CHC Match Reports Saturday 13th October 2018

Posted by Victoria Adams on 15 October 2018

Cannock L1s 1 - 2 Nottingham University 
   Cannock ladies 1s travelled to the unbeaten notts uni who have been on a goal scoring rampage. With both teams undefeated and sitting at the top of the table Cannock were well aware of the fight they had before them. Notts uni started as expected fast paced and with goals in mind. Cannock however held their own and absorbed the attacking play before choosing their moments to counter.
   At half time it was one a piece with notts uni scoring the opener from a short corner and Cannock equalising from open play through Jodie Bedow.
   The second half was evenly matched with both notts and Cannock having opportunities, Gemma Pryce saved a penalty stroke for Cannock ensuring they stayed in the game. Sadly a well taken deflection by notts uni meant they undeservedly took the 3 points to keep them top of the table but Cannock walked away in the knowledge notts uni would be unhappy with the result and optimistic that they can take the 3 points in the return fixture

Man of the match - Emma Hudson 

 

Cannock L2s 1 - 1 Stourport
   Cannock Ladies 2s played Stourport at home this Saturday. In the first half Cannock faced a lot of pressure in defence but the sheer determination and effort to move the ball into midfield saw Shelly take her chance to beat the keeper and score on her reverse. At half time the score was 1-0.
   In the second half Stourport came back fighting and managed to score a quick goal within the first five minutes. Cannock did not stop fighting but faced a great deal of pressure particularly with the opposition gaining lots of short corners. The defence and Penny Watt could not be defeated and battled to the end. Cannock’s perseverance determination and effort resulted in the final score being 1-1. Congratulations to Penny Watt who received man of the match and made some incredible saves to secure a point for Cannock.

 

Cannock L3s 2 - 3 North Staffs 1s
   Cannock ladies 3rd team travelled away to Newcastle under Lyme to a late 3pm pushback against north staffs 1s that had been relegated from the midlands divisions. The first half saw some pressure from Cannock but north staffs broke down the Cannock defence to score 2 goals in the first half.
   The second half saw a much more determined Cannock side apply the pressure and catch north staffs on the break a few times. Unfortunately north staffs scored again to take the score to 3-0 but Cannock did not give up. A great short corner saw a left slip to Stacey Fenton who slotted it past the north staffs keeper. Keeping that determination a quick break and a nifty one two and another slip past the keeper saw Stacey Fenton score another for Cannock.
   Unfortunately Cannock just ran out of time as a draw was looking to be on the cards. Final score 3-2 to north staffs. Congratulations to Ella Tracey who had a fantastic debut for the 3rd team and lovely to see Jill Simpson back playing. Bring on Stafford 1s next week for a good match.

Cannock L4s 1 - 3 North Staffs 

Cannock L5s 0 - 3 Bloxwich 
Cannock ladies 5s field a team with 5 back to hockey players, the one and only Judy G in goal, a new players to the club.5s player who stepped up to play 4s then double up to support their 5s team family and not forgetting Penny Watt a GK playing outfield.
   The 5s seen two new players making their debut for Cannock Sophie Taylor and Sandy Seddon. Sandy a B2H player who decided to pick up a stick again after a thirty year break.
   The 5s welcomed Bloxwich 4s to the Park. Both team agreed to play the game in quarter. The 1st quarter Bloxwich set the tempo and scored two quick goals. The second quarter Cannock managed to hold Bloxwich until Bloxs scored from a short corner ending the second quarter. After a team talk by the Captain on the day Dora Adams Cannock step it up a gear and managed to control the third quarter failing to find the back of the net . Again Cannock dominated the final quarter pressuring Bloxwich goalkeeper who managed to stop everything Cannock through at her. Ending the game 3-0 to Bloxwich.
Cannock man of the match went to the B2H Player Emma Hunneyball.

 

Cannock M1s 2 - 3 Barford 
   Cannock entered this fixture on the back of a resounding victory last week, so were positive about their chances.  They started as they left off with fast, decisive moves which sliced through the Barford midfield and stretched their defence. Cannock saw several well worked moves go inches past the post or cleared off the line until a clinical through ball put Callum Nightingale through with just the goal keeper to beat. Keeping calm, he sent the keeper the wrong way and the ball into the back of the net. A few minutes later, Dan Hibbert made it 2 and Cannock were dominating.
   But this was always going to be a tough game against a seasoned and tactically smart opponent and the second half saw Barford set about restoring the difference through two rebound goals from short corners. The physicality of the game began to take its toll and despite heroic ‘keeping from Adams, Barford scored the decisive goal and held out against huge pressure from the Cannock men. A disappointing result, but one from which a number of positives can be taken, not least the grit and determination that this young side is showing at present.

 

Cannock M5s 0 - 0 Market Drayton 3s
   Cannock 5ths travelled to Keele uni to play Market Drayton 3s in round 3 , both teams were looking for their first points of season, Cannock knew this was going be a tough ask from start with some boys playing in unfamiliar positions and skipper Matt Edwards stepping into goal for the first time ever.
   The game started with both sides having chances each end however as first half went on Market Drayton were seeming to become more of dominant forces with the ball in play making breaks through the centre of field however back three of A.Westwood, S.Cattell and Dave Michael made sure they cut out majority of attacking threat, only needing keeper to come into action a few times during the half.
   Play was then brought to halt after Joe Matthews playing his first game of hockey took a ball to the head and ambulance was needed, all the Cannock lads and Market Drayton's alike wish Joe a very speedy recovery! After a big break in play due to more concerning reason both Cannock and Market Drayton decided to call it half time with the half nearly over.
   At half time more experienced players of the team could see we was under pressure, Dave Michael with his knowledge reshuffled the team around to try and help Cannock get more on the front foot in 2nd half.
   During the 2nd half , after the reshuffle the game seemed to be more even with both team having breaks , however at times Cannock started getting bit frustrated looking for the goal to take the lead as you can tell when lewis decided for some reason he wanted play football not hockey and decided to kick the ball away , to be fair to him he shock it off and had cracking rest of the match , a mention must go to Jake and Sam in this report for tireless work in tackling to win back possession for Cannock and give us ball to play with , after a while market Drayton earned the first Penalty corner of the game , this was well stopped and cleaned away by the defenders, again towards end of the game it was end to end stuff with both teams now looking for that late winner both desperate for points, near the end of game Market Drayton were awarded second and last PC of the game , it was low driven shot stopped by Cannock skipper Matt with his foot and and cleared away to ensure game ended 0-0.

MOM Matt Edwards - Boys said normally wouldn't vote for skipper but as he went above and beyond call of duty playing in goal for Cannock 5ths today and keeping clean sheet, Jake and Sam were runners up for their brilliant Work
Well earned point to get off the mark and as I said early every single player should be proud of themselves to day and we will carry on growing as a team!

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