NEMLA Review

In predictable fashion Stockport dispatched the young Timperley side 17-4 on their way to another league title. I’m running out of things to say about this team, they seem unbeatable… someone is going to need to step up and at least run them close in the flags this year.

Similarly Cheadle took down the Poynton “Blackbirds” 16-6. Cheadle prove time and again they are capable of putting big scores in against good sides, but so far Stockport have proven just a step too far. If Cheadle are going to be the ones to upset Stockport they will need their opposition in other weeks to push them closer, and keep the level of play high. They seem capable, with multiple options on attack and a first team standard player typically playing on their ‘A’ most weeks, not to mention the continuing success of Chris Brady on face offs.

Wacs managed to put in a good performance this week, upsetting number 3 in the table Mellor by a margin of five goals. Home field advantage won true and the Didsbury boys pulled away from a 9-6 lead in the final few minutes to clinically deny any form of Mellor come back. Dave O’Callaghan got the Wacs lads off to a great start, winning fast breaks from the face off ‘x’ on three consecutive occasions. Will Stellfox was outstanding again in goal, stuffing multiple opportunities close in for the Mellor midfield, who missed the support of quarter back Freddie Evans.

Wacs are clawing their way back up the table now having played more games than most teams, they will need to keep the momentum from this game going forward, and hope the likes of Eddie Owen, Dom Fitzgerald and Paul Ryan can keep proving to be a class above the competition.
Without a doubt the most unexpected result was Heaton Mersey narrowly avoiding the shock of the season this weekend, coming very close to a Wilmslow side that has spent much of its time struggling. This is a good result for the Styal road side, who have proven they can run with anyone now – it could have been a great result if they had held on until the end. Suffering from the loss of team mates Nick Watson and Jak Wawrzyniak to the U.S Mersey fell back on their face off man and stand out player this year Tom Gallon, scoring a left handed life saver in the dying minutes of the game to win it for Mersey.

Boardman 11 – Sheff uni 8

Boardman are starting to catch up on all their games in hand, and with that creeping up the table too, having finally over taken a couple of teams on games played. Unlike Sheffield Uni, Wilmslow and Poynton Boardman have managed to keep their goal difference quite low, and the more games their attacking end play together the more chances they should create. Despite losing stand-out midfielder Max Leonard earlier in the year the team still have a number of threats up front they can lean on in tough games.

The middle of the table is where the league is interesting, and competition for the third spot is going to continue increasing, with Cheadle and Stockport running away with the top two. Now that Wilmslow and Sheffield’s student side are putting in better performances there could be big competition from the bottom sides too, leaving plenty of scope for upsets in the remaining weeks.