North Women’s League Update

Saturday 7th November

Mersey 15 -5 Stockport
Stockport would like to thank Heaton Mersey for switching venues as the bonfire at Stockport meant their pitch was unavailable. It was a great performance from both teams. Mersey’s midfield worked tirelessly to mark Stockport’s key attacking players throughout the match. Stockport’s attackers, particularly Allie Walsh, definitely made the Mersey defenders work hard. Charlotte Raymer (top goal scorer) had an amazing game in Heaton Mersey’s attack – scoring every shot she took, leading the team to victory with 6 goals. Mersey’s MVPs were Jenny Scott and Jen Abbott. They dominated the midfield and were a constant presence on the pitch tracking back and man marking key players from Stockport. Allie Welsh and Ellie Gosnay were MVPs for Stockport, scoring two goals each and being influential in all areas. A special mention (and a warm welcome back) to four of Stockport’s players Millie Johnson, Emma Mooney, Megan Leonard and Christine Bland who played for the first time this season.

Timperley 20-6 Brooklands
Timperley started well, winning the draws but struggled to convert this possession into goals due to some great saves from the Brooklands goalkeeper and some poor decision making in front of goal. Timperley used their plays to help them take control and get a few goals on the score sheet but Brooklands were putting up a good fight. Going into half time Timperley were up 10-5. Brooklands’ defence started off quietly but after a timeout, the talk got louder and they were defending much better, their attack managed to pass the ball well around goal, leading to goals from Lydia Hewitt, Georgina Owen and Janika Macmillan. Timperley went into the second half confident that they could up their game. There were still some sloppy ground balls but Steph Hallows led by example and helped Timperley take control. Nicola Swallow (top goal scorer) added to her first half tally, cleaning up rebounds and putting them away. In the defence, Timperley’s double teams and better sliding kept Brooklands down to a single second half goal. Brooklands’ MVPs went to Flora and Iona Whyte, who both played in midfield, who did great trying to win the ball after the draw and using the legs to defend and attack really well.

Saturday 14th November

Oxton 17–6 Liverpool
Despite the threat of torrential Rain, Liverpool Ladies made the journey to Oxton and were ready for their local derby. Liverpool started out strongly with an emphasis on being both composed and in control. Having conceded a goal, Bridget Mason opened up the scoring for Liverpool. They stayed strong in the first half with defenders working together in order to manage Oxton’s skilful attack. Both teams did well and it was 6-3 at half time. In the second half Oxton lost 2 squad members and were left without subs, but were not affected and only gained in strength as the game progressed, putting away a further 11 goals in the second half. Oxton’s defence were solid and their transition through midfield was excellent. Liverpool still fought to the end and Catherine made some great saves in goal. Jenna Boon (Liverpool’s top goal scorer & MVP) had a great game, scoring all three of Liverpool’s goals in the second half. Liverpool’s Hannah Forshaw also had a great performance. Emily Kealy was Oxton’s top scorer getting 4, closely followed by Alex Bruce and Sophie Brett who each scored 3. The weather was dismal and it was a tough game but enjoyable for all.

Timperley 16-5 Heaton Mersey
After hearing that their extra players could no longer make it, a slightly worried and cold Timperley team headed out to play Mersey. With the rain teeming down both teams began the game feeling a bit soggy! Mersey scored first and it was end to end with the score even at 3-3 after 20 minutes. Everyone was giving their all, Jourdan and Steph getting the ball for Timperley from the centre and working it up into attack, Lauren, Nic and Georgia controlling the ball in attack and Laura commanding the defence. Timperley went into halftime 8-3 up. Emily continued her great job for Timperley in centre and Emma Economou (top goal scorer) worked tirelessly in midfield. Mersey were getting a few knock downs and tried to get it into their attack but Timperley were playing solid defence, and Emma Cattermole was fantastic in goal. Mersey’s defence did a great job of working together. MVP was Jane Hynes, she was fantastic in defence controlling the team and prevent key players from scoring every time. Fiona Graham was their top goal scorer. A special mention must go to Timperley’s three U18s who put in confident performances and everyone played out of their skin. Both teams look forward to their next meet.

Stockport 12-3 Leeds
The terrible weather and the pitch a bit on the soft side made for a really tough match. As usual, the score didn’t reflect the play – the teams were closely matched in the first half with goals from Milly Pratt (2) and Julia Burns (1).  The Leeds defence did a great job of keeping Stockport from shooting despite the strong attacking play led by Alex Anderson.  Half time score was 5-3 to Stockport. In the second half, Stockport proved the stronger team and Leeds, although well organised at the start, couldn’t contain them. Leeds did find themselves in their attacking third a number of times but failed to score due to the performance of Stockport’s MVP Emma Mooney (GK) and the hard work from the Stockport defence. Stockport scored three in quick succession when Leeds called a time out. Stockport went on to score 4 more goals before the final whistle. MVP for Leeds was defender Charlotte Hinchliffe with some excellent knockdowns and great vision when clearing the ball out.