Match Reports Weekend 14th/15th October. Report No. 7

Posted by Victoria Adams on 15 October 2017

Cannock M1s 3 - 3 Durham University 

   Men's 1s travelled to Durham University in upbeat mood following two wins in a row. The task ahead was never going to be easy against a side who won last years league with a perfect 18 wins from 18 games record.
   However, the young Stags showed no fear for the statistics & soon took control of the game & opened the scoring after 5 minutes from a Callum Stacey penalty corner following some good approach work by Callum Swinnerton-Ions.
   The early advantage saw Cannock surge forward in confidence & soon backed up their lead thanks to Matt Wilson goal at the back post following a Josh Keaveney run.
   The game then tightened up & the next goal was scored by Durham Uni just before the interval to see Cannock go in to the break with a narrow 2-1 lead.
   The second half was an interesting affair as Durham pushed forward looking for opening but on the counter attack Cannock threatened & forced Durham into drastic tackles seeing them end the game with a total of 5 yellow cards. As the half moved on Durham equalised & swiftly followed up with taking the lead thanks to a smart finish.
   At 2-3 down the Stags didn't capitulate they decided that a battling loss wasn't an option & surged forward to find an equaliser. A bold coaching move saw Cannock end the game with just 2 defenders at the back & the extra forward Conrad Willars entered the Durham circle with 5 minutes to go & force a last ditch penalty corner.
   With the pressure on Callum Stacey, stepped up to dispatch the ball low & hard into the net & see the game all level at 3-3. Despite late pressure for Cannock they couldn't force a victory but on the whole a fine pointt away from home against a team still unbeaten.
   Next week sees Doncater visit Chase Park for a Saturday night under the lights fixture as the young Stags will push to pressurise the early league pace setters.


Cannock M2s 1 - 7 Loughborough 


Cannock Men 3s 0 - 4 Birmingham University

Cannock Mens 3s had their first home game of the season welcoming Birmingham Uni to Chase Park. It was antisipated that this would be a tough battle against a young and fit team that bolstered a squad of 16. The game started with Birmingham Uni holding most of the possession of the ball, not allowing Cannock to gain much momentum. Chances soon came the oppositions way but Cannock stood firm seeing off a barrage of attacks. Eventually Birmingham snuck a goal after Cannock failed to clear their lines and allowed Birmingham to tap in a scrappy chance. 0-1.
   Cannock held their heads and pressed on, they soon started to string some passes together and ventured into the oppositions half, but just struggled to probe the D to make any meaningful chances. A chance eventually came from some good work down the left side with Lewis Micheal delivering a cross which Ed Martin couldn’t quite finish off.
   The second half came and Cannock started to tire. Birmingham started to press further up the pitch and started to pick holes in the Cannock defence, some slick moves from Birmingham allowed them to rocket a reverse hit into the top corner. 0-2. 10 minutes later a similar chance came again from a free hit and another reverse strike saw the ball fired low between the keepers legs. 0-3.
   Cannock tried to force some attacks with Chris Mayer finding some neat passes to the forward line but they were never in control to make it count. This allowed Birmingham to gain control once again and they found their way into the Cannock D, the initial save was forced by stand in keeper Tom Widdowson but the second phase wasn’t cleared and after Matt Wheldon battled to clear the line it was to late as the ball crept over the line. 0-4.
   A tough day all round but non the less a brave and spirited performance from a side that included a number of debutants. Other teams will not doubt see worse results against them when facing a taltented side such as Birmingham Uni. The 3s travel to Nottingham next week to face rivals Beeston, looking to replicate the 3-1 win from last season.


Cannock Mens 4s 1 - 5 Halesowen 
   Cannock travelled to Old Hales with a bare 11 which due to unavailability was composed mainly of players from the 5th team. Despite an unexpectedly  bright start, Cannock conceded 2 soft goals to trail at the break. 
   Old Hales killed off the the game as a contest early in the second half with 2 goals in quick succession. Cannock did regain some hope with a goal from Mark Cotterill before Old Hales scored a final breakaway goal to produce a 5-1 result.


Cannock M6s 5 - 3 Newport 

After being 2 nil down, the men managed to get the goals back and a deserved three points. 


Cannock Ladies 1s 4 - 1 Oxford *Team of the week*

   Cannock Ladies 1s welcomed Oxford hawks to chase park for what can only be described as a must win for Cannock who were yet to get points or goals!
   The home side started with good energy but found themselves chasing the game early on in the first half when Oxford took one of their only real opportunities to convert.
   Cannock dusted themselves down and took the game back to oxford getting a short corner fairly quickly after the re start. Oxford keeper saved the straight strike only for Sophie Tibbets to tap the rebound over the line. Cannock went 2-1 before half time with a first time slap from Jodie Beddow
   Second half Oxford seemed to tire and made plenty of mistakes that Cannock capitalised on, Lily walker got a brace and earned herself player of the match to see Cannock take their first points (and goals) of the season


Cannock L2s 2 - 2 Sutton Coldfield 

   Cannock 2nds faced Sutton Coldfield. They were expecting a tough game against a well organised physical squad. In the first half Cannock dominated but it was Sutton, on a break who took the lead. Shortly afterwards Lou Humphrey's gained a flick for Cannock which was scored by Nick and half time ended with a draw.
   The second half  was quite even with both teams having  numerous opportunities to score goals. However, it was Sutton Coldfield, who again went ahead, scoring their second goal from a penelty corner. Cannock fought back hard and the equaliser came , scored by Rachel Drayton-Chana. The match ended with a 2:2 draw, making Cannocks' third draw of the season.


Cannock ladies 3s 7 - 2 Bloxwich
Cannock Ladies 3s had a very eventful game against Bloxwich ladies 2s. Bloxwich came out with an attacking mindset but Cannock soon took the possession of the game and scored the first goal within minutes from Jenna martin’s ability to drive into their D and put it around their keeper. Cannock suffered from a break by bloxwich as the score went to 1-1. 
   However, the strong Cannock team was not deterred and pushed ahead converting goals from all around the pitch and from short corners. Bloxwich has identified Jenna Martin as a strong player and in a one on one with the goalkeeper she was taken out and did some damage to her shoulder. She bravely fought on and the score was 5-1 at half time. 
   The second half saw bloxwich come out strong again but Cannock soon shut that down and took another goal. Following a deflection from a short corner strike and a scrabble from bloxwich off the line a penalty flick was awarded to Cannock who unfortunately couldn’t convert it. One of the Bloxwich players then suffered an injury from a Cannock tackle and was down for a while. Bloxwich came back fighting when play resumed and scored a lucky goal from a break away. However Cannock answered with a great strike from lucy black to end the game 7-2. Goals, Jenna Martin 5, Emma Smith 2, Jenny Collins, Lucy Black. Player of the match Jenna Martin. 
   The ladies 3s were happy with the win and have closed another point gap on goal difference with Bloxwich 1s ladies who are top of the league and joint on points. All eyes are on beating bloxwich 1s to ensure we dominate the staffs 1 division. We will need lots of supporters for that game on 4th November at Sneyd school.


Cannock L4s 4 - 1 Tamworth

   Cannock played Tamworth 2s, knowing beforehand it was going to be a tough game as Tamworth have not yet lost a game this season. But unfortunately Cannocks efforts were not enough for the newly formed Tamworth squad and Cannock suffered their first loss of the season.Well done to Jemma Bowen for getting Cannocks only goal, and Alice Clay for saving so many. Cannock travel to Leek next week.


Cannock L5s 2 - 1 Tamworth

   Cannock played exceptionally well today against Tamworth, with a newly devised team they resulted in a 2-1 win! The first goal of Cannock's been scored in the first half by Mary O'Brien and the second goal by Ashlin McAree in the second half, six minutes before the end of the game. The team played well together and increased the tempo as the game proceeded. Cannock's players of the match went to the goalkeeper, Donna Rose and the captain Mandy McColl.

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