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NEMLA – Week 8 Report – Poynton Claim A Historic Victory

Poynton claimed a historic victory at the weekend beating Cheadle 9-8. The game was a hard-hitting and fast-paced encounter with Poynton producing an excellent team performance to beat the reigning league and flags champions for the first time in the clubs 41 year history.

Team England goalie Will Baxter was singled out for his performance in the game, saving 14 from 21 shots (67%). Goal scorers for the Blackbirds included Tom Giddings and Jovan Miller who led the scoring with a brace of goals each. Other goal scorers included Sam Russell, Alex Russell, Sam Davidson and Tom Brook.

For Cheadle, Chris Brady was dominant as usual at the face-off winning 14 from 18 draws. Goal scorers included Dan Condron with three goals, he remains the league goal leader with 26 so far this season. Sam Dexter scored a brace, Nick Watson and Darren Baythorpe also contributed with a goal each.

Poynton Coach Mike Bartlett commented; “The game was a close affair throughout and either team could have emerged victorious at the final whistle. Cheadle were incredibly hard to break down, fought hard for every ball and moved the ball and their feet well, but we kept our heads focussed on our own abilities and game plan and once we got ahead in the match, we never looked back.”

“Special credit must go to Will Baxter who was outstanding at the back, registering a 67% save ratio and single-handedly keeping the game within reach at times and playing a huge role in us registering our first Premiership win against Cheadle in our history.” Read the complete and detailed match report here: LINK (courtesy of Poynton Lacrosse Club)

Brooklands secured a vital two points away at Bridgeford Road at the weekend. The visitors got off to a fantastic start with captain Ryan Sweetman and youngster Oliver Curtis both scoring two each in the opening quarter. Rochdale only managed to reply with a single goal.

The second quarter was much the same for Brooklands with another strong performance adding two further goals thanks to James Ready and Jack Murray. In the third, Rochdale finally started gain some momentum and managed to tie the game, but Ryan Sweetman stepped up again to ensure that Brooklands remained in front.

The final quarter was a tense for both clubs. Rochdale managed to tie the game mid way through the quarter and with seconds to go Tim Collins managed to find through the Rochdale defence and past Jack Brook to claim a vital two points for his club.

Captain Vince Cara commented: “This was a must win game for us, our fast start really helped us get a footing in the game. Unfortunately we let them come back in but a moment of brilliance with 2 seconds left gave us a much needed win.”

Stockport continued their 100% record with a 13-5 victory away at Heaton Mersey at the weekend. The league leaders made short work of their opponents in the opening two quarters taking 7-1 lead in to the half.

Mersey were not without chances in the game, they had 28 shots in total with Ben McAllister making an impressive 13 saves. Mersey would also go on to have a strong final quarter performance, but the damage was already done.

Stockport welcomed the return of Greg Rowlinson who was playing for the first time in a month and showed no signs of being rusty, scoring four goals in the game.

Other goal scorers for Stockport included Tom Gosnay, Steve Howe with a brace of goals. Joe Singleton, Rick Jones, Mike Pomfret and Lewis Curtis also contributed with a goal each.

Weather depending, all ten Premiership teams should be back in action this weekend with Brooklands hosting the league leaders Stockport. Heaton Mersey will face the Sheffield Steelers, Poynton face Manchester Waconians, Rochdale take on Timperley and Wilmslow host Cheadle.

Top 5 NEMLA Premiership Goal Leaders (After 8 Games)
1. Danny Condron (Cheadle) – 26
2. Tom Gosnay (Stockport) – 24
3. Ollie White (Timperley) – 19
4. Alex Russell (Poynton) – 18
5. Josh Sherry-Brennan (Stockport) – 17

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