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Clean sweep against Perse for senior hockey

 hockey vs perseThe first round of fixtures for Stamford School’s senior hockey teams took place on the 11th January versus The Perse School, Cambridge.

The 1stXI, after a successful pre-season tournament at Worksop and comprehensive cup win versus Hills Road 6th Form College midweek, travelled to The Perse School, full of confidence. Stamford made early inroads, regularly harassing and forcing errors from The Perse backline. This pressure took its toll and Stamford soon found themselves 2-0 up, through Jamie Richardson and captain, Joe Chedd.

Stamford were then guility of taking their foot off the gas and allowed The Perse to bring the game back to honours even at half-time. Resolute defending from Oliver Huxley and Dan Adams, allowed Stamford to reassert themselves in the early periods of the second half. Gradually, Stamford took control of this match through the vision and distribution of Tom Davies coupled with the guile and tenacity of Will Adams. 4 well worked second-half goals allowed the visitors to come away with all 3 points. Jamie Richardson completed his hat-trick.

The 2nd XI, with a strong squad, hosted The Perse School. With the game clustered around either team’s 25 yard line in the early periods; it was Stamford that made the first breakthrough. Michael McLoughlin latched onto a through-ball from Harrison Ginn, dinking past the last defender and rounding the goalkeeper to provide the hosts with a 1-0 advantage at half-time.

After half-time, Perse 2ndXI began to creep into the game and created a few chances of their own. It was from a Stamford short corner that the Perse School equalised down the left-hand side, in what was a well-constructed counter attack. Stamford, the dominant team for the majority of the game, through industrious running and good distribution by Tom Day and Edward Whattoff, began to take a stranglehold of the game. Forceful running by Will Ceraldi created space in the centre of the D for David Rudd-Jones to slot home – under the keeper – to win the game for Stamford 2-1.

The 3rd XI charges under the watchful eye of coach, Mr.Headley were the, ‘force majeure,’ of the day – winning comfortably 5-0 against The Perse 3rdXI. Strong running and quick ball transition in midfield and defence allowed forward Harry Lovell to grab a first half hat-trick. James Pirie and Sam Barnett scored for the hosts in the second half.