Another Victory for 1st XI Hockey
Looking to maintain their unbeaten start to 2014, Stamford School’s 1st XI hockey team travelled to Warwick School last weekend. It was the visitors that took the initiative to Warwick in the early stages of this match through both a high press and energetic running down the right flank by Arthur Franklin. Stamford were rewarded, through this pressure, with a short corner midway through the first half won by Arthur Franklin. The well worked short corner beating the on rushing Warwick defence allowed for frontman, Jamie Richardson to slot home for Stamford. Stamford soon doubled their advantage, with Will Adams scoring, to take them into the half time break.
The pause in proceedings did not seem to affect Stamford’s flow at the start of the second half, constant pressure from the visitors meant that Warwick struggled to get any stranglehold in the game. Stamford made it 3 through a well worked goal involving Tom MacDonald and Arthur Franklin down the right, allowing Jamie Richardson to grab a brace with a upright backhand shot which caught the Warwick goalkeeper by surprise. Warwick hit straight back, with a goal of their own – however it turned out to be only a consolation. Final score 3-1.
Stamford, in the succeeding play were guilty of spurning chances and should have really have scored more for the amount of possession they had. This will be the key when Stamford travel to Langley Park School in south London for the second round of the School’s Hockey Association Under 18s cup today. Stamford earned their right of passage through thrashing Hills Road Sixth Form College 12-0 in the first round.