NEMLA Flags Festival Round 1 Report

The first round of the NEMLA Flags Festival cup took place at the weekend with many of the northern clubs in action all looking to place at next April’s Flags Festival. In the NEMLA Senior Flags, Poynton and Timperley will both progress to the second round with respective victories over Rochdale and Sheffield.

Despite a bright start from the visiting team Poynton came away with a 15-6 victory against Rochdale. The Lancashire club was 2 goals ahead at the end of opening period, however Poynton took the lead in second quarter and never looked back. Key to Poynton’s victory was Sam Davidson and Alex Russell who scored 10 goals between them for the Blackbirds. Rochdale had four different goal scorers with Danny Moody and Rob Nugent leading with two a piece. To read the full match report click HERE.

Timperley made another trip across the Pennines for a first round Senior Flags tie against Sheffield and came back with a convincing 15-8 victory over the Steelers. Canadian import Brian Gillis was on form again with 4 goals and Josh Roden returned for Timperley scoring 3 in his first game for the club in over a year. For the full match report please click HERE.

In the Junior Flags, league leaders Heaton Mersey A were pushed hard by Norbury in an extremely competitive fixture. Mersey A came out on top with an 11-10 victory. In the other games Mellor defeated Leeds 19-4 and Sheffield University secured a comfortable victory over the Newcastle Knights 17-2 to progress to the next round.

In the Stockport Cup, Ashton defeated Wilmslow A 11-9 and Rochdale A beat Loughborough 16-11. The other first round fixtures between Brooklands A vs. Hull and Ruthin vs. Liverpool will take place next weekend. Read Hull Lacrosse Clubs round-up of the Stockport Cup first round: HERE

The the North League 1’s Lancashire Cup round one saw Mellor A and Stockport B both progress to the next round. Mellor A comfortably beat Manchester Wacs A 15-6 and Stockport B beat Norbury A 16-8.

In the North League 2 the David Beesley Cup first round saw the City of Stoke A lose their tie against Heaton Mersey C 22-2, in the other tie Manchester Wacs B beat Cheadle Hulme B by one goal 6-5 to progress to the next round.

In the Premiership this weekend league leaders Stockport take on the reigning champions Cheadle in a top of the table clash. Both sides are undefeated so far this season and will be looking for early bragging rights and breathing space with no play-off game to look forward to at the end of the season. Other games this weekend include Heaton Mersey against Brooklands, Manchester Wacs against Wilmslow, Poynton will face Rochdale for the second time in two weeks and Timperley will host the Sheffield Steelers for the third time in five weeks.