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Report of game played on Wednesday 3rd August 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 6 Shrewsbury

Report of game played on Tuesday 26th July 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Telford Kingpins 10 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ravi Johal (2), Taz Chowdhury, Daman Johal, Cole Hickman

Report of game played on Tuesday 19th July 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Aldersley Wolves 3 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Cole Hickman (2), Ravi Johal

Report of game played on Wednesday 13th July 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 6 Ludlow South
Goal Scorer: Cole Hickman

Report of game on Saturday 9th July 2011

U18 (Match cancelled)
Kingswinford v Old Halesonians

Report of game played on Wednesday 6th July 2011

Kingswinford (Blues) 4 - 3 Kingswinford (Whites)

Report of games played on Wednesday 29th June 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Bridgnorth 8 -1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Cole Hickman

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 0 Finchfield
Goal Scorer: Josh Hart

Badgers Tournament Saturday 25th June
Final Positions:
1. Wednesbury
2. West Bromwich
3. Old Halesonians
4. Wolverhampton
5. Streetly
6. Kingswinford
7. Old Wulfrunians
8. Barford Tigers

Report of game played on Tuesday 21st June 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Shrewsbury 10 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of game played on Wednesday 15th June 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 10 - 1 Telford Kingpins
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal (5), Cole Hickman (2), Ed Parkes (2), Tim Sanders

Report of game played on Wednesday 8th June 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 2 - 7 Aldersley Wolves
Goal scorer: Chris Rawlings (2)

Report of game played on Wednesday 1st June 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 5 - 7 Punjab Students
Goal scorers:

Report of game played on Wednesday 25th May 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Ludlow South 8 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Ravi Johal

Report of game played on Wednesday 18th May 2011

S/L (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 8 Bridgnorth
Goal scorers: Cole Hickman, Daman Johal, Ravi Johal

Report of game played on Wednesday 11th May 2011

S/L Friendly (Match Report by Wasim Iqbal)
Kingswinford 2 - 9 Wolverhampton Khalsa
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal, Cole Hickman

A fine evening with sunshine and a breeze marked the start of Summer Fixtures for K'ford HC. New elected Captain Tim Sanders put out a mixed squad for this warm-up match before the League begins next week. As in previous years Khalsa have a number of senior k’ford players playing for them this summer (by invitation). The match started at a frantic pace with goal mouth action from both teams. With K'ford hitting the post, the ball rebounded to Khalsa's Billy Jawanda who played a brilliant 40 yard pass to open the k’ford defence. The Khalsa winger touched home the ball to make it 1-0. The next 20 minutes saw sloppy defending and poor clearances from K'ford players. Khalsa took advantage scoring 6 goals. The second half was a bit more evenly matched with Julian Turner’s introduction. Cole Hickman scored an amazing reverse stick goal. However Khalsa Wolves upped the pressure and added 3 more goals including a sublime finish by Surjit Takhar. Chris Rawlings commented "We are hoping to give as many k'ford players a chance of enjoying summer hockey. However, we expect players to give 100% on the pitch. Today was good experience for us and at least we can say most of the gaols scored against us were by our own winter players".
Man of Match Julian Turner.

Report of game played on Saturday 7th May 2011

1st/2nd/3rd Team (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 5 - 5 Surjit Nijjar's Select XI

Report of games played on Saturday 30th April 2011

1st/2nd/3rd Team (Match Report by Harry Gill)
Kingswinford 5 - 5 Vancouver Vikings (S Takhar (4), S Madahar)
Goal Scorers: Cole Hickman (2), Chris Brown (2), Adam Pritchard

Kingswinford entertained a touring Vikings team on a wonderful sunny Saturday afternoon. Kingswinford boasting a strong squad took the lead just on the stroke of half time through Cole Hickman. The Viking strikers were kept at bay by Tim Sanders and an excellent Richard Brown. However the second half saw a different story when some loose defending saw Surjit Takhar (playing for Vikings by invitation) score three brilliant goals. The Vikings winger scored the 4th goal. However, the experience of Chris Brown did not let the K'ford youngsters drop their heads and Chris scored a brace and set-up a goal for Captain Adam Pritchard. Cole Hickman added a fifth with two minutes left on the clock. However the spoils were shared as the visitors again through Takhar equalised on the stroke of full time. Adam Pritchard "This was a very good match & I believe we have learnt a lot playing against some established and skilful players. Chris & Richard Brown were excellent again today. The last two exhibition games have seen free flowing hockey without the pressure of league points. A total of 27 goals scored from both sides! I thank Surj Takhar for arranging the games and to Sandwell & Vikings for being excellent oppositions. If we carry this form into next season and with the missing players available we can have a good season".
Man of Match Chris Brown.

Badgers (No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 4 Old Halesonians

Report of game played on Saturday 23rd April 2011

1st/2nd/3rd Team (Match Report by Hari Singh)
Kingswinford 6 - 11 Sandwell
Goal Scorers: Cole Hickman (2), Chris Brown (2), Ed Parkes, Guneet Uppal

K'ford played a very strong Sandwell XI made up from various West Mids clubs. A majority of these players had played Hockey at National League level at one stage in their careers. The first half saw K'ford take a stern lesson in quick passing and movement from their illustrious opponents. K'ford were 5-0 down. A tactical talk by skipper Adam Pritchard and some encouragement by senior players Chris & Richard Brown saw K'ford start strongly in the 2nd half. K'ford pulled 4 goals back to make it 5-4. However, Sandwell upped their stride and the end result was a comfortable 11-6 win to Sandwell. The match was played at a competitive yet friendly atmosphere enjoyed by all. Man of Match Tim Sanders, great tackles to prevent further goals.

Report of games played on Saturday 16th April 2011

1st/2nd/3rd Team (Match Report by Richard Lloyd)
Barford Tigers 6 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ed Parkes, Daman Johal, Cole Hickman (2)

After beating Barford 7-6 in a pulsating fixture the week before, Kingswinford returned to Hamstead Hall School to face a very different team from the week before. With only 11 players on a swelteringly hot April afternoon, and an opposition boasting national league players, Kings always knew that the match would be a tough challenge, but played on undeterred. However, as the match got underway, Kingswinford found themselves on the front foot and dominated from the outset; they could have scored twice in the opening five minutes as they exerted a lot of pressure on a veteran Barford defence. When Ed Parkes opened the scoring Kingswinford could justifiably say they deserved to be in the lead. Barford then started to exert their influence on the game, but couldn't really create any notable chances. However, they had one player who realistically was in a different league to everyone else on the pitch; he created a goal out of nothing, effortlessly beating players, to equalise. Barford soon took the lead with an unstoppable shot, and the game threatened to run away from Kings, until Daman Johal slid the ball past the onrushing keeper to make the game level once more. Just before the interval, Barford’s one man show scored a sucker punch of a goal. After some inspiring words at half time from Captain Adam Pritchard and some wise tactical talk from Sarj Takhar, Kings went out from the break motivated and passionate, the previous week they had scored three times in five minutes after the interval. However, this week it was not meant to be, as Barford extended their lead to two goals. Despite this, the away team weren't out of it by any means, and took advantage of a counterattack, which left Barford exposed at the back. Twice Cole Hickman coolly finished in front of goal to bring the game to an exciting climax. The result was there for the taking, for whichever team could pull out all the stops. Sadly it was Barford who took the initiative; their skills, fitness and finishing prowess proved the difference, as they ran out 6-4 winners in a competitive and enjoyable fixture.
Overall it was honours even in this two game friendly series, with both teams picking up victories and 23 goals were scored in 140 minutes.

2nd Team
(No Match)

3rd Team (Match cancelled)
Kingswinford v West Bromwich 4th

Badgers (Match cancelled)
West Bromwich v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 9th April 2011

1st/2nd/3rd Team (Match Report by Hari Singh)
Barford Tigers 6 - 7 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ed Parkes (3), Cole Hickman (2), Sarj Takhar, Ravi Johal

On a very hot & sunny day in B’ham a mixed Kingswinford team visited Barford Tigers. As always, Barford fielded a strong mixed team including three 1st teamers. Barford took the lead after ten minutes. This sparked K’ford into life and K’ford took the match to Barford. Numerous chances went begging as Sam George, Cole Hickman & Ed Parkes went close. Singh then after some skill on the ball played a lovely through ball to Parkes and Ed made no mistake to make it 1-1. Couple of minutes later an exact move created the 2nd goal for K’ford and Parkes. The second half first five minutes were fantasy hockey for K’ford. Singh ran rampage against an ageing Barford defence and created chances for Ravi Johal & Cole Hickman, both of whom finished brilliantly. Barford pulled some goals back but the end result was 7-6 to K'ford. Great game to watch & be involved in.

2nd Team
(No Match)

3rd Team (No Match)

Badgers (No Match)

Report of games played on Saturday 2nd April 2011

1st Team (No Match)

2nd Team
(No Match Report yet)
Sutton Coldfield 7 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ed Parkes, Cole Hickman

3rd Team (Match Report by Ieuan Moraghan)
Kingswinford 5 - 7 Sutton Coldfield
Goal Scorers: Gavi Singh (2), Sutton Loan (2), Kuldip Randhawa

It was an entertaining friendly match enjoyed by all those involved and there was plenty of goal mouth action for both sides. Sutton fielding a very strong team, found themselves 4-0 up within ten minutes after some poor defending by K'ford. However, Kingswinford played some very neat hockey and scored 5 brilliant goals for the remainder of the match to give Sutton a competitive match. Sutton Captain summed up the afternoon "That was one of the most enjoyable friendlies I have played in a long time. Both teams played very good hockey. I congratulate K'ford on some of their stick skills it was a pleasure to watch. Also the hospitality in the club house was second to none."

Badgers (Club Match)
Kingswinford 7 - 7 Kingswinford (Bibs)

Report of games played on Saturday 26th March 2011

1st Team (Match report by Wasim Iqbal)
Droitwich 10 - 0 Kingswinford

The end of the League season finally arrived for Kingswinford 1st team. The class of 2011 consisted of 7 players all well over 50. Bearing this in mind this result was not a surprise. The team has missed 8 players from last year and this should be paid consideration when analysing the season. Sonny Matharu summed up "I would like to thank all the players who have played this season. We have fielded a full team for every match. There were some matches early on where we could have got a result. As the season progressed and our stronger players picked up injuries, we just could not compete. We have some promising youngsters coming into the first team next year. I hope these players continue to train well together and play hard".
Man of the Match: Julian Turner. Hard running despite 12 weeks out of hockey.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 2 - 4 Stafford
Goal Scorers: Guneet Uppal, Tom Reed

In their last match of the season, Kingswinford played a Stafford side who would claim promotion if they won. In what was a tightly fought and competitive fixture, it was Stafford who came out on top. The opening minutes of the engaging game were very evenly matched, with neither team really carving out a tangible opportunity on goal. Kingswinford couldn't get past the miserly Stafford defence, and the home defence were very solid against Stafford’s attackers, who are the 2nd highest scorers in the league. However, Stafford pressure led to a string of short corners, and eventually they took the lead with a well placed shot in the bottom corner that should have been kept out. Stafford's next goal left no-one with any chance, as their smoothly worked short corner routine paid dividends as the goal was knocked in from short range. Kingswinford started the second half on the front foot, and Guneet Uppal's first touch in the D fooled the keeper completely, and he bemusedly pushed the ball into an empty net to keep Kingswinford in the fixture. However, the two goal deficit was restored from yet another short corner routine from the opponents. However, Kingswinford responded immediately as Tom Reed picked the ball up on the wing and sprinted into the D. Everyone thought that he would cross the ball in, but he had the audacity to take on the shot from the most outrageous of angles. Much to everyone’s disbelief, the ball slammed home in the far corner, leaving Stafford stunned- this was surely one of the goals of the season.
At 3-2 Kingswinford were pushing hard for an equaliser, and this left them exposed at the back. James Rawlings's last gasp tackle on the Stafford forward to stop a goal scoring opportunity was met with a harsh but perhaps inevitable yellow card, yet when a Stafford player took out Tom Reed with a far worse tackle, this resulted in only a foul been given. Despite only having 10 men on the pitch, Kingswinford kept holding off Stafford, who had no real chances in open play. Unsurprisingly, when Stafford scored their fourth goal to put the match to bed, it was from another short corner routine. Tom Hickman still had time to pull off an excellent save from close range, but Kingswinford never had time to get back into the match again.
Though when the final whistle blew, it was Stafford who were celebrating, Kingswinford can look back on a season with pride and happiness. The vast majority of the team hadn't played second team hockey before this Winter, and for a new team to come together this year and play as well as they have done is truly an excellent achievement. Tom Hickman, Tom Reed, James Rawlings and Richard Lloyd all leave for the prospect of university after playing for many years at first Badgers level, then in the senior team. Captain Adam Pritchard, in his first year in charge, has led by example, giving his all to the team, and can look back on a season well done. Man of the Match: Sunny Uppal.

3rd Team
(No Match)

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Old Halesonians
Goal Scorer: Ed Martin

Report of games played on Sunday 20th March 2011

1st Team (Match conceded by Whitchurch due to shortage of players)
Kingswinford 3 - 0 Whitchurch

Report of games played on Saturday 19th March 2011

1st Team (Match report by Sonny Matharu)
Kingswinford 1 - 3 Newtown
Goal scorer: Chris Brown

K'ford had the luxury of using 2nd/3rd X1 players for this fixture. In came Lubby Ram, Jassi Bhadal, Daman Johal, Pummi Johal, Adam Pritchard & Dulla Sandhu to help. The match started with K'ford dominating. Many chances were created by Jassi Bhadal & Daman Johal and both went close to scoring. However it was Chris Brown who scored but this did not give K’ford the result the wanted as Newtown got 3 goals that won them this bottom of the table clash. Sonny Matharu commented "Apart from Sarj Takhar missing today, I had a full set of capable and experienced players but still we did not get the rub of the green. I can only hope all our bad luck is confined to this season!". Joint Man of Match Chris Brown / Sati Singh.

2nd Team (No Match)

3rd Team
((No Match)

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 5 Wednesbury

Report of games played on Saturday 12th March 2011

1st Team
Market Drayton v Kingswinford
match cancelled.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 4 - 2 Pershore
Goal scorers: Sunny Uppal (2), Sam George, Cole Hickman

Fresh off the back of a victory a week before, Kingswinford looked to move up the table, with a positive result against Pershore, a fixture that traditionally has been competitive and fiercely fought. With a full compliment of 11 players for the first time in weeks, Kingswinford had the luxury of being able to match Pershore man for man. The home team started brightly, applying a lot of pressure, but were unable to break through and really test the keeper. The away team started to get into the match after a sluggish start, yet were well held out by a resilient Kings defence. In the end, Tom Hickman had very little to do in the first half. Just before the interval, Ed Parkes's mazy run and shot was saved by the opponents’ keeper, but Sunny Uppal stepped up and slammed in the rebound, to give Kingswinford a deserved lead at half time.
Pershore came back hard in the second half, but their eagerness to attack left them exposed to the counterattack- Sunni made no mistake to score a second. By this point Kingswinford were clearly the team on top, and a deliberate foul on the line by a Pershore defender under pressure gave Kingswinford a second penalty flick in two weeks. Sunny Uppal had the chance to claim a hat-trick, but was thwarted by the away team's keeper. Kings were punished by this missed opportunity, as some lackadaisical defending was capitalised upon by Pershore to make the game 2-1. However, what could have been a difficult period of play was not the case, as Sam George reverse flicked the ball into the top corner to restore the two goal lead. Time and time again, Kingswinford repelled Pershore's attacks- James Rawlings in particular was excellent on the right wing. Although Pershore managed to score once more as Kingswinford pressed to bury the match, but again the home team immediately responded, as Cole Hickman slotted the ball past the on rushing keeper to seal the victory. Back to back victories mean that Kingswinford are now comfortably mid-table, and with one fixture left, they hope to end the season on a high.
Man of the Match: Cole Hickman and Ed Parkes for excellent work and tracking back.

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Wednesbury
Goal scorer: Jas Bhadal

We were hoping that the final League game at home would end on a more positive note which would be just reward for the hard work and effort all those involved in the 3rd team have put in this season. The players have played through their various injuries, have not let a lack of fitness over shadow their enthusiasm and commitment, and the youngsters like Ieuan and Erik have experienced the demands of 3rd team Hockey. The initial spots of rain could not dampen the anticipation of the game. The game started at a good tempo and we were literally camped in the opposition half. There was a succession of short corners which led some great scoring opportunities. One of the short corners led to a penalty corner. The penalty was well converted by Jas which I’m sure would have made his father proud. There were further chances for Jas, Ginge, Daman and Tom to score. We continued to apply pressure on our right hand side through Ginge and speedy Tom and we should have made more constructive use of our countless short corners and chances in open play. Lubby had two short corners saved off the line and Jas had an open goal opportunity from a short corner which he would have converted on another day. On a rare attack, they scored on Chris’s near post with a shot that seemed to trickle in rather than have any power. A short time later, on another attack, they scored again and took the lead much against the run of play. We were glad to see the first half finish.
Some tactical changes at half time were made with the hope that we could turn the game around. The second half promised so much and we created further chances; however, we just could not find our rhythm and the back of the net. Wednesbury, to their credit, began to control the game. However, undeterred, we continued to press and earned some short corners. However, that bit of luck just eluded us. Jas earned a yellow card for challenging an umpire’s decision and, at the same time, a Wednesbury player received first a Yellow card and then a red card for a verbal exchange with an umpire. Wednesbury created some good scoring opportunities most of which were well defended by Amo Sian and Surjit Nijjar. They focussed on possession play which began to frustrate us. The introduction of Pummi Johal was our last chance to revitalise our team. However, we just could not raise our game enough. The final score was a reflection of how our season has been, promising so much, creating lots of scoring chances, not converting enough chances, then just missing out on a promotion spot.
In terms of man of the match, there was great attacking play from both Jas and Daman and good midfield play from Ginge and Dulla. However, man of the match goes to Tom Reed whose flying runs on the right wing certainly impressed the opposition and created a number of opportunities for our players.
Finally, I would like to thank all those people who have been involved with the 3rd team for their commitment, hard work and support which has enabled us to have the season that we have had.

Badgers (Match report by Andy Webb)
West Bromwich 1 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Jordan Webb, Ethan Delves, Ed Martin

Kingswinford, without Tim Sanders, who was on international duty in Germany, performed creditably and were rewarded with a deserved victory. A reverse stick strike from Jordan Webb opened the scoring for the visitors. Ethan Delves swiftly doubled the lead with a calm conversion of a right wing cross at the back post. Ed Martin then further extended the lead with another back post goal that followed a scramble in the West Bromwich ‘D’. West Bromwich struck back with a goal late in the first half.
The second half was evenly matched with both sides making openings, but there were no further goals.
Geoff was named man-of-the-match by the West Bromwich umpires for his tireless running in midfield.

Report of games played on Saturday 5th March 2011

1st Team (Match report by Sarj Takhar)
Kingswinford 1 - 8 Tamworth
Goal scorer: Chris Brown

Kingswinford were defensively torn apart again by 3rd placed Tamworth during the second half of a fast paced game. The first half saw K'ford go into the interval 3-1 down. However, all five Kingswinford goals conceded in the 2nd half were simple mistakes across all parts of the pitch and this was disappointing. Sonny Matharu added "We are having no luck at all, the opposing teams are counter attacking very well against us and it appears when our attack breaks down, the opposition move the ball quickly downfield and this is something we can’t deal with. It was disappointing to give three cheap goals away in the first half. All players must concentrate during matches and basic ball stopping must be improved in defence, midfield and attack!".
Man of Match: Wasim Iqbal.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Market Drayton 0 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Sam George, Cole Hickman

After losing to Market Drayton at home earlier in the season, Kingswinford apprehensively travelled to Keele University to play the opposition with only 9 men. To their surprise and eternal joy, they dominated the match completely from the first minute till the last. Kingswinford were gigot organised and composed, whereas Market Drayton got more and more frustrated as the game progressed. Despite rough play from the opposition leaving Kings bruised and battered, the home team could not break down a determined defence that time and again set up attacks on the Drayton goal. Just before half time, Sam George slipped the ball past the oncoming keeper to give Kingswinford a highly deserved lead. Cole Hickman however could not convert a well won penalty flick to double the score before the interval.
The away team started the second half as they ended the first, and after good work down the wing from Guneet Uppal and Ed Parkes in the centre, Cole made no mistake in front of goal this time. Market Drayton began to have more of an influence on the game at this point but managed few shots on target, Adam Pritchard made an excellent save off the line at one point, but this was the closest that they got to scoring. Kingswinford could have ended the game with many more goals, but chances went begging that, on another day, could have been important. Despite this, the team held on comfortably to record their second away win of the season. The whole team played well and can take heart from an excellent performance. The man of the match award is rightly shared by the whole team.

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Walsall 1 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Lubby Ram, Jas Bhadal, Pummi Johal

The last away game of the season was met with mixed fortunes with the disappointment of losing ground on a promotion spot as well as having 12 players available through support from Richard Turner. The game was played at a good pace and we had the better of the opening opportunities. Our attacking play resulted in a number of short corners very well pushed out by Jas Bhadal. Lubby Ram thought he scored a well worked short corner with a high flick into the net. However, it was ruled out by the umpires. A further short corner was eventually flicked in by Lubby Ram. The game was being played in good spirits and well controlled by both Walsall umpires. Just before half time, an incident took place during open play when Ravi Johal reacted to the Walsall keeper pushing him forcefully from the penalty spot. The game was stopped immediately by the umpires. I observed blood on Ravi Johal’s face and top from a cut on the right hand side of his right eye socket. The Walsall keeper was shown a red card and so was Ravi Johal. Daman Johal was shown a Yellow card for his involvement in the incident. Ravi Johal was given some first aid from Alwin who is a qualified Doctor. Following a discussion with the Walsall Captain and both umpires, a decision was made to continue the game.
The second half started nervously in light of the incident. We continued to attack although focussing on possession rather than creating further opportunities. Once Daman returned, we created further opportunities leading to Jas Bhadal scoring from open play. Walsall then started to attack our tiring team and, following a defensive lapse, allowed Walsall to score and get back into the game. Undeterred, we continued to press and Pummi rounded off a great move with a great strike to score our third goal. The game then opened up and Walsall pressed and had chances to score themselves. The game ended with no further incidents or cards being shown.
There were notable performances from both Amo Sian, Billy Sandhu and Dulla Sandhu who held the defence well. Lubby, Alwin and Pummi controlled the midfield well and Daman, Ravi and Jas spearheaded our attack. Ieuan and Erik both played well with Ieuan missing a couple of good chances to score.
In terms of man of the match, it would be an easy option to look at the experienced players; however, for his hard work, determination and perseverance, the man of the match goes to Alwin.

Badgers
(No Match report yet)
Old Halesonians 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Alex Gutteridge

Report of games played on Saturday 26th February 2011

1st Team (Match report by Kuldip Randhawa)
Stafford 8 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Surjit Takhar (2)

Kingswinford played an excellent game today but did not have the result to show for it. For 20 minutes K'ford stood shoulder to shoulder with a strong Stafford Team. Stafford were frustrated by K'fords tactical game plan of slowing the game down. However, Stafford found a break through to make it 1-0. K'ford responded immediately after a powerful short corner strike by Surjit Takhar. Chris Brown then set up young Sunny Uppal for a certain goal but the 17 yr old fired his shot against the post. Just before the break Stafford scored 2 goals from sloppy defending by K'ford to make it 3-1. The second half saw tired legs from K'ford who had veteran Parj Sangha in defence. Stafford showed their fitness and were worthy winners after scoring another 5 goals. K'ford added a late consolation through Takhar. Lubby Ram "We lost today but I am seeing an excellent team spirit. Everyone was upset with the result but we talked about the positives. There is no blame culture now in the 1st team". Man of Match Surjit Takhar.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 0 - 6 Berkswell & Balsall Common

In changeable conditions, Kingswinford played against the unbeaten Berkswell & Balsall Common, a team who had conceded only 5 goals all seasons – the home team were always likely to be the underdogs, especially with a player dropping out at the last minute, leaving Kingswinford yet again without a full cohort of players. However, from the opening exchanges, the gulf between the two sides was not as great as Kingswinford thought – if anything, Kings were too timid initially, giving Berkswell too much time on the ball. As the game progressed, Kingswinford settled into the game, and though they were never on top, they held their own against a fit and well organised opposition. The first goal was always going to be crucial, and a fluke goal put Berkswell ahead. A breakdown in communication and a lack of concentration resulted in an incredibly timid effort rolling across the face of goal and sneaking in at the far post. A second goal was no better and at half time, despite playing reasonably well, they were 4-0 down – 3 of the goals were the result of very sloppy play.
In the second half, Kingswinford were a lot more switched on and competitive, but really struggled to break down the opponents’ defence. Though Berkswell & Balsall Common scored twice more, this was more as a result of their numerical dominance and better play than Kingswinford mistakes. Despite some pressure down the Berkswell wings in particular from Kings, they couldn’t get a convincing shot on goal, and the opponents’ keeper proved too strong to beat. Though it was a resounding loss, Kingswinford have put in worse performances and got positive results in the past, so the team can at least travel to Market Drayton next week with some optimism.

3rd Team
(Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Kingswinford v Droitwich

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Wednesbury 4- 0 Kingswinford

Report of games played on Sunday 20th February 2011

1st Team (Match report by Sonny Matharu)
Newtown 7 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Richard Turner (2)

Kingswinford travelled to distant Newtown with a new look team consisting mainly of current second team players. K’ford dominated the early exchanges when Surjit Takhar placed two beautiful crosses that went clean through the Newtown D, any slightest touch would have turned these into goals. The K’ford team must learn that at 0-0 defending is the priority because too many players raced forward to try and score and Newtown counter attacked brilliantly to score three break away goals. The 2nd half saw the introduction of Richard Turner and he immediately used his experience to position himself at the right place to touch home two crosses by Takhar & Matharu. Turner had made it 3-2 and K’ford were in with a shout. However, a loosely placed pass by Takhar allowed Newtown to counter attack and win the advantage of 4-2. There were close chances for Cole Hickman, who twisted and turned the Newtown defence but the Keeper denied him. Young James Rawlings made his debut at Left Half and had a solid second half performance. The result now means K’ford are relegated. The future is now the priority. All K’ford players need to commit regularly to matches, training and club/team work. Man of Match: Richard Turner - first three touches and two goals!

Report of games played on Saturday 19th February 2011

1st Team (Match report by Sonny Matharu)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Whitchurch
Goal scorer: Chris Brown

This is a match Kingswinford should have won or at least drawn. Whitchurch opened the scoring and Chris Brown made it 1-1 through a brilliant short corner drag flick. Ten minutes before half time, new boy Jaspal Loyal crossed for Surjit Takhar. Takhar slammed his shot through the keepers legs and this took the pace from the ball with it spinning wildly and crossing slowly over the line. A Whitchurch defender pulled the ball back. However, the League umpire gave a goal. Whitchurch protested wildly. The match continued for another few minutes until half time and then history was made! The League umpire said he was not sure the ball crossed the line and therefore was taking the goal back from K'ford! With this playing on K'ford's mind they were unable to find their first half rhythm. Chances were created but Takhar, Loyal, Brown were all denied by the Whitchurch keeper. Richard Brown commented "It was an excellent team performance today, having the goal taken away from us at half time is unbelievable, I hope the League will look into this. There were further chances for us to win it but their keeper made six outstanding saves and we had no one to pick up the rebound from the keepers pads. If Rich Turner had played today he would have had a hat-trick".
Man of Match Sonny Matharu.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Whitchurch 0 - 6 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ed Parkes (3), Adam Pritchard, Cole Hickman, Chris Breedon

Late withdrawals and illness left Kingswinford with only 9 men, as they travelled to bottom of the league Whitchurch. After winning the home fixture 15-0, Kingswinford were optimistic about their chances. Despite their short numbers, the away team dominated from the outset and were inches away from scoring in the opening minutes, the ball fizzing just past the post. The opening goal was imminent, and Richard Turner soon crossed to Cole Hickman to finish. Ed Parkes was proving to be a livewire in the midfield and his well taken hit from the top of the D completely deceived a high quality Whitchurch keeper and doubled the lead. Whitchurch tried to attack but could not break down the Kings defence, and Chris Breedon in particular set up attack after attack from the back.
Ed soon added another, effectively killing off any chance of a Whitchurch comeback, and when captain Adam Pritchard extended the lead before halftime, the victory was inevitable.
In the second half, Cole Hickman opted for a new style of play no-one previously thought possible, passing the ball off to set up Chris Breedon, who precisely hit the moving ball into the far corner. Cynics would say that Cole's selfless passing was only because he couldn't get the ball past the inform keeper, but the fact he was involved in 4 of the goals, as well as hitting a stunning reverse stick pass across the field that left Whitchurch stranded in the blocks, shows that even when the goal machine misfires he shows the influence he had on the game. Whitchurch, despite being 5-0 down, still pressed for a consolation, and Tom Hickman was called into action towards the end making two fine saves, as the away team perhaps got a bit too adventurous as everyone tried to get on the scoresheet. Ed Parkes claimed his hat-trick with another well taken goal to seal off a highly impressive performance from Kingswinford, against a young opposition whose league position doesn't do them justice. Adam Pritchard, in an act of extraordinary generosity, decided to share the man of the match award with the whole team who have finally returned to winning ways.

3rd Team
(No Match report yet)
Pershore 3 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Tom Reed

Badgers (No Match)

Report of games played on Saturday 12th February 2011

1st Team (No fixture)

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 1 - 5 Barlaston
Goal scorer: Ed Parkes

A poor first 20 minutes killed Kingswinford before they even could get started on an unexpectedly hot February afternoon. With two new players, Erik Steckhahn and Jas Loyal, making their second team debuts and several players returning, Kingswinford were fairly optimistic about playing a Barlaston team that they had drawn with 1-1 in the earlier fixture. Despite a fairly evenly matched opening few minutes, a long ball managed to beat almost everyone, and the home team were left wanting at the back as Barlaston took the lead. Kingswinford still didn't seem switched on as a Barlaston player’s reverse stick shot beat 'keeper Tom Hickman at his near post. Another goal was fired in from the top of the D before Kingswinford got into the game. The team’s play improved when they started to pass the ball round the opposition and they started to carve out some chances, only to be thwarted by an on form Barlaston keeper.
Kingswinford started the second half much more brightly and Cole Hickman cut through several players to lay off the ball for Ed Parkes to finish. Barlaston kept up their pressure and would have moved further ahead if it wasn't for decent saves from Tom Hickman and goal line clearances from James Rawlings and Richard Lloyd they could have moved further ahead. Kingswinford had more and more pressure but couldn't finish their chances, and were cruelly caught on the break to further cement their miserable run of form. However, the team goes to bottom of the league Whitchurch next week hoping to turn things round.
Man of the Match: Tom Hickman

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 1 - 5 Evesham
Goal scorer: Ranjit Bhadal

It was a lovely sunny afternoon when we turned up for our return fixture against Evesham with a squad of 13 players. Having beaten them away, we felt confident with our full squad that we could put in a performance that justified our league position. The game started at a fast pace and we had the better of the initial exchanges. We created some great moves on the right hand side and Daman, Jas, Ginge and Tom and Ravi having great chances to open the scoring. However, the Evesham defence was resolute and their keeper was having a fantastic game. He saved everything we threw at him with the best goalkeeping display we have seen this season. His goalkeeping and the inability of our players to convert the many chances we created led to a rise in confidence for the opposition.
As is inevitable, they scored a goal in open play and from a well struck short corner. We went into half time two goals down in pure disbelief, but still confident that it would only be a matter of time before we got back into the game. A tactical change to bring Ginge into centre midfield was used to hopefully rejuvenate our team. We continued to attack and managed to create scoring opportunities. Ginge struck the post twice from Short corners when link up play with Ranjit may have been a more appropriate option. A great through ball from Lubby to Tom enabled a simple move to flow behind their defence and his lay off to Daman created a great scoring opportunity. His shot on goal earned a penalty stroke which was duly converted by Ranjit. We then continued to press in search of the equaliser. However, their midfield and defence managed to soak up the pressure. They caught us on the counter attack and managed to score three further goals which, on the balance of play, they fully deserved.
In terms of man of the match, the early promise should have yielded a number of possible man of the match awards. Both Amo and Surjit were consistent and solid in defence. However, for his defensive play with valuable timely interceptions, I nominate Billy Sandhu as Man of the Match.

Badgers (Match cancelled due to lack of players & transport)
Kingswinford v West Bromwich

Report of games played on Saturday 5th February 2011

1st Team (Match Report by Sonny Matharu)
Kingswinford 2 - 4 Leamington
Goal Scorer: Chris Brown (2)

K'ford 1st team put in their best performance of 2011 with a very close game which they could easily have won. With a number of senior players available, Harry Singh & Tim Sanders, they took the game to Leamington. Both Surjit Takhar & Chris Brown went close within the first ten minutes. K'ford were caught on the counter attack twice when a long hit by Leamington was deflected in to make it 2-0. There was a life line for K'ford when Takhar won a short corner on the stroke of half time which Chris Brown expertly converted.
K'ford played brilliantly in the first period of the second half winning numerous short corners but it was a solo goal by Chris Brown that made it 2-2. However silly errors let Leamington back into the game and they were 4-2 up with ten minutes left. Chances went begging as Kuldip Randhawa & Guneet Uppal went close. However it stayed 4-2 to Leamington. Man of match was a close call between Tim Sanders & Chris Brown but the Badgers Captain Tim Sanders edges it with a brilliant defensive display.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Richard Lloyd)
Leamington 8 - 0 Kingswinford

The ten men of Kingswinford turned up to the impressive facilities of North Leamington School, with the team missing several key players and unable to field a full team. From the start the man over that Leamington had proved to be the difference between the two sides. Kingswinford were always on the back foot and struggled to put pressure on Leamington. In a closer game, Leamington’s controversial first short corner and the resulting goal could have been a turning point, but in truth, the home team were always on top. Too often the Kingswinford defence was outthought and overrun, leaving stand in keeper Chris Rawlings with no chance. After the interval, the team did create a few more chances, with a short corner being saved off the line and Cole Hickman being hacked down by a Leamington defender – despite being clean through, the umpires missed a clear foul. However, too often Leamington were too classy, and a deluge of goals resulted. To make matters worse, in the dying minutes of a poor game for Kingswinford, Captain Adam Pritchard was hit in the face by a goal bound Leamington effort, causing a nasty cut both inside and outside of the mouth. Losing their captain like this really rounded off Kingswinford’s worst game of the season, but the team moves onwards to next week knowing that the only way is up, and sends their best wishes to Adam for a speedy recovery.
Man of the Match: Cole Hickman

3rd Team
(No Match Report yet)
Redditch 4 - 0 Kingswinford

We turned up at Redditch for an early start with only 9 players. Redditch were clearly well prepared and had a squad of at least 15 players. The game started evenly matched. However, with youth on their side, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Redditch managed to score from a short corner but the goal was debated as the ball had clearly hit the back of the striker’s stick. Undeterred, we created some chances ourselves which we could not convert. Redditch scored their second goal in line with the run of play taking full advantage of their numbers.
At half time, the senior players were clearly feeling the strains of the game. Nevertheless, we continued with our game plan of trying to absorb the pressure and to hit on the counter attack where possible. Daman, Ravi and Jas linked well to create some great moves which just needed that little slice of luck. On one particular move, Daman dribbled his way into their area and his shot was saved by their keeper. Daman was first to the rebound and his goal bound shot hit a defender on his foot. We were expecting a penalty; however, the umpire signalled a short corner. Redditch continued to attack on both wings and managed to score a further 2 goals. As the game progressed, injuries to our players meant that we had only 6 players on the pitch and the game had to be stopped. The game will be remembered more for the fact that it is difficult to play a fixture without a full team.

Badgers
(No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 0 Wolverhampton

Report of games played on Sunday 30th January 2011

1st Team (Match Report by Harry Gill)
Kingswinford 2 - 8 Market Drayton
Goal Scorer: Surjit Takhar (2)

Kingswinford fielded their second team bar Sonny Matharu, Surjit Takhar & Wasim Iqbal today. Playing Market Drayton who are close to being a West Midlands Premier Division Team K’ford took the game to the visitors. K'ford were unlucky not to be 3-0 up within 20 minutes when Cole Hickman, Ed Parkes & Sam George went close to scoring. However, the end of the match saw Market Drayton 8 goals up and 4 of these were due to silly mistakes by K'ford. Surjit Takhar scored two excellent strikes to make the score line 8-2 to Market Drayton. Harry Gill "There was some excellent play by Cole Hickman, Sunny Uppal, Guneet Uppal, Sam George & Surjit Takhar when we went forward today. These forwards are as good as any I have seen in a long time but they must learn to defend too. As they say defending starts from the front!".
Man of Match: Close call between Chris Breedon & Ed Parkes but Ed edges it with his all round effort and work rate.

Report of games played on Saturday 29th January 2011

Wednesbury 14 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Sam George

Young Sam George was the highlight of a dreadful day for Kingswinford. George took his goal brilliantly when he was put clean through by Surjit Takhar. Wednesbury who have contested many a close encounter with K'ford in previous years found themselves in double figures today. Capt Sonny Matharu "We are trying our best. We have 9 players out this week. We have Kuldip Randhawa & Richard Turner both over 55 and both gave 110%. We have 4 youngsters under 17, all excellent but inexperienced at this high standard of hockey. Kingswinford is a small club with a small catchments area. In recent years we have lost very promising youngsters to University or bigger clubs. Many other players are struggling to find time off work in the present climate. Also injuries and suspensions have cost us dear. However, we will fight on until the end of the season and there is light at the end of the tunnel with a group of 6 or 7 youngsters coming through for next season". Man of match Dave Williams - Great tackles in first twenty minutes.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 2 - 3 Bloxwich
Goal Scorers: Ed Parkes, Ieuan Moraghan

After a run of tough fixtures, Kingswinford were looking to bounce back against high-flying Bloxwich on a bitterly cold day at the Dell Stadium. However, with many key players missing, the match was always going to be a difficult one. Things did not start well as Kingswinford were down to 10 men within minutes, after the most minor of fouls was punished severely with a yellow card by the umpires. Bloxwich capitalised on their numerical superiority and were soon two goals ahead before Kingswinford were restored to full strength. Within minutes, pressure down the wings resulted in a Kingswinford short corner. Cole Hickman’s shot was saved by the keeper, but Ed Parkes’ quick thinking allowed him to force the rebound into the back of the opposition net. By this time the match was heating up and was proving to be a very competitive feature. However, on the stroke of half time, Bloxwich were awarded a penalty corner, which was squeezed into the bottom corner – this was a pretty down-heartening way to enter the interval.
The second half was full of raised balls, half chances and Kingswinford having to absorb a lot of pressure from their opponents. However, Kingswinford keeper Tom Hickman was rarely called into action and Bloxwich couldn’t break through. In fact it was Kingswinford who came closer to fighting their way back into the match. With five minutes to go, Cole Hickman twisted and turned to beat three despairing Bloxwich defenders in a run that would have drawn gasps of wonder from any crowd, and lone striker Ieuan Moraghan, who had been biding his time for the whole game, finished from close range. At 3-2, Kingswinford pushed for the equaliser, but in truth, they didn’t have enough time to capitalise. Despite this loss, Kingswinford can look back on a strong performance, in particular from debutant Elliot Steedman, and Man of the Match Cole Hickman.

3rd Team
(Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Stafford 1 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Ginge Sehmbi, Ravi Johal (2), Daman Johal

It was a return fixture that we had all been anxiously waiting for on another dull, dark and frosty afternoon. The game promised so much and it certainly fulfilled expectations. The team talk before the game was about discipline and concentrating on our own game rather than what the opposition had to offer. Stafford were all geared up for the game having already beaten us at home; so we had a definite game plan to prove we justified our position in the league. I had the unexpected bonus of starting the game without Ranjit; certainly a rare occurrence. The game started well with both sides evenly matched. There was good interplay between Daman, Ravi, Tom, Jas and Ginge which produced a number of short corners. Ginge finally converted one with a flick that went through the keeper’s legs. This goal enabled us to build on our advantage and Ravi managed to add to our goal tally through perseverance latching on to a rebound from the keeper to put us two goals ahead. There were some great tackles made by Surjit and Amo in defence, and Hari, Billy and Lubby controlled the midfield well. Stafford then seemed to consolidate in midfield and managed to attack on both wings to great effect. We conceded some needless short corners one of which was converted through a shot Chris has been saving all season. Undeterred, we continued to attack and Daman had a couple of great chances to score having been put through by Jas, Ginge and Tom. On one particular opportunity, Daman was put through on the keeper with Ravi free as an option and he placed his shot wide. A goal would have been a fitting end to the excellent approach play. Ginge, Tom and Daman continued to penetrate down the right and managed to create some good chances.
During the half time break, we knew that our drive, determination and discipline would enable us to continue the good work so far. With the side remaining unchanged and Ranjit continuing to rest, we pressed to extend our lead. A fantastic move on the right had side initiated by Ginge passing to Jas who slipped a great pass across the keeper to Ravi who slapped the ball in further extended our lead. The move had to be applauded for its simplicity and one touch hockey. Stafford then created some great moves attacking again with purpose and determination to get back into the game. Chris did some great kicking and controlled his area well. It seemed that for the chances that Stafford created, lady luck was not smiling on them today. In the dying minutes, Jas managed to thread the ball to Daman who went across the keeper and reverse flicked the ball into the goal. It was a fitting end to the sheer hard work, application and team work that we showed from start to finish. During the game, Ranjit’s continual sideline support and strategic analysis kept the players alert and their positional play in check. If Sky Sports are looking for a replacement for Andy Gray, they need to look no further. In terms of individual performances, Ginge creating and controlling moves on the right hand side, Tom’s hard work and industry just lacked the goal his work rate deserved, Jas creative play that led to goal scoring opportunities just lacked a goal or two, Hari’s midfield play was solid and reliable, Surjits cool defensive play and Damans goal and creative play. However, Man of the match goes to Ravi whose two goals whilst still recovering from the flu turned the game in our favour just at the right times. It seems that Ravi is coming back into the sort of form we know we can expect from him. During the game, there was no caution or card shown to any Kingswinford player.

Badgers
(No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 4 Barford Tigers

Report of games played on Sunday 23rd January 2011

2nd Team (Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Pershore 4 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Richard Turner, Cole Hickman

After the previous day’s loss Kingswinford looked to get back to winning ways away to Pershore. Despite only 10 men due to last minute withdrawals they dominated the opening stages of the match. In the first half K’ford worked hard creating plenty of short corners which they were unable to convert but Pershore opened the scoring after a fine counter attacking move. Pershore then built on that lead just before half time to make it 2-0. Kingswinford responded early in the second half with Richard Turner finishing a fine short corner move. Yesterday’s history repeated itself and Pershore won a penalty flick after the ball struck the same player’s foot which they converted before Kingswinford responded with a scrambled goal from Cole Hickman. Minutes before full time Pershore scored from a short corner to kill off any hope of levelling the match for K’ford. K’ford hope to get back to winning form next week at home to Bloxwich.

Report of games played on Saturday 22nd January 2011

1st Team (Match Report by Dave Williams)
Kingswinford 2 - 9 West Bromwich
Goal Scorers: Richard Turner, Chris Brown

Kingswinford were missing several experienced players for this tough fixture including midfield linchpin and captain Sonny Matharu. In came Pervinder Sandhu & Dave Williams. With a re-jig and many players out of position including Surj Takhar at centre midfield, K'ford started brightly and equalised through a brilliant short corner touched home by the evergreen Richard Turner. However, West Brom were too strong for K'ford and scored eight further goals. Chris Brown did convert a penalty at the end to make it 9-2. Youngsters Sunny Uppal, Guneet Uppal and Sam George all under 17 will learn for the future how tough a first team game is. Man of the Match: Richard Turner endless running.

2nd Team
(Match Report by Tom Hickman)
Kynoch 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Cole Hickman

After the previous week’s win Kingswinford were looking for their second win in a row and a first win away from home this season. Kings expected a hard game due to some squad selection problems which led to Badgers Callum Elcock and Pete Lloyd starting for the 2nd’s for a second week running. Kings were not disappointed and Kynoch proved a tough opposition this time around and dubious umpiring decisions did not help the situation. A late arrival from Harry Bains saw Kings start with only ten men and things didn’t start off well with Kynoch taking the lead from a scrappy short corner 10 minutes in. Both teams contested well for the ball for the rest of the first half and it was end to end stuff. Not long after the break Kynoch doubled their lead with a penalty flick after a Kingswinford defender blocked the ball on the line with his foot. Kingswinford pushed hard and were rewarded when Cole Hickman broke through the defence and completed his run by slotting it home in the bottom right. Unfortunately this was a case of too little too late and Kingswinford went home disappointed.

3rd Team
(Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 1 - 6 Bloxwich
Goal Scorer: Ginge Sehmbi

It was a return fixture that we had all been anxiously waiting for on another dull and frosty afternoon. The game started at a high tempo with Bloxwich having a clear game plan where they attacked on both flanks with their young forwards. It was a mixture of good fortune, good defending and defending in numbers that kept Bloxwich out. Bloxwich counter attacked very well and were unlucky not to have scored had they made more constructive use of their moves. We managed to get some short corners which we were unable to convert into goals. We were pleased to be level at half time. Chris pulled off some good saves in goal which kept us in the game.
In the second half, Bloxwich continued to build their attacks on their right hand side and managed to exploit the gaps behind our defence. It seemed inevitable that they took the lead as our defence began to tire. However, we went on the offensive and managed to earn a short corner which we were able to convert much to everyone’s relief. Ginge managed to keep his composure in the circle and flicked in our equaliser. Bloxwich continued to attack and took the lead again following a well worked move. They then continued to attack and earned two penalty corners which they converted. It was unfortunate that our heads began to drop as we continued to tire and struggled to deal with the pace and speed with which Bloxwich attacked. There was a short pause in the game following an incident where a Bloxwich player received a head injury following a 50/50 challenge for the ball. It was acknowledged that the incident was totally accidental and it was pleasing to see the player return to the game. Chris again pulled off some good saves and was unfortunate with the ones that we conceded. Bloxwich continued to press and managed to score twice more which flattered the scoreline. In terms of effort, I could not have asked for any more commitment from my players and they all gave 110% which is all I could ask for as a Captain.
A mention to Billu (many thanks for volunteering to umpire at short notice) and Richard Boulton who umpired well. There was no card shown to either team.
In terms of man of the match, it was a tie between Ginge for his goal and his industrious work in midfield and Tom’s penetrating runs on the right hand side; however, Tom just shaded it from Ginge.

Badgers
(Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Lichfield v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Sunday 16th January 2011

Over 50's (No Match Report yet)
Shrewsbury 6 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Ravi Johal (2), Ginge Sehmbi, Pummi Johal

Report of games played on Saturday 15th January 2011

1st Team (Match Report by Harry Bains)
Old Silhillians 8 - 0 Kingswinford

A new year and a tough start for Kingswinford’s 1st team. Lacking regular first team players and fielding debutantes and veterans K'ford faced a very strong Old Sils team who are top of the table. It took Old Sils 20 minutes to score a very debatable goal that clearly struck the Old Sils forward’s arm before he slotted home (shades of Mr T Henry v. Ireland). At half time K'ford were 2-0 down and had played brilliantly by defending in numbers. However the second half was a different story when Old Sils scored from the off after a mistake by veteran defender Kuldip Randhawa. This gave Old Sils the momentum as they scored a hatful. Man of the Match Sam George showed brilliant skill when he took two Old Sils defenders on and was body checked to prevent him from having a scoring opportunity.

2nd Team (Match Report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 2 - 1 Kidderminster
Goal Scorers: Ed Parkes, Cole Hickman

After a long Christmas break, Kingswinford played their first match of 2011 against Kidderminster; a fixture that has traditionally been hard fought and competitive. However, the home team started with only nine men and were outnumbered for the whole of the first half. It was no surprise that the away team dominated play and Kingswinford had to soak up the pressure. As it was, Kingswinford had a few half chances, with Cole Hickman's deflection off Ed Parkes cross, going just wide. Despite dominating pressure, Kidderminster had very few shots on goals, but a sloppily defended short corner gifted them the lead, that they held for much of the second half.
However, the arrival of Jon Hall and Callum Elcock at the interval bolstered the midfield and eased some of the opposition’s pressure. With 15 minutes to go, Chris Breedon, who had been hitting the ball down field with real power, connected with Cole Hickman, who slipped it through to Ed Parkes- the midfielder made no mistake, slamming in the equaliser into the bottom corner. With the match finely balanced, with last gasp defence and great saves from Tom Hickman, the long ball tactics again split the Kidderminster defence and Cole Hickman kept a cool head for the winner to complete the comeback.
Man of the Match: Chris Breedon.

3rd Team
(Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Stone 1 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Daman Johal (3), Ravi Johal

It was a cold and dull afternoon travelling to Stone with the looming darkness threatening a heavy downpour. We fielded a side without Jas and Ranjit (squad rotation policy), welcomed back Billy Sandhu, and handed Ieuan his first start of the season. The game started at a fast pace and, in fairness, Stone had the better of the initial exchanges. Stone had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring; however, their forward thankfully missed the open goal and Lubby intercepted the follow up goal attempt from the other forward. With renewed vigour, we felt that it was only a matter of time before we opened the scoring. There were some great penetrating moves instigated by Daman, Tom, Ravi and Ginge on both flanks which led to Daman opening the scoring. Ravi was fed through a short time later and his cross/shot went in off their defender. Ravi had a great chance to flick over the keeper from around the penalty spot and managed to earn a short corner. Ieuan managed to find his way to the far post and should have scored at least two goals. With half time beckoning, we showed that we can defend as well and managed to soak up their pressure.
At half time, I made a tactical change of swapping Ginge and Tom which initially worked well. Stone attacked well down their flanks and created quite a few problems for us. It was an unusual error from the normally reliable Amo who had the chance to clear the ball that led to Stone opening their scoring. Stone then continued to attack and had opportunities to score which were thwarted by a resolute defence. Chris pulled off some great saves including a reaction save to his left that would have settled into the bottom corner. Chris has shown that his confidence in goal is improving with every game. Tom, Ginge, Hari and Daman then took the game to Stone and Daman managed to score another well worked goal. Tom and Daman continued to run at pace at Stone and these penetrating runs caused Stone no end of problems. Ginge then threaded some great through balls to Ravi who could have added to his goal tally. It was from a well worked short corner that Daman scored a well deserved hat trick. Ieuan had opportunities to score at the far post; however, it was not to be his day.
It must be noted that the umpires officiated the game very well and there were no occasions during the game when any player or incident gave them any cause for concern.
In terms of man of the match, it was a tie between Daman for his excellent contribution and hat trick and Tom’s mazy and penetrating runs on the right hand side; however, Tom just shaded it from Daman.

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Streetly
Goal Scorer: Ed Martin

Report of games played on Saturday 8th January 2011

1st Team (Match cancelled due to flooded pitch)
Newtown v Kingswinford

2nd Team (Match postponed due to other rearranged fixtures)
Kingswinford v Barford Tigers 4th

3rd Team
(Match Report by Lubby Ram)
Wednesbury 2 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Daman Johal (2), Ranjit Bhadal (2)

It was a lovely sunny day for a hockey match and the pitch itself was as good as we have seen for a long time. I reminded my players that our last competitive hockey match was at the end of November 2010 and to be mindful of our fitness.
The game started at a good pace and Wednesbury clearly had a game plan to use their wings, pace and youth to their advantage. Wednesbury had the better of the early exchanges and created clear cut chances. It was an unfortunate defensive error that led to their opening goal. Wednesbury continued to attack and Chris saved a great strike at a short corner. We had short corners ourselves which could have been more constructively used. Daman received a blow to the face early on but, undeterred, he continued to play and became stronger as the game progressed. The umpires had to speak with some of the Wednesbury players following their continual verbal abuse on the pitch which marred an otherwise pleasant start to the game. However, undeterred, we continued to press and found ourselves only a goal down at half time.
A tactical change where Jas was moved to the right and Ravi to the left started to pay dividends and we attacked with more purpose and belief. Chances were created and it was inevitable that we equalised through Daman. The build up saw great link up play involving Ginge, Richard, Daman, Jas and Ranjit which was finished off well by Daman. Jas had a great chance to put us in the lead and his push across the “D” just went inches wide of the far post. Back in the game, we continued to press and Ranjit’s persistence saw him lob the keeper that finished off a fantastic move on our right hand side. Jas and Daman combined well in the midfield and linked very well with Ravi, Richard and Ginge. We attacked with purpose and both Daman and Ranjit had clear chances to extend our lead. At a short corner, Jas had a chance to extend our lead and his flick to the far post not only hit the post; but, was missed by the usually reliant Richard as well. Wednesbury had an open goal to level the game and they shot wide of the goal much to our relief. Ranjit scored our third goal which is just what we deserved for our determination. Wednesbury continued to attack and they were thwarted by Surjit, Amo, Lubby and Kuli all resolute in defence. However, a flowing move from Wednesbury led to their second goal. We continued to press and both Daman and Ranjit had further chances to extend our lead. However, it was Daman who scored an excellent goal to the keeper’s near post. One of the Wednesbury players received a yellow card for a terrible stick tackle on Jas.
In terms of man of the match, there were many great individual performances with Daman’s drive and goals, Ravi’s and Richard’s hard work on the wings, Ranjit’s goals and Ginge’s attacking distribution. However, I feel that Jas just pipped them all with an overall display that just lacked the goals his contribution deserved.

Badgers
(No Match Report yet)
Barford Tigers 1 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 18th December 2010

1st Team (Match cancelled due to snow)
Kingswinford - Club Game

2nd Team (Match postponed due to snow)
Pershore v Kingswinford

3rd Team
(Match cancelled due to snow)
Kingswinford - Club Game

Badgers (Match cancelled due to snow)
Kingswinford - Club Game

Report of games played on Sunday 12th December 2010

1st Team (Match postponed due to frost)
Kingswinford v Market Drayton

Report of games played on Saturday 11th December 2010

1st Team (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 8 Droitwich

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Stafford 4 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Cole Hickman

Late call ups to the 1st team left Kingswinford 2nd team with only 11 players against high flying Stafford, including two debutants, Peter Lloyd and Jon Hall. The team knew they were in for a tough match, with Stafford's high tempo hockey evident from the start. However, some smooth passing between Peter Lloyd and Chris Rawlings led to Cole Hickman scoring an outrageous opener from the most acute of angles. However, as the match progressed, Stafford’s pressure began to count as they equalised and then took the lead in quick succession, despite the heroics of James Rawlings in defence, and Tom Hickman in goal, whose stunning triple save left the attacker wondering what else he had to do to score. Adam Pritchard and Ed Parkes were instrumental in creating chances, and Kingswinford were unlucky not to add to their tally before halftime; as it was the away team went into the break 3-1 down.
In the second half a drop in fitness levels and match sharpness, due to the cancellation of recent fixtures in the bad weather, began to tell. This wasn't aided by the fact that Kingswinford were on the wrong end of several harsh decisions and it took off the line clearances from Richard Lloyd and Kuli Toora in particular to keep out the home team. Despite this rearguard action, Stafford extended their lead with a shot that was cms away from James Rawlings head. Despite being 4-1 down as the final whistle blew, the scoreline didn't reflect on some excellent hockey from Kingswinford and a decent performance against a classy opposition. Man of the Match: Kuli Toora.

3rd Team
(Match postponed due to unfit pitch)
Wednesbury v Kingswinford

Badgers (Match postponed due to unfit pitch)
Wolverhampton v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Sunday 5th December 2010

Over 40's (Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Stratford v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 4th December 2010

1st Team (Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Newport v Kingswinford

2nd Team (No Match)

3rd Team
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Wednesbury v Kingswinford

Badgers (Match cancelled due to frozen pitch)
Barford Tigers v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 27th November 2010

1st Team (Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Kingswinford v Market Drayton

2nd Team (Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Pershore v Kingswinford

3rd Team
(Match postponed due to frozen pitch)
Wednesbury v Kingswinford

Badgers (Match cancelled due to frozen pitch)
Kingswinford v Lichfield

Report of games played on Saturday 20th November 2010

1st Team (Match report by Tim Sanders)
Tamworth 4 - 0 Kingswinford

Kingswinford lost another match which the scoreline does no justice. With players crying off with flu and other excuses, K'ford called in veterans Parjinder Sangha & Richard Turner. The match started at a frantic pace and Kingswinford dominating. Unexpected arrival Ash Baig was put clean through and he fired his shot direct at the Tamworth keeper. Tamworth then counter attacked and their forward hit an unstoppable shot which Kuldip Randhawa saved on the line with his reverse stick. Tamworth scored two scrappy goals before half time.
Kingswinford upped the pressure in the 2nd half and Surjit Takhar had his reverse stick flick saved by the fingertips. Chris Brown hit the post and Richard Turner redirected a shot just an inch wide. Randhawa had a short saved on the line. Julian Turner had a shot saved. Clearly luck was not with K'ford and this was proved when Tamworth scored another two scrappy goals towards the end of the match. A mention goes to Richard Brown, Sati Takhar & Julian Turner who defended brilliantly and have done so throughout the season, often facing wave after wave of attacks. Sonny Matharu "I thank the 2nd & 3rd team captains today for releasing players to us at the last minute. With the resources we have we are over achieving with our results. I have 4 players not playing from last season due to injuries, work commitments and suspension. However, we will now build for the future and get the youngsters in. Discipline was excellent today, except for a heated rant in the half time team talk!" Man of match Kuldip Randhawa.

2nd Team (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 4 Market Drayton
Goal scorer: Daman Johal

3rd Team
(Match report by Ravi Johal)
Kingswinford 5 - 3 Walsall
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal (3), Ranjit Bhadal, Jassi Bhadal

Kingswinford went into this match in buoyant mood having won four matches in succession and with the added luxury of fielding a settled and strong side. They duly took the lead through top scorer Ravi Johal who tucked in a neat pass from Ranjit Bhadal. There followed many short corners for Kingswinford but they were unable to make their advantage tell mainly due to some fine saves from the Walsall goalkeeper. An early substitution for Kings saw injured forward Ravi go off for a break with Alwin replacing him. However while this switch was taking place the visitors helped themselves to an equaliser. After a goalmouth scramble, Kings regained the lead with Ranjit Bhadal getting the decisive touch.
15 minutes into the 2nd half Ravi was re-introduced into the game on the left flank and when Ginge Sehmbi crossed into the 6 yard box Ravi was on hand to score his 2nd with a goal taken under pressure from a Walsall defender. Kings failed to capitalise on even more short corners allowing Walsall to claw back a 2nd goal from their impressive junior, Luke, who deflected the ball home from a well taken short corner. Walsall then scored again from a short corner which created an exciting tension to the game. Walsall began to question umpires’ decisions while Kingswinford kept their discipline and searched for further goals. Jassi managed to score a well taken goal which was a fair reward for all his hard work for the team. Ravi then completed his 1st league hat-trick of the season after receiving a ball from Ranjit and firing home to round off a great performance.
The team now travel to Wednesbury for their final league game before the winter break and hope to record an unprecedented 6th straight win to consolidate their position in 2nd place in the league which they climbed up to after this weekend’s results.
Many thanks to Daman for umpiring which he did very well and to Alwin for defending as solidly as he did. Solid performances for man of the match came from Chris, Jassi, Ranjit, Hari and Ginge.
However, man of the match goes to Ravi for a great hat-trick.

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Streetly 2 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Streetly Loan, Jordan Webb (2), Ethan Delves

Report of games played on Saturday 13th November 2010

1st Team (Match report by Dave Williams)
Kingswinford 1 - 2 Stafford
Goal scorer: Andy Cutler

Kingswinford played their best performance of the season so far and were very unlucky not to win at least a point. K'ford started stronger and won several fouls and short corners in the Stafford D. Stafford's defence stood firm with a 'they shall not pass' motto and prevented Kingswinford from scoring. There were 2 good chances from crosses, when K'ford did breach the Stafford defence but despite Dave Williams diving efforts he was unable to convert them. The match then stopped for a short while to treat a brave Stafford defender who bravely put himself in front of a full swing shot to prevent a K'ford goal. The player was rushed to hospital to treat a gum wound. The second half saw Stafford strike the first goal on a counter attack move. K'ford responded through a skilful run and shot by Surjit Takhar which struck the inside of the post and rolled out to Andy Cutler who slotted home from 1 yard out. While Kingswinford pushed for a second Stafford where kept at bay by brilliant Richard Brown, Kaza Purewal and an outstanding Tim Sanders in goal. Abrar Baig picked up a yellow for a bad tackle and Kingswinford team fell apart. Stafford took advantage by scoring a lucky goal which in the build up hit the striker’s foot but was missed by both umpires. Kingswinford will now have the Baig brothers unavailable and travel to Tamworth next week with a new look team. Sonny Matharu "We played well today and our discipline will improve. Well done to Stafford who defended bravely and we hope the injured player a speedy recovery".

2nd Team (No Match report yet)
Berkswell & Balsall Common 3 - 0 Kingswinford

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Droitwich 3 - 4 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal, Ginge Sehmbi (2), Lubby Ram

The team were without influential forward Ranjit Bhadal and Dulla Sandhu; but, welcomed back Ravi Johal and Richard Turner. The pitch was really slow and heavy with sand covering most of the lines. Kingswinford started the game with pressing play and Ravi Johal soon put Kingswinford in front after receiving a wonderful visionary pass from Amo from well inside his own half enabling Ravi to skip past the last defender and fire into the roof of the net from D top! Kings soon added a 2nd goal from a well worked corner which Ginge buried in the Droitwich goal. There was good determination and strong clean tackling from all the Kingswinford players and some excellent forward play from Tom Reed on the right wing, who was fed brilliantly time and again by Ginge. Tom was nearly rewarded for his hard work when he was unlucky to only strike the left upright after a pass from Ravi who had wormed his way to the Droitwich by-line before slipping the ball to Tom. Jassi once again caused havoc amongst the Droitwich defence with his excellent close ball control and was unlucky not to get onto the score sheet himself. Droitwich had threatened intermittently but the Kings defence was strong with warhorse Surjit Nijjar reliable as ever-so far at least, ably assisted by Amo Sian and Richard Lloyd. Droitwich had pulled a goal back on the stroke of halftime when keeper Chris misjudged an effort by a Droitwich forward which slipped underneath his foot- apart from this error Chris had a fine game in goal. Chris was clearly annoyed having conceded a goal so close to half time.
The 2nd half saw skipper Lubby ask his players for the same level of commitment in the second half. Droitwich pressed deeper in our half which placed more pressure on the midfield line. A tactical change allowed Kings to press again looking for the third goal. Following sustained pressure, Droitwich equalised following an error in defence. However, Kings knew they were the better side and continued to press forward and won a penalty flick after the last defender had stopped a goal bound effort with his foot. Ginge strode forward confidently to take the flick which although struck well, was aimed straight at the keeper’s body and was easily saved. Lubby soon calmed the nerves of the Kingswinford players as he swept the ball in from a short corner routine which flew into the back of the net. Ginge then rounded off proceedings from another well worked corner with a fine assist from Jassi. Throughout the game Hari was his usual industrious and reliable self and marked the Droitwich playmaker very well. Lubby was solid in midfield and creative flair was provided by Ginge. A mention must go here also to Richard Lloyd- the youngster has grown in stature and confidence and despite being surrounded by 'mature' team mates put in a good shift with an assertive presence. Super sub Ieuan was very enthusiastic and showed some neat touches when brought on. For the next game, Kings need to continue with this level of enthusiasm, spirit and commitment to build on the progress made so far.
Man of the match goes to Hari Singh whose close marking was crucial to the team’s success.

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 1 - 1 Old Halesonians
Goal scorer: Elliot Steedman

Report of games played on Saturday 6th November 2010

1st Team (Match report by Surjit Takhar)
Whitchurch 5 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Chris Brown, Abrar Baig (2)

Kingswinford started nervously for this vital match and found themselves 2-0 down within five minutes after two really well taken goals by the Whitchurch forward (who must have been missing over previous matches). Kingswinford pulled a goal back when Abrar Baig raced into the 'D' and fired a reserve stick shot into the goal. The second half saw Kingswinford pile the pressure and veteran Richard Turner, put clean through by Surjit Takhar, saw his low right hand shot well saved by the Whitchurch keeper. Abrar Baig was then harshly yellow carded for late tackle that was more to do with him losing his footing than nasty. Takhar spun off his marker and fired a shot against the post. Whitchurch soaked the pressure and used their super forward to get a goal on the counter attack. At 3-1 Kingswinford were given a life line when Takhar raced past two challenges and was hacked down by the last man, winning a penalty. Chris Brown converted the penalty. However, at 3-2 Kingswinford failed to take advantage of their dominance when Ash Baig blasted his shot straight at the keeper and Dave Williams could not force the ball over the goal line. Kingswinford were then reduced to ten men again when Takhar was given a harsh yellow for using his body in a 50-50 tackle. Whitchurch scored from a short corner to make it 4-2. Kingswinford with a final push scored via a short corner from Chris Brown, forced home by Abrar and it stood 4-3. The final 5 minutes saw Whitchurch snatch victory after a rare error of judgement from K'ford stopper Wasim Iqbal. Sonny Matharu "I am amazed Whitchurch are in this position given their performance today. We tried hard and I cannot fault the guys. I’m grateful to Richard Turner and Andy Cutler for helping the 1st team today".

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 15 - 0 Whitchurch
Goal scorers: Daman Johal (4), Guneet Uppal (4), Cole Hickman (3), Sam George (2), Ed Parkes, Adam Pritchard

Two draws in two games from a much improved Kingswinford side had marked a promising start to the season for the home team, and they faced up to bottom of the league Whitchurch on a crisp November day expecting big things. Daman Johal opened the scoring with a well taken finish from close range, and this opened the flood gates for what can only be described as a rout. Ed Parkes was very effective down the right of the pitch and Captain Adam Pritchard was invaluable in the centre of the pitch. Goals came freely, though two excellent goals in particular stood out – one was taken by Sam George, who skinned two defenders and slamming the ball into the bottom corner, and Daman Johal powered in from the top of the D. Guneet Uppal’s drag flicks were deadly from short corners, and Cole Hickman was always alert to any opportunity, clinically finishing 3 times for his hat-trick. Johal and Uppal, who scored 4 goals each, are climbing up the top scorers table. The defence were very rarely tested, though veteran Parj Sangha and James Rawlings cut out any chances Whitchurch had leaving keeper Tom Hickman with very little to do. All in all it was an excellent performance and, in truth, the scoreline could have been an even greater margin judging by the amount of chances the home team didn’t convert.
Man of the match –Guneet Uppal.

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 11 - 0 Pershore
Goal scorers: Ranjit Bhadal (3), Tom Reed (3), Jassi Bhadal, Hari Singh, Ginge Sehmbi, Ieuan Moraghan (2)

The 3rd Team witnessed an excellent team performance from the 2nd Team while we were warming up. Our thoughts were to put on a team display in a similar fashion. The 3rd team had notable absences from Billy Sandhu, Richard Turner and Ravi Johal; however, we welcomed the return of the evergreen Ginge. The game started slowly and our intentions were clear in that we were going to press with attacking hockey. The pressure paid off with a number of short corners one of which was converted by Ginge. The second goal soon followed off a short corner deflected in by Tom Reed deputising for Richard Turner. A mention to Ieuan who managed to score a goal following an error by their keeper. Following this, there were some well constructed moves on the right hand side with Hari, Ginge and Tom combining well which enabled Ranjit and Tom to complete their hat-tricks. Jas Bhadal showed again that, apart from having confidence on the ball, his distribution was also very good especially a through ball to Ieuan whose deft touch took it past the keeper. The team were well marshalled in defence and we managed to keep a clean sheet. A particular mention goes to Surjit Nijjar whose goal line clearance from a well struck short corner underlined this commitment. Overall, a heartening team performance as a build up to the Droitwich game. In terms of individual performances, Ranjit and Tom both scored well deserved hat-tricks, and both Ginge and Jas Bhadal distributed well. However, man of the match goes to Tom Reed. Many thanks to Daman and Cole for umpiring.

Badgers (Match report by Peter Lloyd)
Wednesbury 2 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Ed Martin

Everyone played well against a much older side. It was a very even match really, with lots of attacks and a few chances for both teams. By the end of the 1st half the score was 0-0. Tim's usual quality flicks were present and we all put in a very good work rate. Pete and Elliot were forming a good partnership in the centre and some of our younger players performed really well too, I'll give Sam and Ethan a special mention.
In the second half the high work rate continued but we conceded a goal from a short corner after our keeper, Josh made a save well worthy of praise, diving to his left and saving it with his left hand protector. We bounced back, Tim picked up the ball from our 25 and ran all the way into the D, in the process beating 3 players; it was a brilliant run. Ed put it away from the far post. A good goal and we equalized. We let in our 2nd goal during a short corner. The whistle actually went after the short corner was given. A lucky deflection meant that Wednesbury finished 2-1 up.
Man of the match was shared between Ethan and Josh.

Report of games played on Saturday 30th October 2010

1st Team (No fixture)

2nd Team (No Match report yet)
Barlaston 1 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Kuldip Randhawa

3rd Team
(No Match report yet)
Evesham 2 - 5 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal (2), Richard Turner, Ranjit Bhadal, Jassi Bhadal

Badgers (Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Kingswinford v West Bromwich

Report of games played on Saturday 23rd October 2010

1st Team (No Match report yet)
Leamington 9 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Chris Brown (2)

2nd Team (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 3 Leamington
Goal scorers: Sam George, Ed Parkes, Kuldip Randhawa

3rd Team
(Match report by Ravi Johal)
Kingswinford 4 - 2 Redditch
Goal scorers: Hari Singh, Ravi Johal, Richard Turner, Ranjit Bhadal

Kingswinford took on a lively Redditch side on a cold but sunny late afternoon at The Dell stadium. With the home team firstly struggling to finalize their starting eleven and format, then adjusting to the cold weather and trying to feel their way into the match, Redditch helped themselves to a very early but fully deserved two goal lead with some impressive flowing hockey. An early substitution introduced Amo Sian into the defence allowed the midfield to press forward. This proved to be the kick up the backside that Kingswinford needed to start to play the way that their strong and experienced line-up promised. The build up of pressure on the Redditch defence created short corners and other scoring opportunities including a neatly struck effort by Hari which hit the post, Ranjit’s shot flashing inches wide as well as other chances falling to twinkle toes Ravi. The pressure paid off when Hari pulled a goal back with a strong shot from a short corner. A special mention must go here to former 1st team skipper Pummi Johal - the veteran was making a rare appearance due to long term knee and back problems and despite his limitations was formidable in midfield. His strength, desire and vision were something that had definitely been lacking in previous matches. Pummi deserved to have been on the score sheet after striking a good shot from top D that was stopped on the line by the Redditch gatekeeper; however, before the keeper was able to react to kick it away, Ravi was on hand for a simple poke into the goal. The teams went into the half time break even on score but Kingswinford were definitely the stronger team by now.
The second half saw Kingswinford continue to dominate and although Redditch did create a couple of chances the impressive Amo Sian, returning for his 2nd stint in Kingswinford colours, magnificently cleared two goal bound shots off the line. Amo was ably assisted in defence by Surjit Nijjar. At the other end Kingswinford rounded off proceedings with firstly a goal from Richard, who made sure a brilliant goal bound scoop from Ranjit went nowhere but in the back of the Redditch goal. The final goal was scored by Ranjit himself in emphatic fashion with an excellent strike after bamboozling the Redditch defence with his wonderful close ball control and skill. The provider of the last 2 goals was Ravi whose pace down the left, Redditch had no answer for and he managed to feed Ranjit again and again. Billy Sandhu was strong in midfield as was Lubby Ram. Jassi Bhadal, Ieuan, Wesley and Alwin came on late in the 2nd half to show the potential size of the 3rd team squad. Ieuan, Alwin and Wesley experienced the quality, strength, pace and speed at which this fixture was played which they need to work on in training. Jassi showed flashes of his potential but was clearly lacking in match fitness. He combined well with Ravi, Richard and Ranjit in some well constructed moves. There was a late shout for a penalty as Ranjit seemed to have been bought down by the Redditch keeper. However, undeterred, Ranjit kept his composure and accepted the umpire’s decision. Man of The match was a close call between Pummi and Ranjit but I feel Ranjit edges it.

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Wolverhampton 0 - 0 Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 16th October 2010

1st Team (Match report by Sonny Matharu)
Kingswinford 2 - 5 Wednesbury
Goal scorers: Shahzad Latif, Daman Johal

This match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. Kingswinford dominated the match throughout but Wednesbury were more organised and played better as a team.
Man of the match was Dave Williams - excellent tackling, attitude and work rate throughout the match.

2nd Team (Match report by Tom Hickman)
Bloxwich 4 - 3 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Sunny Uppal, Cole Hickman, Ed Parkes

A somewhat “lost” Kingswinford 2nd XI side finally arrived at the Bloxwich pitch ready for a tough West Midlands Division 2 encounter, after having followed Ed Parkes’ questionable routes to the away team’s turf. The teams started the match at a fast tempo, with both nearly closing in on chances. Ed Parkes took a knock to the head, but was fine to play afterwards. However, it was Bloxwich who took advantage of a lapse of concentration in the Kingswinford defence, resulting in their striker chipping the ball over Thomas Hickman in goal, making it 1-0. With this in mind, Kingswinford began to pass with more confidence and this showed when Cole Hickman sent Guneet Uppal through to beat the Bloxwich keeper, and offloaded the ball for Sunny Uppal to slot home at the far post. Both sides began to put on the pressure, and Bloxwich made it 2-1 just before halftime. A tactical change in midfield brought more creative play, and the forwards began to play with more flair. However, Bloxwich again broke through to score two more to make it 4-1. It seemed to be all over, but Kingswinford returned with Cole Hickman scoring via a sublime reverse stick shot rattling the Bloxwich goal to bring it back to 4-2. The last ten minutes of the game saw Bloxwich become uncertain, due to some excellent work at the back with Chris Breedon, Adam Pritchard and Kuli Toora keeping Bloxwich at bay. Kingswinford scored again through Ed Parkes after an excellent effort by Sam George and Cole Hickman, to make the final scoreline 4-3.
Man of the match- James Rawlings for his tireless defending and high work rate.

3rd Team
(Match report by Ravi Johal)
Kingswinford 1 - 4 Stafford
Goal scorer: Ravi Johal

Kingswinford started this match timidly, still smarting from their mauling by Bloxwich the previous Saturday and were soon punished for a series of defensive errors. The opposition centre forward bagged an early hat-trick to open the scoring finding himself with plenty of space and time to pick his spot after the Kingswinford defence were left embarrassingly stretched. By the time Kingswinford started to find a bit of fluency in their game, Stafford had already added a 4th to their tally and went into the half time break in a confident mood.
In the 2nd half, following some minor defensive adjustments and clarification of roles, Kingswinford started to show some desire and flair and aided by a fine display from keeper Chris Rawlings to wipe out the previous weeks nightmare, Kingswinford started to show their true potential and 1st match promise and prevented Stafford from adding any further goals. Although there were good 2nd half performances from all the Kingswinford players, particular mention goes to Dulla Sandhu and Richard Turner for shaming the rest of their team with their tireless running and die hard attitude. Skipper Lubby Ram and Hari Singh also deserve mention for their creative endeavour, the latter's neat pass to Ravi Johal resulting in a fine goal by the forward. There were other chances too in the 2nd half for Kings to reduce the deficit but both Kings forwards are struggling with mobility issues and look forward to the return of youngster Jassi Bhadal for next week's home fixture to hopefully lighten their load. Man of the match: Chris Rawlings.

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Barford Tigers 4 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Sunday 10th October 2010

Over 40's (Match report by Lubby Ram)
Edgbaston 10 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal Scorer: Richard Turner

We assembled eventually at Edgbaston for our over 40's game still tired from yesterday’s game. It was a lovely sunny day and the pitch looked great. The game started and all were excited. However, it was clear from the beginning that Edgbaston were clearly a well drilled team who attacked both tactically and technically. They spread the ball around well and it clearly frustrated our team. Poor marking in defence led to Edgbaston scoring 3 quick goals and they had chances to score a lot more. Our keeper pulled off some good saves to keep the score respectable. Even so, we created our own chances from short corners and were unfortunate not to have scored.
The second half saw much the same with Edgbaston showing the benefits of training as a team dominating possession and counter attacking in numbers. They stretched our midfield line and defence with ease. Even so, we continued to attack and Richard managed to score from a short corner which was disallowed quite unfairly. However, we did score right at the end through an unusual goal where a shot at goal was hit back to Manjit who instinctively reacted sending the ball just wide but it was then diverted goal bound by Richard to score. Although the scoreline isn't pleasant viewing, the team still smiled and joked post match. The game was played in good spirits and we kept our composure well considering the circumstances.
Man of the match for his tireless running was Ravi Johal.

Report of games played on Saturday 9th October 2010

1st Team (Match report by Ash Baig)
West Bromwich 2 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Surjit Takhar, Shahzad Latif

Brilliant result in this ENER-G West Midlands Div 1 clash by Kingswinford who were 2-0 down 10 minutes into the match. A change in formation by Captain Sonny Matharu, with Chris Brown pushing further forward resulted in Kingswinford gaining the advantage. Surjit Takhar slammed home the 1st goal and Shahzad Latif grabbed the second just before half time. The 2nd half saw Kingswinford dominate. They scored a goal from close range that was disallowed and won several short corners that veteran West Brom Keeper Neil Gaskin saved well. Sonny Matharu "We were unlucky not to win but we can build on this performance".
Man of the match: Chris Brown.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kingswinford 12 - 1 Kynoch
Goal Scorers: Sam George (3), Cole Hickman (2), Ed Parkes (2), Kuldip Randhawa (2), Adam Pritchard, Tim Sanders, Sunny Uppal

After a start to the season that promised much but delivered few results, Kingswinford played their first home match of the season against Kynoch, a fixture that the home team had marked as a ‘must win’. Early signs were good, and when Cole Hickman sublimely guided the ball through his own legs to open the scoring, a maiden victory this season was very much on the cards. A short corner slammed home from veteran Kuldip Randhawa, a dab touch at the far post from Sunny Uppal, finishes from ridiculous angles by Sam George – to say Kingswinford dominated the first half is an understatement. They went into the break 5-0 up, though in truth, with a goal ruled out and many chances going begging, the score could easily have been in double figures. In the second half, Kynoch showed more attacking intent and fighting spirit, but time and again were caught on the break, and Timothy Sanders and Ed Parkes and ‘Captain Fantastic’ Adam Pritchard were the engine of what was quickly turning into a rout. Kynoch barely tested the defence, but a loss of concentration gifted Kynoch a consolation. Despite this, more and more goals were scored, and the match ended with Kingswinford winning by a staggering margin of 12 goals to 1.

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Bloxwich 8 - 0 Kingswinford

It was a lovely sunny day for Hockey and we were keen to put in another strong performance like last week. However, we were quickly bought down to earth with a rather strong and experienced Bloxwich team. Bloxwich were full of running and they spread the ball around very well. We conceded 3 goals rather quickly which was a fair reflection of the effort we were putting into the game.
At half time, I could see that all the players were tired and I made some tactical changes. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first where Bloxwich spread the ball around very well and dominated both possession and chances created. At eight goals down, it was heartening to see that we were still attacking and. following a short corner, we got a penalty stroke. I took the penalty stroke and, although the keeper went the wrong way, the ball went just wide. I think that this summed up our game. The positive moments were James McDaid in defence and Guneet showing the sort of promise that we know he is capable of.
Man of the match: Guneet Uppal.

Badgers
(No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 0 - 1 Lichfield

Report of games played on Sunday 3rd October 2010

Over 50's (No Match report yet)
Kingswinford 3 - 4 Old Wulfrunians
Goal Scorers: Ranjit Bhadal, Rajinder Sehmbi, Pummi Johal

Report of games played on Saturday 2nd October 2010

1st Team (Match report by Abrar Baig)
Kingswinford 2 - 3 Old Silhillians
Goal scorers: Chris Brown, Shahzad Latif

Kingswinford, still missing a number of 1st team players, gave a good account of themselves today against a strong Old Sils team who just missed promotion last year in WML1.
At half time it stood 0-0 but K'ford had the best of the first 15 minutes of 2nd half. Chris Brown netted from a short corner on 7 minutes and 5 minutes later Surjit Takhar set-up Shahzad Latif to blast home from 'D' top. However the visitors pressure was immense in the last 15 minutes and they scored 3 well taken goals. Man of Match: Kaz Purewal who made 2 great goal line clearances from the K'ford back line.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Kidderminster 3 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Kuldip Randhawa, Guneet Uppal

The Second Team travelled to a questionable Kidderminster pitch for their first league match of the season. Several pre-season friendly’s had helped to gel a new look team together, but the team was still a ‘rough diamond’. From the pushback, the Kidderminster team looked sharp and match ready, and dominated the early possession. A slickly worked move after a string of short corners, aided by some lackadaisical defending, fired Kidderminster ahead. This served as a wakeup call, and Kingswinford upped their game. Some excellent work by forward Ed Parkes and superb pressure from Captain Adam Pritchard resulted in a short corner, which Kuldip Randhawa slammed into the bottom corner. At 1-1, the match was all to play for, and it was Guneet Uppal who capitalised on an error by Kidderminster’s veteran goalkeeper to give the away side the lead. However, a static midfield and a misplaced hit out gave away possession in an awful position, and the forward got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball past ‘Keeper Tom Hickman. In the second half a short corner being kicked off the line by the Kidderminster defence led to the Umpire awarding a penalty flick, that, if converted, would give Kingswinford the lead. Unfortunately, Andy Cutler got too much of the ball and put the ball agonisingly wide. Cole Hickman was inches away from netting the winner after an incredible run from winger Sam George, and Randhawa’s short corner was cruelly ruled out. After spurning so many chances to put the game out of reach, it was almost unsurprising when a goal mouth scramble gave Kidderminster the winner with minutes to spare. The Kidderminster goalkeeper pulled off a reaction save to keep the home team’s noses in front, and, despite dominating the match, it was Kingswinford who came away with nothing. Nevertheless, the team is optimistic about their next home game against Kynoch.

3rd Team
(Match report by Ravi Johal)
Kingswinford 4 - 1 Stone
Goal scorers: Tom Reed, Lubby Ram, Ravi Johal (2)

Kingswinford started this match timidly and were immediately put under sustained pressure by a confident Stone side who carved out several chances. However, the Kingswinford back line of Surjit Nijjar and Billy Sandhu stood firm and coped admirably with everything thrown at them and when Stone did get through this wall, keeper Chris Rawlings came to the fore with some fine saves. Somewhat against the run of play, Kingswinford took the lead half way through the first half with a fine passing move finished off with good determination in the D by man of the match Tom Reed whose nomination was well deserved for his tireless energy and good forward running creating good chances for himself and those around him. Stone deservedly levelled the score before the break albeit due to a defensive mix-up but in the 2nd half Kingswinford were in confident mood due to an encouraging half time team talk from inspirational skipper Lubby Ram. Lubby himself bagged a superb 2nd Kingswinford goal from a short corner injected with pace by Tim Sanders, stopped by Hari Singh and moved across to Lubby who flicked in with pace from just inside the D.
The introduction of Ranjit Bhadal 10 minutes into the 2nd half produced the experience and support that Ravi Johal usually thrives upon and soon paid dividends with a brace from Ravi due to fine one twos between Ranjit and Ravi. Stone looked shaken after their early promise and despite valiant endeavour were unable to dent the Kingswinford resolve. Overall it was an excellent Kingswinford result to open their league account and there were some battling displays from all their players, especially the evergreen Richard Turner and youngsters , Ieuan, Elliot and Jon who will mature into fine players over the coming years.
Man of the Match: Tom Reed.

Badgers (Match cancelled - no pitch available)
Streetly v Kingswinford

Report of games played on Saturday 25th September 2010

1st Team (Match report by Sonny Matharu)
Barford Tigers 2nd 6 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Sarj Takhar

Another heavy defeat for Kingswinford who fielded a second string 1st team. Barford had their strongest team out and they dominated from start to finish. Barford could easily have scored double figures had Wasim Iqbal not played brilliant in goals for Kingswinford. As always this match had the highest standard of stick skills from both sides and a mid match argument between the teams when some bad tackling by Barford defenders upset K'ford forwards. K'ford had two clear cut chances and both fell to Shahzad Latif but he blasted over the bar on both occasions. Surjit Takhar scored with an excellent strike from a short corner. Man of match again was between Wasim Iqbal and Chris Brown however Iqbal edges it for the 3rd week in a row.

2nd Team (Match report by Tom Hickman)
Barford Tigers 3rd 5 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal Scorers: Sam George, Guneet Uppal

K’ford started well in their final pre-season game before the league starts next week in which they took the lead around 15 minutes into the game with a fine finish from winger Sam George after good work from debutant Ed Parkes. Five minutes before half time Kingswinford doubled their lead through Guneet Uppal who showed that he is going to be a fine player in the future. After the break Barford showed their vast experience and scored five goals but Kingswinford defended with real intensity to deal with the opposition forwards and stop any more goals. Captain Adam Pritchard commented, “Barford were a lot stronger team today especially in the second half but if we continue to play as we did today we will surely win more games in the league.”
Man of the Match – Cole Hickman – tireless running all game and started lots of moves for the forwards.

3rd Team
(Match report by Lubby Ram)
Kingswinford 2 - 5 Barford Tigers 4th
Goal scorers: Ravi Johal, Hari Singh

It was a disappointing start to the game with only 9 players. However, Jordan Webb made his debut for the 3rd team and Tim kindly volunteered to play. The game was played at a good tempo with Barford clearly dominating with their experienced midfield and forward line. Chris Rawlings pulled off a number of fine saves to keep us in the game. However, relentless pressure saw Barford take a two goal lead. We managed to pull a goal back before half time through Ravi Johal. The second half saw Barford attack and their experienced players scored 3 well taken goals We managed to pull back a late goal through Hari Singh. Notable performance from Jordan who showed great future potential and Andy Jaunzems and Ieuan ran constantly throughout the game. Man of the match was close between Ravi Johal and Chris Rawlings; However, I think it should be Chris Rawlings whose saves clearly kept us in the game. I hope he uses the same pre-match preparations throughout the rest of the season whatever they are.

Badgers (Match report by Peter Lloyd)
Kingswinford 0 - 7 Barford Tigers

Barford played a strong team today, so we were against the odds so to speak. From the off we were pressured, with attacks left, right and centre. Jon had another strong game with some solid defending and Andy the Robot, put in some crunching tackles and then successfully cleared the ball. Callum played well, especially on the short corners, where he was on top of the player before he could get a shot off. Jordan was made Man of the Match, after playing well. He got hit in the head early on but returned later on in the match. We had a few near misses in the 2nd half. Tim managed to put in some excellent aerials which he should rightly be proud of. We again played some of the youngsters and they played well and should be proud of themselves, they’re improving fast. In a couple of years time we should have a really good team again to take on Barford and beat them. The final score was a 7-0 loss with the goalie being busy and managing to save about 60 or 70% of the shots, so it gives a good idea of how the game was.

Report of games played on Saturday 18th September 2010

1st Team (Match report by Abrar Baig)
Kingswinford 0 - 2 Pershore

With so many players out this week, Kingswinford had 6 players doubling up for this fixture and having played a tough fixture 2nds match they were tired. However, the effort could not be faulted and Kingswinford went close to scoring within 5 minutes as Surjit Takhar & Daman Johal both had good shots saved. However, Pershore scored first through a well worked short corner. The last 5 minutes of the 1st half saw 3 debatable decisions go against K'ford and this interrupted Takhar’s game with him losing concentration and not recovering his fine form of the first 25 minutes. The second half saw Kingswinford tire and youngsters James Rawlings, Sunny Uppal and Daman Johal, who were otherwise outstanding, fade a little. There were chances for Abra Baig and Daman Johal to square the match but they were unable to convert. Pershore scored in the last 5 minutes to make it 2-0. Man of match was between Parj Sangha, Kuldip Randhawa & Wasim Iqbal. However Iqbal wins it due to 3 very good close range saves to keep score respectable.

2nd Team (Match report by Tom Hickman)
Kingswinford 4 - 3 Pershore
Goal scorers: Cole Hickman (2), Sarj Takhar (2)

Kingswinford 2nds welcomed Pershore to the Dell for a competitive pre-season fixture. Pershore drew first blood against the run of play before Cole Hickman drew K’ford level with a clever flick over the stranded goalkeeper. Pershore showed their experience by grabbing two goals to put them 3-1 up. Kingswinford showed their never die attitude with sub Sarj Takhar scoring twice from short corners before Hickman added a winner from close range.

3rd Team (Match report by Lubby Ram)
Harborne 5th 4 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Ravi Johal

The lack of availability of players in the club did not dampen the commitment of the younger players and this fixture featured a good blend of youth and experience. We played a well experienced Harborne team on a slow, sandy pitch. The match was played at a good tempo with good chances being created by both teams. Ravi Johal had a great chance to put us ahead early on and just shot wide. The home team scored two well taken goals the second of which was an excellent defence splitting through ball. Following a succession of short corners, Ravi managed to get us back into the game. However, as we searched for an equaliser, Harborne exploited the gaps and scored a further 2 goals. Even though, we still attacked and had a number of short corners which we were guilty of not converting our chances.
Notable performances from all our youngsters especially Sam George whose tireless running showed what a great prospect he will be in the future. Man of the match: Sam George.

Badgers (No Match report yet)
Old Wulfrunians 1 - 1 Kingswinford
Goal scorer: Jordan Webb

Report of games played on Saturday 11th September 2010

1st Team (Match report by Shahzad Latif)
Redditch 6 - 2 Kingswinford
Goal scorers: Abrar Baig, Guneet Uppal

Kingswinford took a 'mix and match' team to face a strong Redditch first X1. With 7 regular first team players absent there were debuts for Guneet Uppal, Sunny Uppal and recalls for veterans Hari Singh, Dulla Sandhu, Lubby Ram & Richard Turner. Kingswinford held their own in the first half and restricted Redditch to only 3 goals via short corners. Kings could even boast that they had more chances as super forward Surjit Takhar ran rampage creating several chances. Abra Baig & Guneet Uppal took their chances well and Shahzad Latif went close. At the start of the second half Kings could have made it 3-3 when Sonny Matharu struck the post. However, the final 15 minutes of the game is something that Kings must work on. Fitness totally failed them and Redditch netted 3 goals. Sonny Matharu "We missed our younger players today but well done to the Uppal brothers who, as they develop their game, will be great players for the future". Man of Match – Keeper Wasim Iqbal - 2 world class saves.

2nd Team (Match report by Richard Lloyd)
Redditch 8 - 0 Kingswinford

The Seconds travelled to Redditch Hockey Club on a blistering hot late Summer’s day, to play in their first pre-season friendly. Despite their opponents being several leagues above Kingswinford, it was the away team who started more brightly, but despite several battling runs down the flanks by Richard Lloyd and Sam George, a lack of composure in the D and sloppy passes meant that Kingswinford found themselves a goal down against the run of play. As the match progressed, the opposition’s superior fitness was the difference between the two teams, time and again the defence found themselves trailing behind Redditch’s forwards. Despite some heroics in the goal from Tom Hickman, Kingswinford repeatedly gave the ball away unnecessarily, and their mistakes were cruelly punished. Though the team lost heavily, there were promising signs for the new look team, with captain Adam Pritchard’s drag flick kept out by a top quality save and new boys Edward Parkes, in particular, looking match sharp. The team have another friendly next week against Pershore and are looking to build upon the foundation lain.
Man of the Match – Tom Hickman

3rd Team (Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Club Match

Badgers (Match cancelled due to lack of players)
Club Match