Weekend Match Reports 17th November 2018

Posted by Victoria Adams on 19 November 2018

Cannock L1s 1 - 3 Birmingham University L2s 

Cannock ladies 1s welcomes Birmingham uni 2s to chase park for the penultimate game of the first half of the season. Cannock battled hard and remained composed for the majority of the game pressuring the students for large chunks of the game
   Cannock found themselves 1-0 down at half time when their slow reactions allowed the students to get through he lines and score. Cannock knew the game was still in their hands after the break and worked hard to try and find a goal. Unfortunately the next goal came from birmingham putting. Them 2-0 up from a penalty corner.
   Cannock hit back in open ply through a Lucy Spencer goal but Birmingham saw the game off with a third leaving the home side disappointed at an undeserving 3-1 loss

Man of match Lucy Spencer

 

Cannock L2s 0 - 1 Sutton Coldfield

   Cannock 2s faced Sutton Coldfield in a hard match, a win would mean a mid table position for cannock. The first half was pretty even with both teams having a few chances which weren’t converted this left cannock vulnerable for the second half.
   Most of the game was played in Cannocks’ half, with the Cannock keeper, player of the match penny, making some great saves to keep the side in the game. MOM - Penny

Cannock L3s 4 - 1 Stafford L2s 

   Cannock 3s traveled to Stafford’s home pitch with a strong squad. With hopes high after an excellent team talk, Cannock went out to the pitch and put fear into Stafford straight from the warm up. From the first pushback, Cannock applied pressure onto the home side and gained many penalty corners and shots on target. All were saved from the Stafford defence until Cannock scored two goals close together.    After 20 minutes of relentless running and hard work, Stafford fought back and put the ball into the final 23-zone. After several long corners, Stafford drove the ball towards the baseline where what looked to be a controversial back stick, passed to the top and stopped in front of Charlotte Eyre by defender, Courtney Hill. A touch in front of the goal from Stafford’s centre forward saw the ball go into the goal.    Finishing the half at 3-1, two goals to Lucy Black, Cannock picked up their heads and went back out fighting after an inspirational talk team yet again at half time. The second half saw more attacking from Cannock and captain Lucy Black found the backboard once more from an outstanding baseline run and pass from Jill. The game finished 4-1.

(Deservedly) POM - Lucy Black

 

Cannock M1s 3 - 2 Stourport M1s 

   Cannock started this game determined to put the past few games behind them and to prove what they are capable of, and they delivered. The game was fiercely competed from start to finish with both sides taking it in turns to dominate areas of the pitch. Stourport opened the scoring , but their lead was quickly cancelled out as Martin received a clinical through ball  which he struck into the bottom corner of the net.    Stourport fought back to retake the lead, but again, Cannock rallied with England pouncing on a breakdown in the D to fire into the roof of the net. Maintaining the pressure, Gladwin capitalised on am initial save by the Stourport ‘keeper, to take the lead. In the second half,    Cannock withstood increasing pressure as Stourport fought to breakdown the Cannock defence, but the line held fast despite facing several short corners in a row. The Chase Park side could have extended their lead shortly before the final whistle but for the work of the Stourport keeper. This was a very important victory and a valuable three points.

 

Cannock M5s - Old Wolfs 4s 

   Cannock 5ths welcomed Old Wulfs 4ths to chase park with the evening drawing in for a 4pm push back , the skipper made sure all players were aware of what a tight contested game this could be from looking at both teams results and effort that needed to go in by everyone , the game started with both sides having a fair few chances however as the half went on Cannock became the more dominant force with plenty of passing/running and talking hockey , after a while the deadlock was broken when Cannock had a break seeing Greg Yerbury getting his first ever goal a tap in , it was only fitting as this team is made up mostly lads and their dads that the pass came from his son Nat Yerbury.
   Half time score 1-0 to Cannock, with the game going well a few players spoke up at half time wise words from Kevin,Don,Andy H and Andy d ,Dave and Nic to help the team tactics and skipper matt made sure the boys were aware that old wulfs would come all guns firing second half to find the equaliser.
   Exactly as the skipper said the second half started and old wulfs slowly becoming dominant force and really putting Cannock under immense pressure calling the keeper into action a few times who had barely touched the ball in the first half, this even resulted in old wulfs getting their first and only PC which was cleaned up nicely by the defensemen which seemed to turn the momentum back in Cannock favour after showing excellent heart in defence all players , now with Cannock making numerous break and winning numerous Penalty corners to try and stretch the lead however none of these chances were taken but Cannock did hold on for a 1-0 victory , a team effort which everyone can be proud of. Two wins on the bounce at home now for this season hopefully we can carry on building season on this and slowly turn chase park into a fortress for our team over time like the captain wants.

MOM -  hugely contested due to many players having a great game , just a few Alex, Sam , Jake G , Jake L and Nat but MOM went to Greg for scoring his first goal which proved to be the winner.

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