time.

The second half started much the same as the first half ended, with Bloxwich attacking heavily. Within a few minutes Stafford settled, making some lovely linking play up the wings and into the Bloxwich circle. The Stafford forwards making shots on goal that were all saved by the Bloxwich Keeper.

Play continued to be hard going for Stafford as Bloxwich score 2 further goals taking the score to 5-0.

The Stafford team fought hard all the way to the final whistle narrowly missing the Bloxwich goal just before the final whistle.

The score may have been in Bloxwich’s favour, however 5-0 was not reflective of the tremendous team effort from all of the Stafford team. Jess Twigg was voted player of the Match by the opposition, Ali Nagata and Evie Williams receiving the Stafford vote.