NEMLA – Premier League Week 3 Report

This weekend marked the third week of NEMLA Premiership action. The reigning champions Cheadle were back in action, Sheffield claimed their first victory of the season, and Stockport go three points clear at the top of the table.

Stockport 16-5 Timperley
Stockport extended their lead at the top of the Northern Premiership with a dominant performance over Timperley at Cale Green.

A standout performance from Stockport’s Tom Patterson at the face-off x ensured the hosts enjoyed plenty of possession winning 17 from 24 face-offs. This allowed his team to build an 8-0 lead in the opening two quarters that Timperley could not recover from.

Timperley briefly fought back in the third quarter, moving the ball with purpose and managing to score three past McAllister and the Stockport defence.

Timperley captain Mike Armstrong took positives from the game, “It was tough but we found value in the game, we had some long defensive and offensive sets, and we have plenty to work on and develop for our upcoming games.”

Stockport co-captain Tom Gosnay said, “I think we’ve shown real control and discipline in our three opening games. It’s disappointing that we now have to wait two weeks until our next game, but we have to stay focused in this break as we have some of our toughest games still to come.”

Timperley goal scorers: Resh Panesar – 1, Mike Armstrong – 1, Jason Armstrong – 1, James Bates – 1 and Oliver White – 1. Stockport goal scorers: Tom Gosnay – 3, Greg Rowlinson – 3, Adrian Wright –3, Sean Smith – 2, Mark Reynolds – 2, Stevie Howe – 2 and Tom Patterson – 1.

Stockport will travel to Poynton on October 25th while Timperley will play Brooklands this upcoming weekend.

Cheadle 13-5 Poynton
Cheadle started their season in emphatic style, with a crushing victory over second placed Poynton.

The reigning champions had to wait two weeks to get their campaign underway and in their first game they showed no signs of being rusty as they raced to an early 4-0 lead in the opening quarter.

Glen Humphries was on fine form for Cheadle scoring four goals. American Sean Wright also looks to be settling in nicely with three goals in the game.

Pete Condron’s side were dominant in all areas no more so than at the face-off x where England International Chris Brady won 12 from 20 face-offs against Poynton’s Rob Hutchinson.

Cheadle goal scorers: Glen Humphries – 4, Sean Wright – 3, Ady Bennett – 2, Sam Dexter – 2, Danny Smith – 1 and Paul Flowers – 1. Poynton goal scorers: Alex Russell – 3, Sam Davidson – 1 and Sam Russell – 1.

Brooklands 5-16 Sheffield Steelers
Sheffield Steelers claimed two points and their first victory of the season in a crunch fixture against Brooklands Hulmeians.

Brooklands were first on the scoreboard with a goal from James Ready but Sheffield fought back to go ahead 2-1 at the end of the opening period.

Steelers upped the tempo in the second and third quarter extending their lead to 12-2 going in to the final period of play.

The final period saw Brooklands get the upper hand, taking advantage of a number of extra-man opportunities and they added three goals, but it was too little, too late and the game finished 16-5 to Steelers.

Rob Hopkin’s was the star performer for Sheffield with 6 goals and 1 assists, he was also named man of the match by his teammates. Sheffield spread the goals evenly with 8 different players claiming points.

Head Coach Tom Wenham believes Saturday’s game was a step in the right direction for his team as they get to grips with Premiership 1 Lacrosse.

“We hurt ourselves with daft penalties, particularly in the last quarter which killed our momentum but overall it was a strong performance and a real feeling that we’re moving in the right direction.”

Brooklands goal scorers: James Ready 3, Joe Cara 1, and Johnny Esposito 1.

Sheffield will host Cheadle this upcoming weekend, while Brooklands will travel down the road to Timperley.