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FC Stafford crush the opposition in thrilling 8-1

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

By Dave McLean

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FC Stafford 8 Wyrley reserves 1

FC STAFFORD continued their climb up the West Midlands Two table with an 8-1 crushing of Wyrley reserves.

The Rowley Park club made it 13 goals in their last two games, following the previous week’s 5-1 victory overWorcester Raiders.

Jake Robinson was able to recall Matt Rhodes to the starting line-up after serving his suspension to replace the absent Dave Wilcock.

Stafford dominated the opening minutes and it took them just six minutes to open their account.

Left midfielder Thomas Duffy was the player on target when he cut in and drilled his shot past a helpless keeper.

Two minutes later it was Rhodes who converted from the spot after Thomas Lane latched onto Will Hollowood's pass, just ahead of the Wyrley keeper, only to be brought down by the visitor’s last line of defence.

With 13 minutes gone the game was falling away from Wyrley when Rhodes’ free kick was headed into the Wyrley goal by one of their own defenders.

Stafford continued to dominate and it was Rhodes, with a sumptuous 45-yard pass, who picked out the on-rushing Duffy who slid the ball passed the Wyrley goalkeeper. Rhodes almost extended the lead after a well worked free-kick with Tom Jolley flew narrowly over, with the goalkeeper stranded.

Wyrley started forcing their way back into the game from this point and in a spell which saw them strike the post and dominate the possession, an excellent strike from 25 yards beat home keeper Steve McCabe.

Stafford kept on pressing and when Jolley linked with Charlie Marshall it was Duffy's one touch finish that floated into the top corner.

The home side continued to press and following the introductions of Ben Bloor and Martyn Wheeler they continued to threaten.

Yet again, Duffy struck, bagging his fourth when nodding home another Rhodes free kick.

Andy Willacy got on the scoresheet shortly after when Hollowood's cross evaded everybody and the former made no mistake.

Duffy rounded off the scoring when Warren Slater's pass found Bloor who unselfishly squared the ball, after drawing the goalkeeper, for Duffy to slide home and make it five on the individual front.

Stafford take a week off this Saturday before hosting Worcester Raiders on December 14.

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