NEMLA – Premiership Week 10 Report

Brooklands surprised everyone this weekend with a surprise victory away to on-form Sheffield Steelers (11-9) and give them a lifeline in their battle remain in the Premiership next season.

The visitors had to fight hard for the result, with Sheffield starting the quickest and going ahead in the opening quarter. A dominant second quarter from Brooklands, put the game all but out of reach for the Steelers, scoring six unanswered goals.

Captain Ryan Sweetman was full of praise for his team: “It was a must win game if we wanted to go into Christmas break on a high. We knew it would be close and give credit to Sheffield for making us work hard for it. Lots of positives going into next week“

Sheffield coach Tom Wenham was disappointed in the team performance: “Worst performance of the season as a team. Brooklands deserved to win and we absolutely deserved to lose.”

However, he was encouraged with the youngsters in his side: “Main positive we can take was the selection of three 16 year olds who will all have great 1st team careers ahead of them.”

A standout performance from Ryan Sweetman ensured victory for Brooklands with six goals, proving himself as Brooklands most consistent player so far this season.

Other goals from James Ready, Joe Cara, Vince Cara and Johnny Esposito allowed the visitors to clinch their second victory of the season and their fourth league point with five games remaining in the regular season. However, Sheffield is still a point ahead of Brooklands having played the same number of games.

In the second game Poynton let go a four-goal lead to allow Cheadle to continue their unbeaten run in the league. The hosts controlled the game from the first whistle, opting for long possessions and high percentage chances on the Cheadle goal, at the end of the quarter Poynton held a commanding 5-1 lead.

The second period saw Cheadle level the scores thanks to a large proportion of man-up opportunities and Chris Brady taking control of the face-offs to give his team the best possible springboard to get back in the game. The score at halftime stood at 5-5.

The third period saw Cheadle take the lead for the first time in the game and added a second soon after. Poynton replied with a single goal to make the score 7-8.

In typical Cheadle style they held their nerve and produced a dominant final quarter performance to put the game beyond the hosts to finish 6-11.

Poynton’s star man was youngster Jamie Butler who was on fine form scoring four goals in the game, Alex Russell contributed the remaining goals for the Blackbirds.

The goals were spread evenly for Cheadle with Nick Watson, Sean Wright, Ady Bennett and Dan Condron all scoring two goals each, and Sam Dexter and Glen Humphrys contributing with a single goal each.

In the final game Timperley hosted Stockport, the score line may not suggest it, but Timperley caused Stockport plenty of problems in the opening period.

The hosts were the first on the board and possessed the ball for large periods of the opening quarter. The poor state of the pitch did not suit Stockport and it took them until the second period to open up the tightly packed Timperley defence to edge ahead by a single goal at the half.

Another tight quarter in the third saw Stockport extend their lead by a single goal. But a stellar final quarter from Stockport ensured they would go on to win comfortably and finished the game 10-2 ahead.

Goal scorers for Stockport included Greg Rowlinson with three goals, Tom Gosnay, Joe Singleton, Sean Smith provided two goals each and Adrian Wright contributing with single goal in the game. Timperley goal scorers included Alex Winton and Mike Armstrong.