NEMLA – Poynton beat rivals Mersey to go second

Another weekend in NEMLA where the weather was the deciding factor, cancelling all but two fixtures. The two games that were played saw Poynton defeat Heaton Mersey to move to in to second and in a battle at the other end of the table, Wilmslow defeated Rochdale in a close fought game.

The game between Poynton and Mersey promised to be the most exciting fixture of the weekend, both teams are evenly matched and have had a similar run of results so far this season.

Poynton got off to a perfect start scoring six un-answered goals in the opening quarter. Mersey having not played since December 19th certainly looked rusty to begin with but would soon utilised their speedy midfielders to score three well worked transition goals before half-time.

The third quarter saw Mersey take control for a brief period, helped by ex-Rutgers defender Kevin Albert who was dominant at the face-off X, and managed to come within two goals of their hosts.

Poynton soon regained control of the game and put the score line out of reach of the visitors, Mersey would counter with another two but ran out of time.

The result now puts Poynton 2nd on the same points as Cheadle, but with a superior goal difference over last years champions. Mersey remain in 4th and travel to Timperley this weekend in what could be another highly competitive fixture.

In the other game at the weekend, Wilmslow were back in action following a disappointing result against the Sheffield Steelers last week. They faced a Rochdale side that has been out of action for five weeks.

The last fixture between these two teams played saw the Lancashire club come out on top in an extremely competitive fixture 11-10. This game was no different with the game going to the wire.

A lacklustre start from both teams, both deciding to control possession saw the opening quarter end in a 2-2 stalemate. The second quarter however saw Wilmslow dominate possession and build a commanding lead in the game.

In the third quarter Rochdale started to find some form, controlling possession from the face-off and building momentum in attack and winning the final two quarters.

The main threats for Wilmslow included Harrison Parr, Chris Mountney and captain Tim Witt who all registered hat-ricks in the game. Jason Perrin added two more to Wilmslow’s score and Henry Northrop, Sam Burgees and Richard Wilson all scored the others.

Youngster Nathan Colclogh was impressive for Rochdale scoring five, the 16-year old is starting to show real promise for the Lancashire club. Other goal scorers for Rochdale included Danny Moody, David Watson and Glen Humphries with two goals each, Lewis Jacobs also contributed with a goal.

This weekends fixtures include a crunch match between Heaton Mersey and Timperley both looking for a top four finish this season. Brooklands host second placed Poynton. Cheadle are back in action against Rochdale and Wilmslow host Manchester Waconians.