Great end to the pre-season games Weekend Report No. 3

Posted by Victoria Adams on 17 September 2017

Cannock L1s
   Cannock hosted a tournament which brought 4 national league teams turn up with the expectation that playing Cannock was going to be a walk in the park.
   First game v West Herts saw Cannock go out strong and punish West Herts for stating this was their easiest game of the day! A 3-0 win for the home side was enough of a statement to make.
   Second game proved to be the toughest both physically and mentally against a well established and experienced Ben Rhyding side . Despite some good team play the hosts lost 3-0
   Third game in a row v Wakefield, great teamwork and energy led to a 3-1 win for a confident Cannock team.
   Final game came after a break and tiredness showed from the whistle. Cannock played Fylde who started in a more lively and competitive manner.  But this wasn't enough to stop the hosts continue their winning ways and completing a great day of hockey with a 2-1 win

Cannock L2's 15 - 1 Worcestor 1s
   Cannock were hard out of the blocks piling on the pressure scoring 2 in the first 5 minutes. The attacking play continued and the Worcester defence were put under continual strain, by the end of the half it was 6-0, only thanks to their GK who had an absolute stormer as the score should have been much higher. In the second half Worcester were more organised but the goals kept coming thick and fast for Cannock making the final score 15-1. A great end to preseason!

Cannock L3s 5 - 1 Worcestor 2s
   Worcester scored first from a short corner as Cannock had to settle into their positions. Once Cannock started to distribute the ball wide and use the right hand channel the tide started to turn. At half time the score was 4-1 to Cannock.
   The second half showed a resilient Worcester side but a strong defence ensured no goals were put past Cannock and another final goal was scored as result of some good teamwork. Thanks to those Cannock 2nd team who doubled up on games again and everyone is excited ready for the start of the leagues next week.

Cannock L4s 0 - 11 WATS 1s
   Cannock played in their last pre season friendly against  a very experienced strong sided opposition. Unfortunately Cannock lost 11-0 the result does not reflect the hard work and the team is showing signs of great play and communication between the girls. Ready for the season to begin next week.


Cannock M1s 6-0 Oxton M1s
A solid team performance saw Cannock Men's 1s win their final pre-season game 6-0.
   From the early stages Cannock's work rate & confident inter play saw the young Stags dominate the game. As the game progressed the quick passing & intelligent pressing proved the difference as Cannock turned pressure into goals.
   The final score being 6-0 with goals from Loui Morris (3), Dylan Shirley, Cole Hickman & Matt Wilson.
  Next week sees the NL league start with a trip to Leeds.


Cannock M5s v Nuneaton 2s
   Nuneaton were so in awe of the #properhockeyplayers reputation that they bailed out at 5.30 on Friday night, leaving them with nothing to do except play with themselves. Some of the team spent their now free Saturday afternoon doing just that.


Cannock Badgers 4 – 2 Old Hales
Cannock travelled to Halesowen for their first away game of the new season, looking to improve on last week’s opening performance.              Cannock started well against an Old Hales Badgers team that on average was a couple of years older than the Cannock team. Both teams created a number of early half chances without really testing either keeper.
   As the half progressed, Old Hales started to put the Cannock players under pressure, with Cannock turning the ball over and struggling to get out of their own half. The pressure soon paid dividends for Old Hales as they took the lead with the first goal of the game.
   Cannock Badgers were asked to increase the intensity in the second half and their desire to win the ball. The young players responded creating a number of early chances. Roshan Drayton-Chana then won the ball in midfield, played a masterful ball into the ‘D’ and Connor Lloyd-Smith kept his concentration as he slipped the ball under the advancing keeper to level the score line.
   Cannock kept the pressure going and it was another sublime pass from Roshan Drayton-Chana to Sam Cattell in the ‘D’, who passed the ball around the advancing keeper for Lewis Asling to score Cannock’s second.
   Cannock went looking for a third, but unfortunately the efforts of the second half took their toll on the young Cannock players and as they started to run out of steam Old Hales got back into the game. Three goals in quick succession gave Old Hales the lead and the win, with the game finishing 4-2 to Old Hales.
   Despite the defeat, this performance was a huge improvement on the previous week. Further work on fitness, first touch and passing will be the focus of training this week.”

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