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NEMLA – Rochdale give Cheadle a fright and Timperley overcome Mersey

Last weekend saw Timperley back in action following a five week intermission, they faced off against Heaton Mersey who last played two weeks ago against Poynton. Both sides have top four ambitions this season and this game was of upmost importance to both clubs.

Mersey capitalised on Timperley’s absence from competition and raced ahead to a 4-1 lead in the opening quarter. Mersey continued in similar fashion in the second quarter and added another goal. The ensuing Timperley time-out gave the captains an opportunity to focus minds and kick-start their game.

Timperley capitalised on a couple of man-up opportunities converted by Cam Lesley and Brian Gillis, plus a Mike Armstrong goal, that brought them back into the game trailing 6-4 at the half. Mersey made Timperley work hard to get back in the game and every time they look to be drawing level Mersey kept themselves a goal or two in front.

The third quarter saw Mersey’s luck run out and Timperley were able to put pressure on the visitors winning possession in the middle, and by creating more chances on the Mersey goal. Andrew Brickell was on target and had a great assist to Ollie White that set up a thrilling last 20 minutes.

In the final quarter saw both sides have chances, but having trailed for the entire game and with 5 minutes remaining, the momentum was very much in Timperley’s favour. With the game firmly in hosts hands, they decided to run down the clock and claim an important two points for the club.

Timperley captain and England international Mike Armstrong was impressive with 2 goals and 3 assists. Veteran midfielder Andrew Brickell also scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists. Canadian Brian Gillis scored 2 goals and also contributed 2 assists. Oliver White and Oliver Loveland each contributed 2 goals and youngster Cameron Lesley also had a goal in the game.

The only other game at the weekend saw Rochdale give Cheadle a fright in their first league game since December 5th. Rochdale were back in action following a disappointing one goal loss to rivals Wilmslow last weekend. A slow start in that game cost the Lancashire side in the latter stages of the game, this week the opposite was true.

Rochdale got off to a fantastic start putting 7 goals past the reigning Premier League and Flags champions in the opening half, despite missing England international Glen Humphries. Rochdale were impressive at both ends of the field. Youngster Jack Brook had a great game in goal, and in attack in-form trio Danny Moody, Dave Watson and Nathan Colclough were the main contributors to Rochdale early lead. At half-time the hosts held a 7-4 lead.

The second half saw Cheadle resume normal service, the champions scored an impressive seven un-answered goals to take the lead in the game. Injuries to Rochdale midfielder Lewis Jacobs and attacker Dan Moody didn’t help the hosts. The final quarter went much the same way as the third, with six goals from Cheadle with no reply, final score 17-8.

Dan Condron was top scorer for Cheadle with 6 in the game. Ex-England International Ady Bennett made a welcome return to the side and scored 4 goals and contributed 3 assists after a lengthy injury. Nick Watson was also potent for Cheadle and scored 3 goals and 4 assists, Sam Dexter scored 2 and captain Paul Flowers and Mathew Boyd also got on the score sheet.

Rochdale goal scorers included Danny Moody who was top point scorer for his team with 3 goals. Dave Watson and youngster Nathan Colclough each scored 2 in the game and Gregg Gott was also on the score sheet with a goal.

This weekend see’s all 10 Premiership sides back in action. League leaders Stockport travel to bottom of the league Sheffield. Wilmslow entertain Timperley at the Phoenix Sports Club. Heaton Mersey take on Manchester Waconians. Cheadle travel to Brooklands and Rochdale host Poynton.

Image credit: Lee Warburton Photography