Weekend Match Reports 7th March 2020

Posted by Victoria Adams on 9 March 2020

Cannock M1s 6 - 3 Solihull Blossomfield 

   On a sunny Saturday morning, Cannock welcomed Solihull to the Erasmus Darwin arena knowing a point would see them crowned league champions. Cannock knew it would not be easy after their horrendous performance the previous week. The skipper had the luxury of two subs and used the inexperienced Jawanda and Gooderham as his starting subs. 
   The Cannock team started well with excellent defensive structure meaning Solihull struggled to leave their half. This continued pressure lead to the opening goal. After a typical dazzling surge forward from Fleet, he played into the D and then delightfully flicked over the keeper for the bountiful-beaked Bloomer to get his first of the day. 
   Cannock continued to press forward but the game lacked flow after a few debatable umpiring decisions were pleasantly debated by both sides. The second goal came from a short corner. The ball broke to Jawanda who elegantly thundered it into the bottom corner. 
   Cannock ended the half with 9 players on the pitch. Firstly, Widdowson received a yellow card for a robust challenge. The kind of challenge not normally associated with the Boston born playmaker. This incident lifted the intensity of the game and it did become heated. Luckily, Skipper Fleet showed his calmness and generosity. After a committing a foul, he nicely gave the ball back to the opposition. For this he received a green card.
   The second half started with Solihull putting a great deal of pressure on the 9-manned Cannock. Hannibal Chappell and the ever positive Hudson marshalled the side excellently keeping Solihull at bay until both Widdowson and Fleet returned. 
   Cannock’s third goal came after a huge Solihull mistake. The quietly spoken Solihull full back passed it straight to Bloomer who kindly made it 3-0. 
   Solihull got a goal back after a penalty flick was given. During the aftermath of the decision, Cannock received their second yellow card of the game after Harry Michael questioned the umpire with phrasing that could only be from a born and bred Cannock lad. 3-1 The standard in the game dropped with both teams attacking quickly but without any real quality. However, Cannock got 3 more goals. The 4th was a well worked corner in which Jawanda finished into the bottom corner.  The 5th was a typical  Dippa-Lineker finish at the far post. The 6th was identical to the 4th! 
   In between the 5th and 6th goal, Cannock did have to manage with 10 players again. Once again, the vengeance-fuelled Widdowson broke the play down aggressively in the middle of the park. We can only feel sorry for the innocent bystanders who had to witness it. Cannock then tried to mange the game. Ed Martin in particular using Titanic turns in the middle of the park to look after the ball.
   However, after an interesting substitution from the renown tactician Dippa left Cannock with only 3 defenders on the pitch. Also with a forward and midfield line not enjoying the thought of running defensively, spaces were left open. Solihull scored 2 goals to finish the game. 
   The game finished 6-3 meaning Cannock have completed what they set out to do in September and gained promotion. They will now look to finish the season strongly and maintain their 100% Saturday record!


Cannock L1s 2 - 0 Flyde 

   Cannock ladies 1s travelled to fylde near sunny Blackpool in a must win game to keep their survival chances alight. Cannock found themselves 1-0 up after only 2 mins from a short corner.  Cannock continued in the positive and strong manner and quickly found themselves 2-0 up from another well taken short corner.
   Fylde came out after half time looking to get back into the game and scored a quick goal straight after the whistle. Cannock held off the pressure from the home side to take the 3 points back to Cannock and move them out of the relegation places. Both goals from sarah Martin 😊


Cannock L4s 2 - 1 North Staffs 

   Cannock 4s travelled to North Staffs for a friendly, expecting a tough game. North Staffs had first pushback and were quick off the mark: their young team caught Cannock by surprise with an impressive run down the pitch and the visitors found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline within the first five minutes of the match.
   Cannock tightened up their marking and focused on working the ball back into the opposition 23, keeping the lion's share of the possession and winning several short corners. Their determination was rewarded when Mandy McColl blasted the ball into the back of the goal. 
   North Staffs were quick on the break, but strong defensive work and some great saves from Judy G meant North Staffs were unable to make another mark on the match. As the second half wore on Cannock's trademark grit and resilience shone through, as they battled relentlessly and were finally rewarded with a goal from Rachel Hughes. Final score North Staffs 1- 2 Cannock


Judy Ganecki (GK)
Jayne Flanagan
Tracey Lloyd Smith
Tracy Craig
Julie Fisher
Abby Rhodes (POM)
Emma Hunneyball (C)
Rachel Hughes
Hannah Jordan
Mandy McColl
Vicky Rhodes
Becky Chapman

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