AFTER their opening day disappointment Stafford LHC firsts were looking to bounce back at home to Bloxwich this week.
But in the end it was a second successive defeat for Stafford, who went down 4-0, all the goals coming in the first period.
Bloxwich immediately put the Stafford defence under pressure, but quick thinking and slick transfers around the back saw Stafford driving the ball down the right, leading to the first penalty corner. However the Stafford effort just missed the goal target.
The visitors broke quickly down the middle and were clinical in their finish and took the lead. Spurred on by the goal, Bloxwich caught Stafford on the back foot and with a few of the regular Stafford defenders out injured, the visitors took advantage at penalty corners to go into half time 4-0 up.
Stafford were far stronger after the break and enjoyed more time on the ball and began to enjoy more of the possession.
This led to several chances and a number of penalty corners but similar to last week, the composure was not there in front of goal.
After an incident of dangerous play in which the Stafford captain Fiona Riley took a ball to the face, further changes were needed at the back and Sarah Thompson stepped in to deliver a solid performance out of position,
Despite the efforts of player of the match Tammy Davis, who dominated in the midfield, Stafford were unable to find a way through.
Encouraged by a much improved performance in the second half, Stafford firsts anticipate a keenly contested match this Saturday as they take on their own second team.