Weekend Match Reports 8th February 2020

Posted by Victoria Adams on 10 February 2020

Cannock M1s 2 - 1  Olton

   With an 8 point lead at the top of the table, Cannock welcomed one of the chasing pack to Erasmus Darwin. The Stags were boosted with the return of new father Dave Harris and insanity failure Stuart Gooderham back to the team. Cannock started quickly out the blocks and if it wasn’t for a swing and miss from Harris it would of been one nil within the first minute. Olton then had a lot of possession for the first ten minutes with Cannock struggling to connect many forward passes. Eventually Cannock did take the lead after a Fleet cross was deflected in by Harris. The 100th goal of Cannock season! 
   The game continued to be a battle with a lot of turn overs from both sides. A real moment of quality was needed for Cannock’s second. The move started with Cannock’s American midfielder Widdowson tackling in midfield. This was followed by some lovely close passing leading to Ed Martin scoring a delightful push into the bottom corner. A fantastic moment for Martin ,who after discipline issues and yum yum withdrawal problems, needed a goal to build his confidence. Olton got back into the game after a mistake from Fleet in the D. Near the end of the half,  controversy arose when Dippa deflected the ball in from a Gooderham cross only for both umpires to disagree and give a long corner instead.  It was 2-1 at half time.
   The second half followed a similar theme throughout. Cannock missing chances and Olton counter attacking. Olton’s goalkeeper made a couple of great saves to keep it at 2-1. Cannock were put under a lot of pressure and needed saves from Chewy and a pick off the line from the skipper to keep their lead. The defence held firm and despite the array of missed chances, Cannock won the game 2-1
With wins for Barford and Redditch, Cannock remain 8 points clear.


Cannock M2s 2 - 0 Wednesbury 

   Cannock turned up to play Wednesbury on a cold but sunny Saturday afternoon, expecting a niggly annoying match, certainly if past encounters where anything to go by. Having an ex Wednesbury player amongst the Cannock ranks gave the team an in-site into what they were about to be up against which included a number for ex first teamers. That said, Cannock started off strong closing down Wednesbury and cancelling out their long and aerial balls with ease. 
   Cannock didn’t really didn’t make the most of their attacking chances until super Bruce came on to give Cannock a striking edge. His movement in the D opened up for Skipper Paul to set an easy tap in for Jack Rolfe on the P spot. Unfortunately for Cannock super Bruce became Hulk Bruce not long after and sadly got sent off after he was awarded a free hit on the edge of the D. Apparently his choice of words weren’t appreciated by the umpire, and neither the flight of the stick to follow. 
   Either way Cannock really pulled together  after this upset and properly started playing as a team to cancel out the home advantage. Daffern and Micklewright where solid and unwavering at the back and made light work of Wednesbury’s long ball attack. The relentless Cannock attacks eventually left a resolute Wednesbury wide open at the back and an uncharacteristic run from the welsh/Italian wonder Raff and an even more uncharacteristic pass across the face of goal to set up the ever youthful skipper  up for the second goal of the match. It was a moment that epitomised the halftime team talk about working as a team and being unselfish.  The only other threat from Wednesbury came at the death of the match in the form of a PC which was expertly cleared by their injector by way of an awful pass to the top of the D, which signalled the end of the match.

MOTM to Liam Daffern for a performance at the back any defender would have been proud.

The win keeps Cannock in second place 4 points ahead of 3rd but still a long way back from an unfaltering Lichfield leading the way. Next week will see Cannock host Stone in what should be a tight game towards the promotion places.


Cannock M3s 6 - 1 Stone M4s

   Cannock 3s entertained Stone 4s on a sunny afternoon at EDA in a game that Cannock were determined to win after being held to a 2-2 draw earlier on in the season at Stone. Cannock started with an experienced team with the added value of a few youngsters for some legs. They were straight at Stone with Wigg scoring from open play only for the whistle to go for a short corner as it went across the line. This didn’t dismay them too much as they scored from a well worked routine with Wigg and Bradbury playing a neat one two for Wigg to score. Not long after the home side had another short corner which again was well worked between four of the most experienced players in the club let alone on the pitch with Cotterill injecting to Wigg to Bradbury to Butler to finish off.  Cannock at this point were playing some nice stuff and another short corner made it 3-0 at halftime, again Wigg the scorer but this time from a direct strike in the bottom right corner.
   Halftime team talk was an easy one, key message being continue to move the ball and make our chances count to send the skipper the good news of three points whilst he was at work.
   Another two goals followed without reply in the second half, again both from short corners and both scored by Wigg. Stone got a goal back at 5-1 to which Cannock replied with another goal this time taken well by Matt Bhageerutty. A good win played in a good spirit throughout by Stone. Cannock pleased with 5 goals from short corner routines. Man of the match went to Finn McCall for an assured display at right back setting plenty of attacks on the way. Also a fine performance from Chris Luke as stand in goalkeeper make a few good stops in the absence of regular keeper and skipper Rufus Horn. Legs and bones will be aching in the morning from the experienced (old boys) but well worth it.

Goals: Wigg 4, Butler 1, Bhageerutty 1


Cannock L1s 2 - 6 Nottingham University 

   Cannock ladies 1s travelled to undefeated league leaders Nottingham university and knew they were in for a tough afternoon. Cannock started the game exceptionally well holding off the students in every attack.  After a short break due to an umpire injury Cannock found themselves 1-0 up after notts u I were caught on the counter attack and Lucy Spencer slotted it past the keeper.
   Nottingham university continued to apply the pressure to a strong defensive display from the visiting team and when they deflected their short corners into the defender on the line they found themselves with a penalty flick which thy converted
   Cannock put on a valiant display for much of the game but the third quarter saw them give away several short corners that notts uni converted. Cannock got one back through their own short corners and a deflection from skipper sarah Martin but a strong notts uni performance saw them win 6-2

Mom Jodie Beddow 


Cannock L2s 2 - 1 Kettering 

Cannock L3s 1 - 4 North Stafford 


Cannock L4s 7 - 0 Stafford L4s 

   Cannock Ladies 4s travelled to Beaconside to play Stafford 4s, taking a squad that again welcomed several returning players back to the sport. Cannock dominated the match from pushback to final whistle: a combination of accurate passing, purposeful runs on goal and tight marking giving Stafford no room for manoeuvre. So commanding was Cannock's performance that the home team were unable to secure a single short corner, and visiting goalkeeper Donna Rose did not touch the ball during the whole match.
   Cannock's goals came from a Rachel Hughes hat-trick with a further 2 goals for Mandy McColl and one apiece for returning players Becky Chapman and Nicole Rose. Cannock were denied a higher goal tally by some spectacular and dramatic saves from Stafford's goalkeeper. Final score: 7-0

Donna Rose (GK)
Emma Hunneyball (C)
Tracy Craig
Becky Chapman
Julie Fisher
Jayne Flanagan
Hannah Jordan
Rachel Hughes (POM, opposition and team)
Abby Rhodes
Nicole Rose
Mandy McColl
Viki Marsh

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