Match Reports 17th October

Posted by Victoria Adams on 22 October 2020

Cannock L1s 1 - 2 Loughborough

   Cannock ladies 1s travelled to Loughborough knowing they were in for a tough game. Cannock produced a gritty performance defending for their lives and using their counter attacks effectively. Loughborough went 1-0 up early in the game but Cannock pulled back an equaliser through Emma pardo - Cannock desperately tried to cling on to the point but Loughborough bagged a second in the final quarter


Cannock L2s 1 - 3 Birmingham Univeristy 

   Cannock Ladies 2s travelled to Birmingham University. A high paced game from both sides led to some great attacking and defensive play from both teams. The first half saw a beautifully worked goal from a transfer in defence, 1-2s down the left and finishing with a great goal by Louise Humphrey. A great team goal. Cannock held the lead for the remainder of the 1st half. Birmingham came out strong on the second, and won a short corner, a switch to the right and flick made it 1-1. Cannock kept attacking with a few missed chances. Birmingham kept the pressure on and secured another 2 goals to make the final score 3-1.


Cannock L4s 0 - 1 Bloxwich 

   An absolute stormer of a game and it may only be the 4th game of the season, but we are motivated to keep this play up. To start off losing 8-1 and 4-1 twice; we’ve now bought that right down to a 1-0 loss and we couldn’t be happier due to the fight that we gave. Everyone knew they had a part to play in this game against Bloxwich.
   The first half started off well with Cannock having 50/50 possession. The battle commenced! Bloxwich scored half way through the first half but Cannock weren’t phased by this as they had something up their sleeve that later took Bloxwich by surprise. The defence were keen to show them what skills they had to keep it out of the D and for once, no short corners in the first half to contend with! The mid were fantastic at keeping the pace and flow of the game going.
   At half time, Cannock had fire in their bellies and raring to get back on the pitch with it being the best game they’ve played yet. The second half started and Cannock took on most of the possession and for the majority of the second half, were able to have numerous shots on goal including Mandy McColls fantastic strike and it was slightly off post side and with no one on that post at the time, we weren’t able to get it in.
   Halfway through, defenders were astounded to here that this was their first and only short corner of the game and it was successfully knocked out and back up the pitch by number 1 runner on the penalty, Becky Chapman. Defender Jayne Flanagan was an absolute pocket rocket and drove the ball right up to the back line with a straight hit back to top D for the attackers to take a strike but unfortunately the keeper clocked on to the plan.
   Overall, this game was a fantastic one for Cannock ladies 4s after a succession of losses higher than today’s. Don’t be fooled by the 4s; we’ve got plenty of fight!
Player of the match and from Bloxwich was Jayne Flanagan for being an amazing all-rounder today; constantly changing positions without meaning to in her drives and confusing the opposition. She sure took them for many sprints up the pitch tiring them out. Well done Jayne!


Cannock M2s 8 - 1 Leek

   Cannock men’s 2’s entertained Leek 4’s at EDA today and the game turned out not to be as straightforward as the result would suggest. Cannock started strongly and took an early lead through Bloomer. Bloomer bagged a second with a slick passing move down the left from Daffern. It was at this point that Cannock took their foot off the gas and allowed Leek to start playing, with their young number 10 keeping the veteran Bradbury on his toes. Bizarrely, Cannock continued to score, despite playing worse with every minute, the passing and movement that was evident last week had been largely forgotten. Leek got a late goal due to poor defending, leading Daniels to throw his toys out of the pram. Cannock goal scorers were Bloomer 3, Wigg 1, Alcock 2, Chana 2. Lessons to be learnt for next week.

Cannock M3s 2 - 2 Leek

   Cannock Men 3s travelled to a delightful sunny Leek!!! After a great performance last week for their first win, Cannock knew Leek were going to be tough opposition after putting away 14 goals in their last 2 games. After a inspirational team talk from captain Cotters, Cannock came out fighting and after a few minutes Cannock were lucky enough to get a short corner from a great run from Lewis Bullman which unfortunately came to nothing, Cannock kept battling. After a well organised counter attack Cannock went 1-0 up via a goal from Lewis Asling . As Cannock were full of enthusiasm and seeking a 2nd goal Leek quickly took there opportunity from a counter and were awarded a short corner from a foot which Cannock protested to be outside the ‘D’. Leek duly converted the short corner to make it 1-1 at the break.
   Cannock started the second half after a inspirational team talk from Chris Mayer to stop playing "dumb hockey". The game was a tight affair with both teams playing end to end hockey. Cannock took their opportunity with a quickly taken free hit an aerial to Joe Matthews who made a run into the ‘D’ which got Cannock into the lead again after another goal from Asling.
   After Cannock reset and conceded a few short corners which led to Leek scoring their 2nd goal. Afterwards Cannock continued to fight and were unlucky on two separate occasions to go down to 10 men for green card offences. Cannock continued to play hard with Mayer hitting the post and a last ditch short corner which was hit high and wide leaving the final score Leek 2 - Cannock 2. Cannock felt as though the game was there to be won with again another improvement in performance for this young side.

Man of the match went to Joe Matthews for a battling all action display in midfield (can we keep him??) Green cards were given to Lewis Bullman and Henry Jones (who thought he would follow in his dad's footsteps 🤔).

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