Hockey Teams Make Flying Start to New Term
Stamford School’s Hockey teams made an excellent start to the new term this past weekend as five of the six teams which competed against Gresham’s School emerged victorious.
After a solid start to training and a good game versus the Old Stamfordians, the men’s first team took on Gresham’s School firsts in their opening fixture of the term. After a good start and a fantastic goal from Arthur Franklin, Stamford’s standards dropped allowing Gresham’s back into the game and a deflected shot made the score 1-1 at half time. Learning from preseason the team recognised a change of plan was needed and implemented this superbly. An excellent second half performance then followed, a hat-trick from Man of the Match Arthur Franklin and further goals from Laurence Sidwell and Will Leech completed the final 5-1 score line.
The result came after the team enjoyed a successful pre-season tournament earlier this month in Cardiff, a tournament hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The newly formed team were pitted against schools from throughout the UK. A slow start versus Christ Church Brecon saw the team’s first game end in a 2-2 draw. However, a comprehensive 2-0 win versus Stowe School meant that they finished the day on top of the group. Their form continued in to day two, winning comfortably versus Pangbourne School 4-0.
After topping the group the first team was ranked first and were given the opportunity to play Stowe School in the competitions final. The final was a tetchy affair with Stowe starting on the front foot and taking the lead. It took a late goal from Laurence Sidwell to level the game in the closing minutes. However the winners were not to be Stamford, losing out to Stowe on penalty shuffles.
In the other results versus Gresham’s School, the 2nd team drew 2–2 thanks to a last minute goal from Harry Barnett. The under 16A’s won 2-0, the under 16B’s won 5–1 and the under 15A and 15B teams won 6-1 and 17–1 respectively.
Head of Hockey at Stamford School, Jack Cropper, said; “The boys all competed well and the squad will look to move forward into the season with much confidence, starting next week with a tough test against Felsted School.”