Weekend Match Report 12th January 2019

Posted by Victoria Adams on 21 January 2019

Cannock M4s 3 - 0 Wolverhampton 3rds 

   Cannock made a great start to 2019 with a well deserved win over a strong Wolverhampton side. Welcoming back a number of players to the side after injury, work commitments and the minor inconvenience of living much closer to the equator, it felt more like a Cannock team of old. But it was to be the newcomers who made the headlines. Joe Matthews, playing only his 3rd ever game of hockey, scored one goal in each half. The first was a fine individual effort and the second, sliding in to deflect the ball into the goal. Matthews neatly laid the ball off to Jake Griffiths who capped a fine performance of his own with a well finished first goal for the side.
   Every Cannock player had a stormer, with the exception of the keeper, simply because he was called into action omly once, at the end of the game, in order to maintain his clean sheet.
A fine performance all round, which sets up the platform for a successful second half of the season.

MOM - Joe Matthews, not just for his goals, but also for his tireless workrate.


Cannock M5s 0 - 8 Bridgnorth M5s
   Cannock 5ths made the long trip to Bridgnorth a game to be played under the floodlights , Cannock with the bare 11 to Bridgnorth's full 16 man squad, the game started and it was Cannock who had the first chance of the match after Matt Bhageerutty making a break into the opposition D, with a lovely cross to Greg Yerbury but the chance couldn't be taken. Bridgnorth turned the tide and put Cannock under immense pressure and had Cannock defence right on the back foot hitting the posts twice and being denied numerous times by the keeper. After 25 minutes Bridgnorth broke the deadlock when rather than going for power as of before they went for more placement to beat the keeper and put them 1-0 up. Cannock for the rest of the half found themselves under pressure with back three of Alex Westwood , Nic colcough and Ollie bhageerutty did their best to keep out Bridgnorth, with constant attack and again keeper and skipper Matt Edwards was called into action several times to deny Bridgnorth on quite few occasion but could not stop them adding two more goals before half time.
   Second half Bridgnorth attack was on the up but was to be denied several times for the first quarter of the second half. Fatigue and tiredness started to play apart for Cannock, with Pete Westwood carrying injury and battling on to his credit, Bridgnorth finally got their first goal of the second half and went on to score 4 more goals one of which was a fantastic last touch by their skipper + their post man.
   Even though the game was the heaviest defeat of the season and hard to take, we want the whole team to go away and be proud, everyone battled right till the end.

MOM - Matt Edwards (Skipper + keeper) with every player voting for him despite fact it was 8-0 pulled off numerous excellent saves and without them score could easily been doubled if not tripled, even opposition commented to lads during game about keepers saves.

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