NEMLA – Premiership Week 7 Report

Stockport 21-2 Sheffield
Sheffield faced a tough task away to Stockport at the weekend; the young Steeler’s side have been playing some impressive lacrosse so far this season but were without head coach Tom Wenham as they faced the league leaders.

Sheffield have shown in previous games this season that they can compete with the best teams in the league. The Stockport game plan was simple, to come out strong and put the visitors on the back foot from the first whistle.

Stockport executed the game plan perfectly, Tom Patterson providing his team with all the possession they required from the middle and some excellent ball movement made short work of the Steelers defence resulting in a 6 goal lead in the opening quarter, With the only goal for the Steelers coming from Ben Springer.

When Sheffield did posses the ball they took there chances with caution, looking for the high percentage shot, rather than forcing an opportunity. This meant long possessions of the ball and trying to make Stockport react by pressing out, to allow space for their two-man crease play to have effect.

By half time the score stood at 7-1 with Sheffield getting some good opportunities on the Stockport goal, but a fantastic first team debut from Sam Ives in goal ensured he kept his teams score margin to an absolute minimum. In the third period Sheffield would get their second and final goal of the game, but Stockport extended their lead further to 13-2.

A feisty final period from both sides may have made it an enjoyable final period to watch for the spectators, but the same could not be said for the coaches as players from both sides served time in the penalty box.

Stockport would soon find their momentum and piled on the pressure with some excellent fast and slow break goals adding eight more to their total to finish the game 21-2 victors.

Tom Gosnay was the star performer for Stockport scoring five goals; Greg Rowlinson scored four, LDO Sean Smith and Stevie Howe had three goals in the game. Sam Patterson with two goals. Tom Williamson, Tom Patterson, Lewis Curtis and Adrian Wright each got a goal.

Manchester Wacs 2-11 Cheadle
In the other game of the weekend, Cheadle claimed another win against bottom of the league Manchester Wacs. The champions are still without a number of influential players but are getting the points on the board.

A dominant performance from Sam Dexter and LDO Sean Wright ensured Cheadle would prevail both contributing four goals each in the game. Nick Watson was not as lethal as he was last week but still contributed two goals and three assist for his new club. Glen Humphrys also got on the score sheet with a single goal.

Cheadle may not have been firing on all cylinders offensively, but defensively they handled Wacs with relative ease in the opening two quarters and in fact the game, only conceding two goals. Cheadle’s goalie Nick Anderton faced seven shots, in which he made five saves in the game.

Wacs had to wait until the second half to get a point on the board with a goal from Eddie Owen, the second came from Reese Eagle. Wacs goalie Will Stelfox was also kept busy, facing 21 shots in the game and making 10 saves.

Captain Eddie Owen: “It was a well contested game, we shared a good amount of possession, Cheadle maintained their match-ups well throughout the game.”

Manchester Wacs must now look to their next fixture against Timperley, another tough tie to kick start their season and get some points on the board. Cheadle will host Heaton Mersey in what could be an interesting and competitive game. Mersey have been steadily improving as they get the balance between youth and experience to work for them. But with another week off, momentum will be with Cheadle coming into this game.