Match Reports 14th March 2020

Posted by Victoria Adams on 16 March 2020

Cannock M1s 3 - 4 Barford Tigers

   A depleted Cannock travelled to Barford having wrapped up the league the week before. With so many unavailable for a wide range of reasons, Cannock had to bring up three players from the 2nds and still then only had 12. Even with this, a change of formation and new tactical approach from Pep Fleet lead to Cannock dominating the first 10 minutes. They spurned numerous chances and short corners, with Fleet being denied by a goal line clearance. 
   After this period, Barford had most of the possession but didn’t really create anything. Cannock’s break away tactics were working well. However, Barford won the ball off Fleet at the back. Most of the team stopped as it appeared a clear foul. But it wasn’t given and a topped reverse stick shot bobbled into the corner. The game then carried on in a similar fashion. Barford having most of the possession but Cannock were wasteful in the breakaway. Barford got their second after a misplaced pass from a Barford player was deflected in by a Cannock defender. 
   With 10 minutes to go in the half, Cannock again grew into the game and had an extended period of pressure in the Barford half. Unfortunately, Cannock sent to many players forward and Barford scored a well worked third on the break. Before the half was out, there was time for a little bit of magic from Cannock. Dippa, who had a spring in his step, danced through numerous Barford defenders. He was then fouled just outside the D. The quick thinking Fleet took it early, danced passed a defender and struck an inch perfect reverse stick into the far corner.
   At half time, the skipper praised his teams efforts and the squad agreed they were close to the tactics working perfectly. Barford had a full squad of 16 and the extra numbers proved key in the second half with Cannock being over run on occasion. With 15 minutes to go Barford scored a fourth from a short corner after some slight of hand substitutions. 
   However, Cannock’s tactics came into play with 10 to go. A break away goal from Dippa made it 4-2 and then after a short corner Hodgetts made it 4-3! With 5 minutes to go, it looked like only one team would score. But unfortunately Cannock couldn’t get the break through. Meaning a 4-3 defeat.

Cannock M3s 6 - 1 North Staffs 

   Cannock 3rds welcomed North Staffs to EDA, knowing that a game against the 4th placed side would be no formality. The home side started strongly and after getting the better of the early exchanges, opened the scoring through goal machine Dave Wigg. Soon, Wiggy turned provider, crossing the ball to Andy Darnley who skilfully swept the ball under the body of the diving keeper for Cannock's second goal of the game and their 100th of the season! Wigg soon slammed in a rocket from short corner to give Cannock a 3 goal.lead.
   The game took a nasty turn when a ball.was deflected into the mouth of Mark Cotterill, who was forced to leave the field and travel to casualty. Cannock reorganised with Henry Jones moving to centre mid.
   Cannock came out ferociously in the second half and it wasnt long before a ball flew across a crowded D for Darnley to finish adeptly for his second of the game. Cannock were awarded a penalty stroke when a shot struck a defenders foot on the line from a short corner. Wiggy slotted with ease for his 37th goal of the season.
   North Staffs grabbed a consolation goal when the ball bobbled over the Cannock sweeper's stick, straight to a lone forward who reacted well, sweeping the ball in immediately. Cannock weren't done though, when Henry Jones won the ball inside his own 23 and worked well with Wigg in a neat passing move, which ended with "Indy" finishing the move he started. A brilliant goal. Final score 6-1
   Cannock go to league leaders Stafford next week, knowing a win will put them top of the table with 1 game to go.
   Destiny awaits...


Cannock L1s 2 - 0 Alderley Edge 

   Cannock ladies 1s welcomes Alderley edge to Wolverhampton grammar in another must win game. Alderley edge asked many questions of Cannock team and the game was very end to end.
   Cannock keeper pulled off some great saves to keep a clean sheet and goals from hessey and spen sealed the three points. 

Cannock L4s 4 - 1 Keele L1s 

   Third-placed Cannock Ladies 4s welcomed second-placed Keele 1s to Erasmus Darwin Academy for a decisive match. Keele started the match with seven players: a further three players arrived after ten minutes.
   Cannock won first pushback and worked hard to make their superior numbers count. Driving towards goal, the ball struck a defender's foot on the line. Mandy McColl scored from the rebound but the goal was disallowed as the whistle had already blown for a penalty flick. Becky Chapman scored from the spot to put the home side 1-0 up as Keele's remaining squad members took to the pitch.
   Cannock kept up the pressure, and Mandy McColl was keen to put her name on the score sheet. A Jayne Flanagan cross from outside the D gave Mandy the chance she needed, putting Cannock 2-0 up. Keele were quick on the break and made some fast runs, with one resulting in a swift goal. Towards the end of the first half Emma Thomas made an ambitious pass to Abby Rhodes, who crossed it into the D for Mandy McColl to score Cannock's third of the match.
   Cannock moved into the second half resolving to better position their pivot players in midfield and defence. This allowed them to shut down many of Keele's breaks and created plenty of opportunities to attack.  The ball remained firmly in the opposition's 23 and Cannock's fourth goal came courtesy of Mandy McColl completing her hattrick. Whilst putting in a spirited effort Keele were unable to make any further mark on the game, and Cannock now sit one point behind them in the table with a game in hand. Final score 4-1

Donna Rose (GK)
Jayne Flanagan
Tracey Lloyd-Smith
Becky Chapman (POM, opposition)
Julie Fisher (POM, team)
Abby Rhodes
Emma Hunneyball (C)
Emma Thomas
Judy Ganecki
Mandy McColl
Tracy Craig

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