NEMLA – Week 14 Premiership Report

Last Saturday saw the eagerly anticipated re-match between Cheadle and Stockport at Kingsway Sports Club. The game was a thriller from start to finish, ending in an eight all draw.

The match got off to a tense start with both sides missing chances to take an early lead. Stockport would eventually step-up, scoring two goals late in the opening period, to take control of the game.

However, Cheadle were never out of the fight and were hot on their heels throughout the second period, eventually tying the score, but Stockport would edge ahead by a further two goals just before the half (2-4).

The final period was the most exciting for the neutral, with Cheadle mounting a late rally and Stockport wasting a one-goal lead and a chance to run the clock down with a minuet left in the game.

A goal down, and with seconds on the clock, Cheadle looked to American LDO Sean Wright to tie the game, and he did not let them down, with a strong drive to goal, Wright managed to sneak the equalizer past Ben McAllister, who was Stockport’s star performer with 18 saves in the game.

This result lines up an exciting end of season clash when the two teams meet in the play-offs. Cheadle are in the driving seat taking a narrow one goal lead in to the game (head-to-head goal difference), should Stockport beat Cheadle by two goals they will be crowned league champions.

Elsewhere, Heaton Mersey got their revenge on Manchester Waconians with a dominant 15-5 performance at Didsbury Sports Club. Wacs shocked everyone in November with a 10-8 victory, so Mersey were keen to re-pay the favor.

This weekend Mersey will travel to Poynton, the last time the two met in October the game went right to the wire, with Mersey holding out for a 13-10 victory.

Mersey has a game in hand over Poynton, holds a three-point advantage and superior goal difference, but that should make the game no less exciting to watch.

A win for Poynton would secure a spot in the play-offs, however, with Timperley hot on their heels, trailing by just one point, it’s a do or die game for the Blackbirds.

Timperley travel to Manchester Wacs knowing only a win will do if they want any chance of claiming fourth spot.

Sheffield Steelers have now secured 6th place in the league, completing their regular season schedule with a 12-5 loss to Timperley last weekend.

Manchester Wacs and Brooklands are now battling not to finish bottom, with both clubs currently on four points with only this weekends game remaining.

Manchester Wacs hold a one-goal advantage on goal difference, so it’s all to play for this weekend. Brooklands travel to 2nd place Stockport.

With spots in the play-offs still up for grabs and a battle at the bottom of the table, this is guaranteed be an exciting weekend of lacrosse.

Photo Credit: Lee Warburton