Richardson nets hat-trick in Stamford School victory

Stamford Endowed School 1st XI midfielder Laurence Sidwell on the ball versus The Perse School
Stamford Endowed School 1st XI midfielder Laurence Sidwell on the ball versus The Perse School

Stamford School’s senior hockey team won against The Perse School in the opening round of league fixtures.

The 1st XI, after a comprehensive cup win over Hills Road 6th Form College midweek, travelled confidently to The Perse School.

Stamford made early inroads, regularly harassing and forcing errors from The Perse backline.

The pressure took its toll and Stamford soon found themselves 2-0 up, through Jamie Richardson and captain Joe Chedd.

Stamford were then guilty 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 the match through the vision and distribution of Tom Davies coupled with the guile and tenacity of Will Adams.

Four well worked second-half goals allowed the visitors to come away with all three points. Jamie Richardson completed his hat-trick.

The 2nd XI, with a strong squad, hosted The Perse School and made the 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 seconds began to creep into the game and created a few chances of their own, equalising from a counter attack.

Stamford, through industrious running and good distribution by Tom Day and Edward Whattoff, began to take a stranglehold of the game and in the dying moments, 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 2-1.

The 3rd XI were the ‘force majeure’ of the day – winning comfortably 5-0 against The Perse 3rdXI.

Forward Harry Lovell grabbed a first half hat-trick and James Pirie and Sam Barnett scored.