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NWLA – Weekly Report

Leeds 18-2 Newcastle
The Newcastle women’s team were proud to field a full team for their fourth away game of the season. They had their coach Polly Enevoldson, supporting on the side line, analysing the team’s performance. Both teams put up a great fight with difficult ground conditions under foot. Leeds were able to bring about a flurry of goals in rather quick succession. Rachel Buckley and Nicola Merson scored a goal each for Newcastle, but Leeds proved a stronger team on the day. Newcastle’s goal keeper Molly Spencer made some excellent saves but Leeds marked the clear very thoroughly making it difficult for Newcastle players to transition the ball out of their defensive end. Nicola was voted MVP for Newcastle after her excellent first half goal, ground ball battles and numerous sprints up the field to create more opportunities. Leeds will be really pleased with this win over Newcastle in less than perfect conditions. Newcastle look forward to their next (home) fixture against Liverpool.

Oxton 19-4 Heaton Mersey
Heaton Mersey knew this was going to be a tough game against top-of-the-table Oxton, and with various players unavailable on the day, and co-captain Ludmila’s flight back from Brazil delayed, it wasn’t until moments before the game that they had a substitute (Vicky Raymer), and an injured one at that! Oxton took the lead within minutes of the game starting. Neither of the Mersey centres, Harriet Pritchard and Fiona Graham, could beat Sophie Brett on the draw, which gave Oxton an immediate advantage. Mersey defended well, holding the Oxton attack out for sometimes minutes at a time. However, they struggled against the fast breaks and powerful shots, amongst which Mersey’s goalie Caz Evans made some amazing saves. Ludmila arrived at half time and once on the pitch scored within minutes, taking a second goal later on too. This is perhaps a closer score line than Oxton were expecting to achieve but a consistent performance from them.

Brooklands 12-8 Stockport
Stockport played away at Brooklands this weekend. Conditions leading up to the game meant that the pitch was quite slippy and uneven in places making it difficult for both teams to find their footing. The game was even and well-fought throughout, although tensions soon began to rise as the intensity level increased. Numerous yellow cards were given by umpires for dangerous play. Both Stockport and Brooklands showed moments of frustration towards various umpiring decisions which only added to the dramatic unfolding of the game. Stockport’s top scorer with four goals was Becca Pye who made a return to the team after several years away. Other scorers included Ellie Russell, Ellie Gosnay and finally Chloe Dodd who deserves a special mention, at only 13 years old she’s already been selected for U15 & U18 Cheshire as well as for the England Academy, what’s more she’s shown real determination for Stockport all season. Brooklands will be glad to come away with a home win and look forward to their upcoming fixture against Timperley next week.

Liverpool 8-8 Mellor
Mellor took on Liverpool away this weekend. Mellor’s issues fielding a full team continued this week as they had 13 players on the Friday but, due to injuries and illnesses, were left with 11 players on the day. Both teams graciously agreed to playing 11-a-side, this was especially kind from Liverpool who in previous games have been required to play against full teams when they themselves have been a player down. It was a close game throughout, Monika White had a great game and was again Liverpool’s top scorer with four. Mellor’s Miranda Bates deserves a special mention for playing in her first ever game for ladies’ team. Both teams were struggling with legs in the end, and Mellor will be disappointed with this result having beaten Liverpool in previous years. That said, perhaps Mellor’s lack of experience was their downfall on the day; Liverpool really stepped up to the occasion and it was a great performance from them.