NEMLA – Premiership Week 10 Report

The most surprising of all the results at the weekend was a shock victory for Manchester Wacs who beat highflying Heaton Mersey 10-8.

The result was something that very few would have predicted before the game and now puts Wacs level on points with Brooklands at the bottom of the Premier League.

Mersey were first to score, but Wacs never backed down and took the lead by the end of the opening period, showing the same fearlessness that they did in the game against Stockport last week.

A standout performance from Manchester Wacs goalkeeper Will Stelfox gave his team a massive confidence boost saving over 70% of the shots on target. Attackman Dom Fitzgerald thrived off Stelfox and went on to score five goals to lead the charge for Wacs.

As they entered the final quarter Wacs were ahead by two goals but Mersey remained in the fight and pushed Wacs to one goal within the last few minuets of the game. Youngster Will Cornwell stepped up to ensure that Wacs would claim their first points of the season.

Fitzgerald commented: “Although the score lines in previous weeks haven’t looked good, we have been improving and the performances have been getting better. ‘We have Poynton on the 13th and that will be a big test to see how far we have come from the first game of the season.”

Other goals for Wacs came from Eddie Owen, Reese Eagle and Daniel Matthew who all scored a goal each in the game. Mersey’s goals came from Jamie Gallagher, Ryan Hunns, Jack Matthews and Peter Hayes.

Mersey captain Ant Hayes was disappointed with the team performance: “It was a very poor team performance from us, we could never build any real momentum and as a result made too many errors in the game.”

Timperley travelled to Sheffield Steelers new all-weather facility at the Sheffield Hallam Sports Park in what has now become a luxury in the league, especially at this time of year.

The game was extremely competitive from the start, unfortunately the game was called early (40mins) due to a player sustaining a neck injury and halting proceedings.

Fortunately, Alex Hill has now been released from hospital with whiplash and is recovering at home. Before the game was suspended it was a relatively even game and will now be re-played at the end of the season.

Tom Wenham commented that these were: “two well matched teams and we look forward to playing them with a full strength squad once it’s been rescheduled.”

In the final game of the weekend Brooklands took on Poynton, which produced a close encounter at the Sporty. Brooklands featured a new look roster with two American overseas players being parachuted in for the fixture.

These two players could not make the difference and Poynton took control from the start and would go on to win every quarter in the game. Sam Russell led the charge for Poynton with four goals and an assist.

A standout performance from Brooklands goalie, James Hewitt ensured that his team remained competitive throughout, making some crucial saves in the game.

Joey Esposito led the scorers for Brooklands scoring two goals in the game. Johnny Esposito, Joseph Cara, Gerarde Clothier, Paul Simpson and Jack Murray all contributed with goals for Brooklands.

Other scorers for Poynton included Sam Davidson and Jamie Butler with two goals each, Alex Russell and Tom Giddings both chipped in with a goal apiece. The final score was 10-7 in favor of Poynton.