Weekend Match Reports 12th October 2019

Posted by Victoria Adams on 13 October 2019

Cannock M1s 4 - 3 Sutton Coldfiled M2s 

   The first home game of the season saw Sutton Coldfield 2nds travel over to Erasmus Darwin. Cannock were missing Harry Jawanda and Stu Gooderham from last week and gave Sam Cattell a first league game of the season.
   Cannock started well and took a 1-0 lead through a Will Fleet drag flick into the bottom corner. Both teams had extended periods of pressure but Cannock got the second goal as Ed Martin scored a trademark 2 yard finish. It remained 2-0 at half time but Cannock had been on the back foot after a yellow card to Harry Michael and experienced goalkeeper Chewy having to be replaced by Connor Lloyd-Smith due to a calf injury. 
   In the second half Cannock kept pushing and made it 3-0 through another Fleet drag flick, this time into the opposite corner. Sutton got back in the game with a short corner of their own and then continued to put Cannock under pressure. Veteran full backs James Hudson and Tom Spencer stood firm in defence for much of the second half. Later in the half, Will Fleet found Andrew Hodgetts ,who was wondering after a butterfly, alone on the Sutton 25 and he crossed for Lewis Michael to make it 4-1. Sutton continued to push and got two goals back late on but Cannock held on, again a man down after Lewis Michael this time got a yellow card. 

Two wins in a row for Cannock, who welcome Bridgnorth to Erasmus Darwin next week.


Cannock Men’s 2s 0 - 1 Buxton M3s 

   Saturday 12th October saw the first home game of the season for Cannock 2’s against Buxton 3’s at EDA. Cannock started well on the front foot for the first 5 minutes of the game, with a lot of the play being in the oppositions half. But this was undone by a well-worked goal for the visitors from a mistake by Cannock, with one of their only shots on target in the 10th minute.  After this knock back Cannock worked hard in front of goal with half chances coming from Evan Alcock, Joe Matthews and Bruce Alcock, but none were converted. As the half continued it saw both teams have extensive periods of play, with Cannock having several chances to draw pig’s blood before the break to go in level.
   The second half started with Cannock having the majority of the play with the midfield pressing high and the forwards seeing a lot of the ball. With the flurry of consecutive short corners and sweet nothings in front of goal, Gary Stacy took aim and like a raging typhoon crunched the ball against the post for one of the better chances of the half.  The last 25 minutes saw another surge of efforts by Cannock with Buxton not getting out of their half. The best chance came to captain Paul Martin trying an accidental reverse stick to the amazement of his teammates, only to find a great save by the visiting keeper to palm it away. Player of the match, Lee Hames created several chances in the last 10 minutes working well with Matt Wheldon on the right hand side, but nothing was to prevail.

Overall a disappointing end to a good performance by the 2’s, who hope to get back to winning ways away at Wolverhampton next week.


Cannock M3s 8 - 0 Newport M2s

   Cannock travelled to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall and were treated to a game on the pristine blue "smurfturf". It was a pitch that deserved a good performance and that what Cannock delivered. The youthful Cannock side dominated the game from the start, scoring 5 goals in the first half and a further 3 in the second, only thwarted by a resolute Newport defence from taking the scoreline well into double figures.
Such was Cannock's dominance that their keeper was only called into action on one occasion.

Man of the match was Nat Yerbury who slotted in well to centre mid, clearly relishing the responsibility of the role.

Goals came from Dave Wigg (4), Lewis Asling (3) and one from Henry Jones.


Cannock L1s 1 - 6 Nottingham Univeristy 

Cannock L2s 2 - 2 Kettering 

Cannock ladies 3s 4-2 North staffs 1s 

   Cannock started the game strong, taking North Staffs by surprise. North Staffs we’re sitting second in the league. Cannock opened the scoring by some great open pitch play, a shot on goal by Ashlin was deflected into the goal by Anya. Great team work. Shortly after Cannock made it 2-0, this time Pippa Hawkes slotting the ball away. Cannock allowed North Staffs back into the game but Cannock brilliantly defended many short corners on the bounce to keep North Staffs out.
   Starting the second half Cannoxk knee they had to step up there fame to keep the win. North Staffs managed to get a goal making it 2-1 before Cannock got another short corner and Victoria Adams putting the ball away. Again North staffs broke away and managed to slot in another goal, Cannock did not give up though winning another short corner for Sammi Dunn to follow up and score the rebound. Final score 4-2, well deserved 3 points. A great team performance, but still a lot to build on. POM - Sammi Dunn.

Cannock L4s 6 - 1 Stafford L4s 

   Cannock 4s hosted Stafford 4s at EDA, with both sides starting the match strongly. Cannock sought to put their stamp on the match early, winning a short corner within the first couple of minutes. They weren't able to convert, but kept up the pressure until Michelle Woodward took advantage of a rebound from the keeper to slot the ball into the back of the net. Cannock were soon 2-0 up, after Kim McColl ran the ball in to the D, lifted it over an opposition stick and hit it through another player's legs to score. Not to be outdone, Michelle Woodward found the back of the goal again, before a mighty strike from Rachel Hughes near the edge of the D ensured Cannock finished the first half 4-0 up.
   As the second half opened Cannock fought for more goals, but though they often moved the ball into the opposition D, they couldn't find the back of the goal. As the second half progressed Lucy Norwood made a fantastic run down the pitch to pass to Rachel Hughes, who scored her second goal of the match. During a hard fought battle in the D, Kim McColl hustled the ball over the line for the home team's sixth goal of the match. Close to the end of the second half Stafford won a short corner, and took advantage of a deflection to score a consolation goal.

POM: The opposition gave POM to Kim McColl, the team awarded POM to Rachel Hughes

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