Match Reports 23rd November 2019

Posted by Victoria Adams on 26 November 2019

Cannock 8 - 0 Solihull Blossomfield

   Cannock visited Solihull Blossomfield looking to carry on their unbeaten Saturday record. The squad were rocked early in the morning with the withdrawal of Tom Widdowson from the game. Sky Sports reported a foot injury but rumours on social media were of a 25m swimming badge attempt.
   But the squad rallied together. Solihull started the strongest and were in the ascendancy with Chewy making a thunderous save off a Solihull drag flick. Cannock had a lot of possession but struggle to convert it into strong chances. Eventually they did take the lead through Dippa converting from a Ed Martin pass.
   It remained 1-0 until half time. Cannock sat down in the goal and discussed tactics to improve in the second half. The forwards came together and came up with an idea to stop the ball with their sticks in the second half. 
   Cannock came out at full pace in the second half and got their second goal through Hodgey. This goal took his aggregate distance of goals this season to 8 yards. The away side pressed again after the goal. Good work from Dippa lead to a Lewis Michael goal to make it 3-0. Cannock had to work extremely hard in the second half with returning midfield Ed Barton Martin spending most of the game on the game on the bench after receiving two yellow cards. But with more pressure Cannock continued to create chances and scored 5 more well worked goals. With Jawanda scoring 2, Dippa getting his second and Fleet scoring 2 from open play. 
   It finished 8-0 and Cannock move forward to a big game with Barford next week.

Cannock M3s 10 - 0 Old Wulfs 

   Cannock Men's 3rds looked to return to winning ways following their first loss of the season last week at Telford. Old Wulfs were this week's visitors and were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of a #properhockeyplayers backlash.
   Cannock took control early on a and having built a good platform, stepped things up a bit, opening the scoring through Tim Butler. 2 further goals came from Jack Rolfe and another from Dave Wigg to give Cannock a 4-0 lead at the break.
   The half time team talk ensured Cannock didn't take their foot off the gas  in the 2nd half. Nat Yerbury scored a stunner when he finished off a brilliant team move soon after the break, only to be outdone by Dave Wigg's reverse stick goal into the roof of the net, making it 6-0
   Cannock knew they had their opponents on the ropes, but unfortunately for them, they still had 20 minutes to endure and nobody to throw in the towel. The 3rds put together some truly amazing attacks, from all over the pich, leading to further goals for Rolfe, Wigg and Nat Yerbury, giving a satisfying final scoreline of 10-0

Final tally of goals was Rolfe 4, Wigg 3, Yerbury 2, Butler 1

Unusually for a game with such a big victory, Man of the Match went to a defender- Fin McCall,  who worked tirelessly to cover the gaps and ensure Cannock had a player in key positions when the shape of the team.changed during the numerous attacks.

The wheels are now well and truly bolted back on the 3rd team battlebus and sees them in 3rd place in the league, with a game in hand. A double header next week against the teams in 4th and 2nd place could see them move up into 2nd place, with the final game before the Christmas break against the [current] leaders, giving the opportunity to be sitting at the top of the table going into 2020. Here's hoping...


Cannock L1s 1 - 4 Nelson & Pendle Forest 

   Cannock ladies 1s made the looooong and stupidly early trek to Nelson and Pendle forest. Cannock certainly started the stronger team as Pendle struggled to get out of their 23.
   Unfortunately an aerial into the attacking D caught Cannock dozing and a well taken half volley found the back of the net. Cannock had plenty of opportunities but Pendle converged 3 short corners leaving Cannock with a mammoth task.
   Cannock did get a consolation goal late in the final quarter through Jodie Beddow but the game disappointingly for Cannock finished 4-1

MOM - George Dawson 


Cannock 3s 2-1 Leek 2s 

Cannock were hosts to Leek with a late game at home. Cannock started off slow and it showed when Leek took an early lead. With cannock finally waking up they took control of the game with Lucy Black equalising off a shot from top of the D! 1-1 at half time cannock knew they had to step up there game even more.
   Cannock started off strong which led to a short corner being put away by Pippa Hawkes. The game continued with Leek playing some good hockey but unable to get through, cannock managed to keep there lead ending the game at 2-1.
POM this week was given to Lucy Black and Victoria Adams.

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