Mixed Plate competition 2/5/10

Stevenage put up a "spirited display", as supporter John Mould put it, against a very strong Bedford opposition in the quarter finals of the HA Mixed Plate competition.  By half time, Bedford had netted three goals, the first a quickly struck ball which 'keeper Tim Dingley had no chance of seeing.

The second half saw both teams up the pace, with mazey runs from Mike Oliver, strong attacks from Caz Ayles and Lucy Harvey and great support play from the midfield of Carly Seaton and Graham Swinyard.  Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to stop Bedford scoring again, despite some excellent saves from Dingley.  This was the catalyst needed to spur Stevenage to greater efforts.  A great run from Oliver ended with a rebound off the far post, which Mark Risley latched onto with aplomb.  This just incensed the Bedford side, who went on to score another couple of goals.

Stevenage chose this time to score again.  Oliver went on one of his dribbling runs into the D, so the Bedford player decided to chop him.  Short Corner.  Up stepped the power house of Harvey to smash the ball over the prone goalkeeper, but below the top of the backboard, much to the chagrine of one of the Bedford defense.  Back to the centre spot and Bedford decided to up the pressure again. Another couple of goals against, then the moment of the match.  Dingley had an easy clearance ahead of him with a ball trickling towards the goal.  Big swing, slight nick, ball travelled slowly over the goal line.  Bedford wrapped it up at 10-2 with one more goal.  Stevenage are out of the mixed competition for another year.


Danny the Pirate says:

"We lost 7-1 to ipswich but everybody played well so we are in the plate now which hpefully will be easier!!  Gary Brown scored our goal but Claire young and Caz had good chances which were well saved! Adam Spicer and Mark Risley played well as did Jude and Holly - me and Digger were the old boys with James!!

Tim made some good saves and Carly played well too!!

All in all the score doesnt show how well we played but was great fun and played in right spirit!"

 Danny was wrong - it was "only" 6 - 1 


The Quiz Night was a triumph for the (Blaxills of) Dakota Team who assembled a squad of great numbers with an extensive knowledge of rabbits and tv programmes to defeat all comers. In case anyone thought they were after cash gain, we can assure you all of the prize money is winging it's way to Haiti right now [our picture shows Tricia Wharton, scribe and brains for Dakota, with the money won for the earthquake appeal].

And it was also a triumph for Maz and her team of Mexican food servers who did as promised, feeding the bumper attendance well Mexican style.

2009-10 mid-term report

With matches on Saturday 19 December wiped out by snow and a mid-winter break from league action it's a good time for a half-term report.

M1 started the season at an incredible pace not only winning the first six games but doing so handsomely with Danny Blackburn in memorable goal scoring form. A draw at Letchworth in Week 7 looked like a minor set-back as John Mould's boys hit 12 goals the following week, but 3 games without a win have seen them drop to 3rd in the table - 10 points behind the leaders - and glad of the break to regroup for a promotion push.

The youthful M2 team also started well under James Hamilton but a run of tough fixtures saw them concede 30 goals in 4 games against the top 4 sides and they settle for a mid term 6th out of 12 in their division with the highest goals against tally, and grateful for a clean sheet against the bottom side to close their first half. Andy Blaxill's short corners have been their main source of goals.

A great half for the golden oldies in M3. Aiming for a second successive promotion under Nick Russell they head the league by two points having scored more goals than any other side, mainly thanks to the power of Seb Rose and the poaching of Harp Mann.

A respectable half for M4 under new skipper Simon Russell standing 6th out of 12 teams and able to introduce a few very young players into a team with a solid backbone. The win at second placed Hertford was the highlight of the first half. Ian Brown is still regularly hitting the backboards.

M5 and M6 are in the same division and neither is setting it alight. Martin Elliott's M5 are one point ahead and two places (6th out of 10) ahead of Tony Farnan's M6 who have a game in hand. Both teams have played with a lot of spirit in games which have proved a good introduction to the club for new players, typified by the highly entertaining game between them won by the senior team by the odd goal in three.

Jenny Harding's L1 have not found this season easy after relegation last term, but have consistently stuck to their task and worked hard as well as showing signs of improvement since Digger Graves started to influence match days from the sidelines. They stand 8th out of 12 after a good point at Havering last week.

L2 have never let the top four in their division get too far ahead, Jan Gibson's side having won 4 and drawn 3 of 10 games at the half way stage, but look as though they have some work to do to catch them.

L3 won their first three games scoring 4 on each occassion, but have managed only two goals and no wins since then. Injuries have hit Clare Breen's team who badly need to recapture their early season form to improve on a league standing of 7th out of 10.

L4 are also struggling near the foot of the table (8th out of 10) and Nat Leach is hoping that their last game before the break - an excellent win at West Herts but only their second victory of the season - will prove the turning point for her team.

L5 are moving in the right direction under Mariel Adayeye and with plenty of hard work on and off the pitch have hauled themselves from the foot of the table and now stand in 5th place

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