Mellor 12-7 Liverpool
This was an exciting game as both these teams had won 8 games, lost 5 and drew 1 – they were fighting for 3rd place in the league. Mellor came out strong with some great goals from Paisley Knox. Liverpool weren’t awake in the first 10 minutes which gave Mellor a big advantage and is when they scored most of their goals. Mellor won the first half 8-3. They kept Liverpool to a low score by marking Monica White who scored 5 of the 8 goals in the previous game. Mellor defence was connecting well and communicating more than ever. The second half started and Mellor came back fighting. Charlotte West played amazingly in the midfield winning 90% of the ground balls. Jess Griffiths also supporting the team being free for clears and getting the ball up to attack. Jenny Carlsson did well on the draw against Liverpool’s Charlotte Cludlow. It was nice to see Rosie Goodfellow and Zoe Jones back in the midfield for Mellor. Although slow to get going, Liverpool really picked up momentum in the second half and with 6 subs they had a lot more legs drawing the last 30 minutes 4-4.
Leeds 20-2 Newcastle
Newcastle played their final home match of the season against Leeds on what seemed to be the windiest day of the year! Leeds started off very strong, but Newcastle reacted well by taking the ball up field against the difficult conditions but were mostly unsuccessful in their attempts on goal. The transition down the pitch was the best Leeds have played all season and Newcastle struggled to cope with Milly Pratt and Laura Winterbottom around the goal. Leeds continued to attack well during the final part of the first half but Newcastle put the pressure on defensively and worked well together to slow the opposition down, preventing less opportunities for shots at goal. In the second half, Newcastle worked on their up field transitions. Nicola Merson scored a fantastic goal for the team and after a number of attempts on goal, Rachel Buckley scored the second. Rachel also gave a nice feed to Catherine Whitley who was very close to scoring her first goal for the team. Charlotte Hinchliffe was MVP for Leeds, driving the ball out of defence and blocking the Newcastle passes. Although the goal difference looked extensive, Newcastle had a great performance and were a lot stronger than when these teams met during the first half of the season. It was a nice game in very windy conditions!
Brooklands 12-4 Stockport
Stockport played at home against Brooklands this weekend. The game was well fought by all. With only 12 players for the game, Brooklands put the legwork into this one! They did a good job of keeping the pace of the game consistently fast without tiring too much. Lydia Hewitt was brilliant at controlling the draw which made it difficult for Stockport to get the ball to their attacking end. Brooklands led 7-2 at half time but the second was much closer. The Megan Clothier played well in goal for Brooklands making a huge amount of saves, without which the final score would have been very different. Jo Racle was the MVP for Brooklands as the playmaker on the attack both with and without the ball. Emilie Chandler and Jo worked well together on the attack and were able to score some goals off this connection. Goal scorers for Stockport were Chess Gray with 3 and Ellie Gosnay with 1. Chess was a real threat on attack whenever the ball was in her stick and had most of the goals for her team.