We take a look at the second round of the NEMLA Premiership which saw Poynton and Timperley get back to their winning ways with comfortable victories over both Sheffield and Brooklands, while an early top of the league clash between Stockport and Mersey proves to be a one sided affair.
Stockport 11-2 Heaton Mersey
Stockport beat rivals Heaton Mersey to extend their lead at the top of the Northern Premiership by a point.
Stockport had a blistering start, taking a five-goal lead at the end of the opening quarter. Tom Patterson was dominant at the face-off X for Stockport ensuring the home side could control the flow of traffic.
Mersey did reply with a goal from Ryan Hunns at the end of the quarter, but the damage had already been done, and they struggled to get a foothold back in the game.
In a relatively low scoring second half both teams found it hard to get past their respective keepers as both Gareth Roberts and Ben McAllister had excellent games.
The goal drought ended in the last period with both teams opening up and playing more aggressively. Stockport extended their lead and finished the game 11-2. Stockport
Vice-captain Tom Gosnay was without Andrew Baxter and James Morris but with the return of Mark Reynolds and Ryan Leonard he had a more than capable team for Saturday’s game. “We knew Mersey were going to be a tough opponent, I think they shocked everyone last week with such a convincing win over Timperley, so we wanted a good start, we stuck to that game plan and it paid off.”
Timperley 11-6 Sheffield Steelers
Timperley bounced back from their disappointing start to the season with a comfortable victory over newly promoted Sheffield Steelers.
The Altrincham side raced to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. On form attackman Ollie White was Timperley’s danger man scoring six in the game. Greg Sandy provided two goals while Blake Crossman and James Bates both contributed singles.
Timperley captain Mike Armstrong was pleased with his teams performance “It was good to restore some normality from last weeks disappointment, I still feel we have gears to be found but we are coming together nicely.”
Sheffield, who last week started their season off on a good footing with a draw to Poynton, found Timperley a far tougher opponent. They will now travel to Brooklands this weekend and will hope to register their first victory of the season.
Poynton 15-5 Brooklands
The Russell brothers put on a goal scoring master class against newly promoted Brooklands, each scoring 6 in a dominant performance for the Blackbirds.
After a disappointing start to the season the Cheshire side needed a win to get their season back on track. Sam and Alex Russell were on form for the Blackbirds scoring 12 of the 15 goals between them. Additional goals came from Josh Robinson, Jamie Butler and youngster Alex Huntley.
Poynton were missing a number of regulars and captain Sam Russell decided to go with youth rather than experience to replace them; “It was great to give some of the younger players some exposure at this level, they never looked out of place and they were a credit to themselves and the club.”
Ryan Sweetman was Brooklands danger man with a hat-rick of goals. Vince Cara, Jack Murray and Johnny Esposito also got on the score sheet. Brooklands will be looking to get their first league win of the season, when they host Sheffield in what could turn out to be a crunch fixture for both clubs.
Written by: Sam Patterson
Photo Credit: Lee Warburton
Cheadle vs. Poynton
Stockport vs. Timperley
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