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NWLA – The latest report from the Northern Women’s League

Heaton Mersey 14 – 4 Liverpool
Both teams were relieved that the pitches were playable and that they were finally able to play a match after so many games had been cancelled or rearranged earlier in the season. Heaton Mersey went into the match determined, after the last couple of losses, yet apprehensive – Liverpool is always a tough game for Mersey as they are such a strong side in the league. The game started out with Mersey attacking well and capitalising quickly with decisive goals, Katharine Hughes fought well in Liverpool’s goal to reduce the speed at which Mersey were scoring. Finally Mersey seized their opportunity was able to score a succession of goals. They continued to dominate with fast breaks through the midfield ending the half 10-0. Liverpool were strong with their possession but unable to turn those possessions into goals. Jenna Boon was strong in the centre dominating the draw for Liverpool. The first half saw both teams struggle with picking up ground balls due to muddy goal area but all attackers tried hard to overcome this. In the second half, Liverpool come out stronger with a solid determination and this was shown by their goals and the second half being a draw (4-4). It was Liverpool’s first game in nearly two months and it just shows the importance of game play practice. Jenna Boon and Lynsey Sung were top goal scorers for Liverpool and their MVP was Gabby Sims. Heaton Mersey want to thank Liverpool for being so flexible with this last minute change and look forward to playing them again later in February. Mersey’s top goal scorer and MVP was Charlotte Raymer.

Mellor 19-3 Leeds
The game was originally planned for 12 but due to traffic Mellor players delayed the start by half an hour. With the extra time to warm up Leeds started off strongly and ready to compete whereas Mellor were slow to begin with. The game was very even for the first 7 minutes, with Mellor’s Paisley Knox scoring first, soon followed by a free position from Leeds, when Christie Mearns was called for shooting space which left an open goal opportunity for Leeds’ Bella Reah who took the chance to score on an open goal, this was followed by a Leeds crease drive from Milly Pratt. After a time out, Mellor got a few fast breaks which put them into full swing ending the first half 11-3. Leeds player Ruth Schofield had an impressive fast break finishing with their third goal. Mellor took advantage of the goal difference and played more of a possession game in the second half and worked on movement around their goal. Particular mentions go to Clare Faram for her fast breaks, Hayley Bowker for her speed all over the pitch and excellent draw control. MVP for Leeds was Clare Bell for her great hustle in defence. Hayley Bowker was top goal scorer for Mellor with 8, Claire had 4 and Paisley 3.

Timperley 21 – 3 Stockport
Following last week’s great team effort against Oxton, Timperley were happy to hear that their home game was on. The game started off fiercely with Timperley winning the ball from the draw but not converting straight away. Both teams had fast breaks instead and spectators saw some ping pong lacrosse! Timperley finally got the first goal but were made to work hard for it. The pitch made it difficult to play the fast-paced lacrosse that the league has seen this year, and cutting and dodging in the fan were tricky in the mud at both ends. Stockport showed real strength and persevered end to end to fight for the ball. Timperley worked well as a team and goals soon came thick and fast. Timperley’s Julie Stott was playing well picking out players and assisting a number of goals. At halftime the score was 10-1. Fabienne Johnson did a great job in Timperley’s defence coming up with some awesome interceptions. With only 6 full senior players, the younger members of the Stockport team really rose to the challenge and played a great game; notable mentions go to Millie for her strong defensive play and Holly for tirelessly working in the midfield. Nicola Swallow went on a scoring spree for Timperley in the last quarter of the game scoring 5 goals on the trot. Timperley thank Stockport for playing on a difficult pitch. Stockport’s goal scorers were Megan Leonard, Chloe Dodds and Ellie Gosnay.