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Disappointing draw for Stafford HC

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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STAFFORD HCfirsts ended the first half of the West Midlands One season with a somewhat disappointing 2-2 draw away at lowly Kidderminster.

A well taken early goal gave Stafford the perfect start. James Gillingham was on target, the ball having been played out wide to John Peatfield whose cross was played beautifully into the path of Gillingham

His first touch of the game was to deflect it through the goalkeeper’s legs for the lead. Unfortunately for Stafford they could not go on a take control of the game.

Kidderminster gradually brought themselves into the game and were able to equalise after a defensive mix up saw the Kidderminster forward have a free shot.

Stafford keeper Brad Evans pulled off a great save but the visitors could not clear the rebound and the ball was forced home. Kidderminster then took the lead with another sloppy goal.

The ball deflected behind the Stafford defence and when a Kidderminster player was not picked up he was able to slot the ball home.  

Stafford did win a couple of penalty corners but were unable to make them count and trailed at the break.

After half-time, Stafford upped the tempo but Kidderminster just put 11 players behind the ball.

Stafford were struggling to break down the barriers until Dan Howe pounced on a loose ball to level the game.  

After that, with Stafford enjoying all the pressure, the visitors went closest to scoring when John Peatfied, pushed the ball onto a post.  

On the final whistle Stafford felt they had dropped two points. They are currently occupying a mid-table spot going into the festive break, their next fixture being away to third place Kingswinford on January 12.

On the opening day of the season Stafford went down 3-2 at home to the West Midland side and will be hoping to improve their consistency in the second half.

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