NWLA – Week 2 Report

Leeds 22 – 0 Stoke
Leeds had more players than Stoke but both teams agreed to play 10v9 for quarters. Leeds offered to give Stoke some players but captain Nim Wardle wanted to keep the teams separate in order to work on their game play. Leeds played well settling the ball in attack and turning it over in midfield. Stoke had a few runs up to their attacking end but only had a couple of saved shots on goal. Stoke struggled to stop some of the stronger Leeds players like Alex and Julia. Playing quarters gave Stoke a bit of a rest and enabled Leeds rotate their 7 subs. It was a great game for Leeds’ new and less experienced players to get stuck into. There were some great goals from all of their new players. Stoke have struggled for numbers over the last two games but hopefully they’ll start to bring along more players in order to level the playing field. Stoke’s MVP was Jayne Craig for her great play, while Leeds’ MVPs were Laura Winterbottom and Ellouise Caswell.

Timperley 21 – 2 Newcastle
Newcastle Knights hosted Timperley at Cochrane Park. Once again Newcastle were able to field a full team, allowing them to have several substitutions on the bench. Timperley started the game strong with a number of fast breaks made towards Newcastle’s defence, Jenny Anderton, a new goalie for the Knights, made some excellent saves against Timperley’s attack. However, Timperley’s strong attacking play allowed them to pull ahead with a convincing lead of 12-0 at half time. Timperley’s goal scorers included Dani Skelly, Georgia Greenhalgh and Emily Hall. With a new lease of life in the second half Newcastle had much more of a presence in the game. A strong Newcastle defence held back the attack and allowed for a more settled play around the goal. After winning the draw for Newcastle, Greta Wood made an excellent fast break scoring her first goal of the season. Soon after this, a very determined Jess Waugh fought through several of Timperley’s defence to score her 3rd goal of the season.  For her excellent goal, and sheer determination throughout the entire match, Greta Wood was voted as Newcastle’s MVP. Timperley’s goalie Emma Cattermole had a great game in goal.

Oxton 21 – 0 Stockport
Oxton really dominated the game and played well with numerous players getting on the score sheet. Lucy Rogers, Emily Kealey and Ellie Bygroves were top scorers and Sophie Brett was strong all over the field. A Stockport injury led to the game being played 11-a-side. Stockport struggled to get possession in the midfield – there was some good determination from Allie Welsh and Ellie Gosnay but the team never managed to convert against the solid Oxton defence. MVP for Stockport was Lucie Suthern who worked hard all over the pitch. She caused a number of turnovers, moved the ball well, was always in a good position and kept the ball when under serious pressure from multiple Oxton players. Special mention must go to Ellie Russell for playing in goal for Stockport, when their regular keeper couldn’t play.

Mellor 13 – 7 Brooklands
Brooklands were missing a few key players so they will have been really happy with how they played. Kate Hamlett made her Brooklands debut and played really well as a defensive wing, as did Lily Sands, who was playing in her first ever lacrosse game! Brooklands started off slowly and Mellor were able to get a few quick goals. But Brooklands began to win the draw and settle their attack, creating some good scoring opportunities leading to some great goals. It was great for Brooklands to have Emilie Chandler back in midfield; she used her quick legs throughout the pitch and was vital in both attack and defence. Brooklands’ defence grew stronger and louder, and Lily put 100% effort in there, as she had to come on due to an injury to Lauren. Brooklands started to slow near the end and Mellor used this lull in momentum to get a number of quick goals. Mellor’s best goal came from Nat Jones and their top goal-scorer was Paisley Knox. Brooklands’ MVP was Paula Chandler who went in goal for us for the first time and made some really good saves. Mellor’s MVP was Abbie Wright.

By Jane Brierly