Staveley 2nds vs Matlock 4ths – 15th November

After a wetter than wet match last Saturday, we were hopeful for a drier pushback this week; no chance.

After a sharp warm up and the usual banter, StavStaveley 2nds, 15th November 2014eley headed out for what was promising to be a tasty fixture against local rivals Matlock.

Staveley were on the offensive straight away, with some great moves and passing out on the wing, Jen and Catherine powered through the Matlock defense time and again. Some quick switching by Sam back over to the left meant there was no letup for Matlock’s back four. They were definitely shaken by the new look Staveley 2nd team.

Despite this, and against the run of play, Matlock broke through and somehow scored, leaving us all a bit baffled and pretty p155ed off!

No fear though, a fantastic cross from Catherine led to a volleyed wonder goal from Niamh. Cracking stick work and £5 in the back pocket for Ms. Hardwick.

1-1 less than 15 minutes in.

From that point on, it’s safe to say Staveley dominated the play, raining attack after attack down on Matlock. Despite the numerous short corners and quick strikes on goal, Staveley went off at half time, yet to take the lead.

After some great talk from Captain Kara and returnee Maggie, plus some jelly babies from Jo, Staveley got back onside knowing the game was theirs for the taking.

Staveley continued to dominate, giving very little away to a flustered Matlock, but just couldn’t convert in the D.

Among many chances. Fran missed a sitter and Kara had a great strike that slid just past the post whilst Matlock threw defenders into the circle to keep us from scoring.

After warnings from umpires, players falling on each other and an exhilarating and frustrating 70 minutes of hockey, we had to settle for a draw. But it was an all round fantastic performance for Staveley 2nds and a great sign of things to come. Well done everyone, we should all be really proud.

Special mention to our defenders who were pretty much impenetrable today and who led the charge on almost every attacking stint. Well done peeps.

1-1 the final score. This week’s Man of the Match; Sam Dean.

Want to order new kit…?

The cutoff date to order kit so you can receive it by October is NEXT Wednesday, 27th August.

Grace has also been working with SilverFX to design a gilet, some shorts and a base layer, all of which will be available to order online very soon.

Ordering kit?

Don’t forget you can save yourself the postage by getting your stuff sent to Grace’s and she’ll let you know once everything’s arrived.

Red touring shirts

Quite a few of these have run in the wash (and turned pink!) so Grace has got SilverFX to agree to replace these, FOR FREE!!

If you’ve got one, give your red shirt back to Grace and she’ll sort out the exchange.

Well done and HUGE thanks to Grace who continues to do a great job in sorting out our kit and in working with SilverFX to get new kit. Thanks Grace!

Not long till the new season, see you all very soon!!

Staveley 2nds Plate Matchvs Belper 4ths

Belper 4ths 3 – 1 Staveley 2s

After a long Christmas break, it took a little time to settle in and get used to a very different pitch, although it’s good for it not to be frozen! Good defending throughout and a quick break caught staveley off guard and Belper went 1-0 up. A sneaky substitution unfortunately led to a second just before the break.

After a stern talk at half time Staveley came out fighting and ready to attack. A fantastic strike from Sam from the second consecutive short corner made it 2-1. Staveley continue to attack and we’re close to an equaliser, when again unfortunately we were caught on the break.

Fantastic performance all round, but the man of the match deservingly went to Sam.