Match Reports Saturday 2nd December. Report No. 14

Posted by Victoria Adams on 4 December 2017

Cannock L2s 7 – 1 Worcester
   Cannock ladies 2s played a friendly against Worcester to finish the first half of their season. Cannock started a bit lethargic and allowing the opposition to bring the game to them resulting. In them going 1-0 down
   However this kick started Cannock into passing the ball around and playing some good team hockey.


Cannock L3s 6 – 3 Dudley
   Cannock Ladies 3rd team played an exciting home fixture against Dudley ladies 1st team at home on a very grey, dull, rainy day this weekend. The match intensity started well from Cannock with two early goals scored and a solid team performance. At half time the team spoke about the need to tighten up on defending as Dudley had a couple of good breaks.
   It was clear from the start of the second half that Dudley really wanted to make advantages of their chances and had a couple of quick breaks with some confident strikes putting Cannock on the back foot. The score went to 2-2 and it was game on!
   Cannock bounced back with some great saves from keeper Tiegan Cooke and the determination of the midfield to channel the ball well and put the pressure back onto Dudley. Excellent team performances from Shelly Hodgson, Hannah Cole, Emma smith and Vicky Wilkes made Cannock a force to be reckoned with as it went to 3-2. Again Dudley kept pushing back and Cannocks defence were left trailing as the score went to 3-3. However we stood strong as a team and some excellent open play combined with quality striking from Vicky wilkes saw Cannock go on to win the game 6-3.
   It has been a great first half of the season and the team are looking forward to a short break before getting back to it in the new year and showing staffs div 1 what we’re made of. Thanks to all our supporters for this half of the season and we wish Nick Gore well with his upcoming operation in a few weeks.


Cannock L4s 0 – 2 Stone
   Cannock ladies 4s travelled to Stone on a cold wet Saturday morning. Stone started off strongly scoring an unstoppable top corner strike. Cannock feeling deflated let in a further goal before half time.Half time team talk focused on raising our and taking the game to Stone. The 2nd half saw Cannock dominate the play with a number of attacks on the Stone goal and were unfortunate not to score having gone frustratingly close.
   Player of the match was Jess Smith for making some fantastic saves in the 1st half and keeping us in the game.


Cannock L5s 0 – 3 Leek
   Cannock Ladies 5’s travelled to Leek for their game. Unfortunately the effort and play of each individual playing for Cannock was not represented by the final result of 3-0.
   Throughout the game, Cannock had shots on goal but were deflected, in the meantime of Leek having shots, which majority were deflected by Cannock defence. The player of the match from Leek went to Georgia Lloyd and Cannock’s player of the match went to Kim McColl.


Cannock M3s 8 – 1 Edgbaston
   Cannock Men’s 3s welcomed Edgbaston to Chase Park. Edgbaston were sitting bottom of the table and Cannock looked to exploit that. The game started with with maximum intensity from Cannock and it wasn’t long before the first goal came. Already having had a number of chances, a quick fire shot at goal from Ed Martin was initial saved by the keeper but the ball fell onto the foot of the defender and into the goal. 1-0. A similar goal followed soon after, this time by Danny Swinnerton-Ions, a deflection hit the post and onto the keepers helmet and back into the goal 2-0.
   Edgbaston made some attempts to break away from their half but never threatened Cannock. Soon a 3rd goal arrived, this time from returning Cannock man Chris Darnley. Cannock looked comfortable and pushed to extend the lead, but as we pressed up the field Edgbaston managed to pick up a loose ball and a counter attack on the two man defence led to a short corner, which found a mis-hit bouncing ball slot into the far corner. 3-1.
   Not dropping our heads, Cannock reacted well to resume the three goal lead. Once again Chris Darnley worked the ball into the D and slotted home a well struck shot. 4-1.
   The second half came and Cannock looked to press on and extend the lead. A fifth goal then came from Danny, he picked the ball up from the half way line, weaved around three defenders, bounced the ball into the D and flicked it into the bottom corner 5-1.
   Then the 6th came, Tom Widdowson picked the ball on the edge of the D and found a foot for a short corner. Chris Mayer flicked the ball from the top of the D to the far post and Chris Darnley slid in to deflect the ball high into three roof of the net. 6-1.
   It was all one way traffic at this point and soon it was number 7, another short corner taken by James Griffiths who passed the ball to the right to Tom, then back to James on the penalty spot, who then flicked it into the roof of the net. 7-1.
   Time was running out but Cannock weren’t done yet, the ball was carried in the middle of the pitch by the captain Tom, who chucked an aerial ball over the top of the defence on to Ed who had a clear run at goal, the keeper rushed out and closed down the ball but the ball fell wide to the oncoming Chris Darnley who calmly slotted home his third for the day. Final Score 8-1.
   A convincing performance by a well drilled Cannock side who increase their goal difference and pushed their way up the table into 5th. Cannock 3s look to take on Lichfield next week who sit directly below them 1 point behind.
MoM: Chris Darnley
DoD: Angus Bulpitt


Cannock M4s 1 – 2 Worcester
   Cannock travelled down the M5 to Worcester in hope of picking up some much needed points. Cannock were not at their best in the first half with few opportunities for either side but Worcester lead 1-0 courtesy of a short corner at the break.
   Cannock were much improved in the second half and equalised with a goal from Paul Martin. Cannock creates the better chances and had more of the ball but succumbed to a Worcester counter attack which made it 2-1.
   They will be looking to next week’s final league game before Christmas to give them a boost before the start of the second half of the season.
DOD Evan Alcock
MOM Phil Micklewright


Cannock M5s 6 – 1 Old Wulfs

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