Match Reports 15th February 2020

Posted by Victoria Adams on 18 February 2020

Cannock 4 - 1 Edgbaston 

   The wind was blowing. The rain was pouring. Would Cannock continue winning? Weather and car park issues lead to many players being late so inspiration was at an all time low in the skipper’s pregame team talk. Edgbaston started the game well and Cannock struggled to look after the ball. There were few chances in the first 15 minutes with both sides working hard against each other and the weather.    Cannock eventually broke the deadlock through a furious, backboard breaking drag flick from Fleet. After the goal, Cannock started to play more attacking hockey with Spencer and Hudson distributing nicely down the right side. Unfortunately Ley was struggling to stop anything other than sympathy from his watching family at right half.
   Cannock’s second goal came shortly after with Fleet powerfully breaking into the D and shooting low towards the far post. Luckily the ultimate opportunist Dippa was there to deflect the ball into the open goal. The game tried to boil over after Boston born Widdowson forgot he wasn’t trailing out for the New England Patriots but in fact attempting a tackle on a hockey pitch. He was given a green card for the tackle but a yellow for his uncharacteristic moan about the decision. The third goal was full of surprises. Firstly, Hodgetts stopping and completing a pass from a wayward Edgbaston short corner. Secondly, Martin passing to his right side. Thirdly, Dippa stopping and shooting in the D. Finally, Martin finishing the rebound. 3-0 
It remained 3-0 until half time.
   The weather worsened in the second half but both teams continued to play at jaw dropping pace. Both sides squandered chances to start the half with Cannock’s forward line especially forgetting how to do anything that meant the ball being sent towards the goal.  Edgbaston got back in the game through a short corner. Chewy would not like to look back on it. It did however help many people reminisce about their first time on the Euro tunnel and the delightful taste of nutmeg. Cannock did keep the ball well for a period but the Lewis Michael/ Andrew Hodgetts right side partnership struggled to create any chances. After many chances again went begging, skipper Fleet stepped forward and fired into the bottom corner. Very similar to a chance he had five minutes early which didn’t go as planned. With the rain pouring, both teams continued to create but no more goals were scored. It ended 4-1 to Cannock.

Cannock M2s 3 - 3 Stone

   This week saw Stone visit Cannock who were looking to keep a clear gap from North Staffs prowling in 3rd place. Cannock has a great start and after some early pressure bagged their first goal courtesy of a top D hit from Paul Martin.  Cannock continued to mount the pressure and reaped the rewards with a few short corner routines before the break. Man of the Match Joe Matthews looked assured as stick stopper and Sam Cattell took his chance as short corner specialist to bag the two goals before the break. A great first half performance from a resolute Cannock Defence, disciplined Midfield and creative Attack.
   There were calls at half time for Cannock to show grit and discipline for the second half, but Stone came out a different team and the tables were well and truly turned after the break. It was now Cannock on the back foot and Stone pulled it back to 3-2 midway through the second half. As the pressure mounted on Cannock it was Stone who continued to push and they got their rewards to pull it back to 3-3 with 5 minutes remaining. 
   The final 5 minutes saw a last gasp chance for Cannock to grab the winner but put wide by hopeful shooter Martin who  should have passed. Earning himself DOTD in the process. Final score 3-3 giving North Staffs a chance to pull nearer with a top of the table clash with Lichfield for Cannock next week.


Bloxwich L2s 0-2 Cannock L3s 

   Cannock returned to Bloxwich for their rearranged game wanting to match the score line of the home fixture. Bloxwich came out strong pressing high and attacking hard not giving cannock anytime on the ball. Cannock defended well including some great saves from goal keeper Penny. Bloxwich managed to keep cannock at bay till half time. 0-0.
   Cannock knew they had to change their game and turn the tables putting pressure on Bloxwich. This they did and resulted in Cannock having numerous attacks and short corners which Bloxwich defended well keeping the ball out of the goal. Cannock continued to pressure knowing a goal was coming their way! Cannock’s skipper Lucy Black took a quick self pass leaving Bloxwich unable to defend as she drove the ball into the D smashing the ball into the goal.
   This lifted Cannock who continued to put pressure on enabling Jess Lynch to convert a short corner. 2-0. Bloxwich never really got out of their half but never gave up as the game ended 2-0 to Cannock. Player of the match was awarded to Pippa Hawkes.

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