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NWLA – Premiership Week 3 Report

Mellor 16-5 Stockport
Both teams had 13 players so played a 10-a-side game. Both Mellor and Stockport put up a good fight. Christie Mearns (Mellor) came out of her goal to save two 1v1 shots, one from Stockport’s Ellie Russell the other from Allie Welsh. Mellor were aggressive all over the pitch, receiving 2 yellow cards for dangerous checks to the head. Tensions were high, and a dispute with the referee led to Stockport receiving a double yellow following a major foul with only 3 minutes left in the game. Mellor’s goals came from Megan Wise (hat-trick), Jess Griffiths, Charlotte West, Keeley Brown, Paisley Knox and Rosie Goodfellow reflecting their ability to work together as a team. Stockport’s top players included Alex Anderson, Ellie Gosnay and Allie Welsh along with some great attempts from younger players.

Timperley 19-4 Liverpool
Timperley started with a bang; Rachel Minarovich got the ball straight off the draw and it was a fast break straight to goal. Their momentum continued to build throughout the first half, with Nicola Swallow scoring a multitude of their goals. Liverpool never gave up the fight and Katharine Hughes gave her all in defence to pressure the Timperley attackers. Emma Raven was equally determined to get the ball up to Liverpool’s attacking third and was instrumental in their transitional play. Julie Stott had a number of impressive goals for Timperley, helping them build on their lead. Timperley paid special attention to a number of Liverpool’s top scorers but that didn’t stop Melissa Hewitt, Rozi Blackburn, Ashley Bruen and Lyndsey Sun who all scored excellent goals. Special mention must go to the goalkeepers, Emma Cattermole for Timperley and Shona Duffus for Liverpool who both had fantastic games for their respective teams.

Oxton 38-0 Newcastle
Newcastle have struggled to establish themselves in this league, and hosting European Champions, Oxton, was always going to be a challenge. Oxton took a very young team to Newcastle with many of their team debuting. Newcastle were already missing starting defender Laura Towers and then early on in the game lost another defender, Margi Cowburn, who fell and damaged ankle ligaments. Oxton showcased the strong fitness and stick skills that you would expect, Em Kealey was amongst their top goal-scorers while sisters, Serena and Georgie, really stepped-up in the midfield, allowing the ball to transition cleanly. Being constantly bombarded by Oxton’s attacking plays, Newcastle only managed two shots at goal, one of these was taken by Charlotte Gillam in her first ever lacrosse match. Further mention must go to Denise Kelly-Hughes and Jess Waugh for playing their second ever game of lacrosse. Despite the unheard-of score line, Newcastle should be commended for their positive attitude throughout the game. Oxton once again showing the league what they are capable of.

Brooklands – Leeds
Injury during play, fixture rescheduled. TBC