NEMLA – Week 5 Report

In this weeks highlight game, Cheadle came from behind to secure victory over Heaton Mersey in closely contested game 12-9 at Kingsway Sports Club. Heaton Mersey started the brightest leading the opening two quarters and held a narrow one goal lead (5-6) at the half. The second half the decisions didn’t go Mersey’s way and this gave Cheadle a foothold back in the game. The hosts took the lead late in the third quarter (7-8) and in the final quarter they went on to score a further five with Mersey only managing one in reply.

Key to Cheadle’s victory was youngster Charlie Symes who was impressive again at the face-off X. Dan Condron led his team again with 5 goals, Nick Watson and Sam Dexter both scored 3 each. Matthew Boyd scored two goals and captain Darren Baythorpe scored one. For Mersey, Jamie Gallagher scored a hat-rick, Josh Kinder and Ryan Hunns both scored two each and Peter Hayes and Ben Smith also got on the scoresheet.

Poynton produced a convincing over Sheffield Steelers at the weekend beating the Yorkshire side 17-2.  Poynton raced to an early lead, putting 10 goals past the Steelers with the hosts only managing to find the target once in the opening two quarters. Poynton extended their lead further in the second half scoring 7 more goals.

Alex Russell and Jamie Butler were Poynton’s top scorers in the game with 4 goals each. Ex-Syracuse midfielder Jovan Miller and Sam Davidson each chipped in with 2 goals. Sam Russell, Josh Robinson, Bill Fisher, Tom Giddings and Doug Homan were also on the scoresheet. The result now puts the Blackbirds fourth in the Premiership behind Timperley with a game in hand.

League leaders Stockport managed come from behind against Wilmslow to seal their 5th consecutive victory of the season. Wilmslow started brightly and put Stockport under pressure from the first whistle. Rick Wilson was impressive for the hosts winning a large proportion of the face-off possession to give Wilmslow the spring board they needed to build a 4-2 lead in the first quarter.

Stockport recovered from their sloppy start and tied the game just before halftime 6-6. They extended their lead further in the third and fourth quarters to win the game 14-10. Stevie Howe led Stockport in scoring with 5 goals. Tom Gosnay continued his run of good form scoring a hat-rick. Josh Sherry-Brennan and Rick Jones each scored two goals and Tom Patterson and Joe Singleton completed the scoring for Stockport.

Timperley move to third in Premiership at the weekend with a convincing 20-10 victory over Brooklands, despite missing goalie Tim Blower. Ollie White continued his hot streak scoring 9 goals to put him joint first place in the goal leader table. Canadian Brain Gillis continued to impress his new club scoring 6 in his second game. Other scorers for Timperley included James Bates with 2 goals. Mike Armstrong, Andrew Brickell and Oliver Loveland all contributed with a goal each.

Manchester Waconians secured their first victory of the season beating Rochdale at Didsbury Sports Club. Goal scorers for Wac’s included Billy Kershaw and Eddie Owen and Dom Fitzgerald who all scored two, Luke Maloney, Zac Guy and Matthew Collier were the other scorers for Manchester as they sealed a 9-8 victory. For Rochdale Danny Moody, Lewis Jacobs and Dave Watson all managed to find the back of the net twice. Glen Humphreys and Danny Matthews each contributed a goal each.

This weekend see’s the first round of the NEMLA cup competitions. In the Senior Flags four teams are featured with Poynton hosting Rochdale at Poynton Sports Club and Timperley travelling to Sheffield Hallam Sports Village to face the Sheffield Steelers. In the Junior Flags; top of the table Heaton Mersey A face Norbury, Leeds host Mellor and Sheffield University take on the Newcastle Knights. In the Stockport Cup; Ashton host Wilmslow A, Brooklands face Hull, Loughborough host Rochdale A and Ruthin take on Liverpool. Finally in the Lancashire Cup; Manchester Wacs A take on Mellor A and Norbury A take on Stockport B.

Top 5 NEMLA Premiership Goal Leaders (After 5 Games)
1. Danny Condron (Cheadle) – 19
2. Ollie White (Timperley) – 19
3. Tom Gosnay (Stockport) – 18
4. Josh Sherry-Brennan (Stockport) – 16
5. Alex Russell (Poynton) – 13

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