Stockport produced a convincing 9-4 victory over title rivals Cheadle at the weekend and go four points clear at the top of the Premiership table. The reigning champions started well with two back-to-back goals from Nick Watson and Chris Brady however Stockport managed to recover from their sluggish start to tie the game before the end of the opening period 2-2.
In the second quarter the visitors went ahead by a further two goal’s and extended their lead again in the third with another two goals 6-2. Cheadle rallied (as they always do) in the final period and managed to breakdown a strong defensive performance from Stockport with goals from Sam Dexter and Danny Condron. Stockport went on to score a further two goals with 16-year old Mike Pomfret scoring both to seal victory.
The victors had seven different scorers in the game, with midfielders Joe Singleton and youngster Mike Pomfret both bagging two. Other goals came from Tom Gosnay, Tom Patterson, Stevie Howe and Josh Sherry-Brennan who all got on the scoresheet. Tom Patterson was also impressive in the middle beating Cameron Symes to win a large percentage of the face-off possession for Stockport.
The biggest result of the weekend was undoubtedly Brookland’s victory over Heaton Mersey. Despite only fielding twelve players, Brooklands shocked Mersey beating them 14-9 in a high intensity game. The hosts got off to a good start with captain Ryan Sweetman scoring the games opening goal. Mersey were quick to reply but Brooklands took the lead again, thanks to Tim Collins who was impressive throughout, winning 21 out of 25 of the face-off’s in the game. At the half the score stood at 6-4.
In the third quarter Mersey came out fighting. Brooklands making mistakes and gifting Mersey with some valuable possession which they converted, the quarter finished 8-7 with Brooklands still in front. The final quarter saw Brooklands score three back-to-back man-up goals and also add a further two 6v6 to put the game beyond Mersey and allow the hosts to claim a famous victory.
Goal scorers for Brooklands included youngster Oliver Curtis and veteran Paul Simpson who both scored four in the game. Ryan Sweetman contributed with a hat-rick of goals and Jack Muarry, Tim Collin and Sam Wilks all got on the scoresheet with a goal each. Co-captain Vince Cara stressed it was a team performance but identified two players who were instrumental in Brookland’s victory “A special mention should go to Tim Collins and Hal Dwobeng for their exceptional effort at both the face off X and in goal respectively. However there was no way in which a man of the match could be selected as everyone played their role in a great win.”
In our final game in this weeks report, Poynton sealed their third victory of the season with a 15-5 win over Rochdale. Poynton got off to a good start with the scores standing at 8-3 after the first two periods. They added a further seven goals in the second half with Rochdale only being able to find the back of the net twice.
The Blackbirds had eight different goal scorers in the game with Alex Russell and Jovan Miller leading the scoring with three each. Sam Russell, Toms Giddings and Alix Davidson each scored two goals. Josh Robinson, Jamie Butler and Sam Davidson also got on the scoresheet. Glen Humphries scored a hat-rick for Rochdale he was joined by Lewis Jacobs who scored two goals in the game.
The game between Timperley and Sheffield was postponed due to pitch conditions.
This weekend see’s league leaders Stockport take on Poynton, Cheadle take on Brooklands, Heaton Mersey face Rochdale and Manchester Wacs are back in action against the Sheffield Steelers. The other preliminary Stockport Cup fixtures also take place at the weekend with Brooklands A taking on Hull and Ruthin hosting Liverpool.
Top 5 NEMLA Premiership Goal Leaders (After 6 Games)
1. Danny Condron (Cheadle) – 20
2 Tom Gosnay (Stockport) – 19
3. Ollie White (Timperley) – 19
4. Josh Sherry-Brennan (Stockport) – 17
5. Alex Russell (Poynton) – 16
Photo Credit: Lee Warburton