Match Reports 3rd October 2020

Posted by Victoria Adams on 5 October 2020

Cannock L1s 3 - 4 Wakefield

   Cannock ladies 1s welcomed Wakefield to EDA for their first ‘home’ game of the season. Wakefield were clearly must used to playing in the very wet weather conditions as Cannock found themselves 1-0 down within 2 minutes of the first Whistler with a defensive error gifting Wakefield a free shot. Cannock struggled to string passes together and found themselves going into half time 2-0 down
   Just like the rain Cannock ladies didn’t give up and found some fire in their bellies to start putting Wakefield under pressure but Wakefield pushed back and at 4-1 Cannock looked done.
   However two Cannock pushed on and in the last 10 minutes converted two more short corners - unfortunately it was too little too late to rescue any points but a hearty fight back for a respectable score to a well drilled and experienced opposition

L Spencer PC - S martin x2 PC

Cannock L2s 2 - 1 Lichfield

Cannock L3s 1 - 1 Leek

Cannock L4s 1 - 4 Lichfield

   The 4s had a rather competitive game today through the constant battling that took place to defend our goal. After last week’s game, we knew it was vital to bring down the overall score of how much we lost by in order to save our place in the league. We conceded 4 goals in the first half of the game after 60-40 possession with Lichfield having most. At half time, we knew that this game was going to be tough to bring back with the average age of the opposition being under 18, meaning that they were skilful and quick. Despite our team having experience on our side, we were unable to prevent these 4 goals.
   The second half brought us joy and excitement when a hit from Rachel Hughes led the defender to deflect it straight into the back of the net. The defence remained strong and were fabulous in saving a number of short corners with the final one being reversed after number 1 runner, Becky Chapman got struck in the chest into lower throat by the flick of the ball from top D at short distance. Luckily, we had subs, so we weren’t down on players for the last few moments of the game. The battle continued on until the final whistle. Despite the team efforts, the final score was 4-1 to Lichfield.
   Player of the match vote from both Cannock and the opposition went to Amy Hales who did a fantastic job in goal saving numerous attempts, so well done Amy. Next week, the 4s are playing away against Stafford 3s.


Cannock M1s 3 - 3 Redditch

   Cannock’s first league game of the season saw them travel to Redditch. Cannock started poorly and were lucky to go 1 nil up. Redditch had the better of possession and thoroughly deserved to equalise. However with a slight formation change, Cannock improved and scored two goals before half time to go into the break 3-1 up.
   After half time, Cannock went back to playing poorly. Multi misplaced passes, poor first touches and slack marking let Redditch take a firm hold of the game. With the added issue of being down to 9 men at one point, Cannock struggled to string periods of possession together. Redditch scored two goal to deservedly draw the game 3-3.


Cannock M2s 3 - 2 Wolverhampton

Cannock M3s1 - 3 Sutton Coldfield

   Cannock started the second half dribbling rather than playing their usual pass and move game. Sutton managed to pick the ball up from a one on one- and the opposition moved forward as unit. They took their chance well, bringing themselves level despite some superb work from keeper C. Luke.
   Cannock tried to regain their lead. Attacks down the right flank instigated by right back J. Luke and right sided midfielder M. Bhaggerutty (of the Bhaggerutty three) showed promise but ultimately lead to nothing. Cannock committed men forward in the push for a goal that would see them lead, but Sutton punished the tiring Cannock side, intercepting on the edge of their own box and breaking with a speedy counter attack to take the lead. Cannock desperately tried to get back into the game- industrious work at both ends of the pitch, Cannock Man Of The Match Lewis Bullman weaved between the midfield and the defensive line, feeding T. Bhaggerutty and coming close to an equaliser. Despite trying to push forward, Cannock started to further lose their grip on the game, forgetting the basics that had made them a formidable opposition last season. As Cannock attempted to attack once more, Sutton stoke the ball and again attempted to isolate the Cannock defence. With the Cannock defence stretched, Sutton played some good simple pass and move hockey to move further ahead.
   Cannock 3’s will feel aggrieved by their display, and the result. Knowing they are capable of much, much more. The first game of the season will need to serve as a warning shot this Cannock team. And we go again.

Cannock goal scorer: D. Prince (Penalty Flick).

Cannock Team:
GK: C.Luke
RB: J. Luke
CB: D. Prince
CB: F. McCall
LB: L. Marsh
RM: H. Jones
CM: T. Butler
CM: M. Cotterill
LM: O. Bhaggerutty
CF: T. Bhaggerutty
CF: R. Moscatiello

Sub: M. Bhaggerutty
Sub: L. Bullman
Sub: G. Yerbury

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