The Ladies 1st XI faced Sheffield Hallam 1s at The Edge on Saturday in what turned out to be a goal extravaganza. A blistering first half saw Edge four goals up at halftime: the first from Lexi Archer deflecting a short corner strike from birthday girl Sarah Hopkin and the second from a scramble in the D where Nic Hall picked up a shot from Amanda Bennison. Three and four came from short corner routines which saw Annie Hebb and Dominique Debeijer’s names added to the list of goal scorers. Hallam came out with renewed fight and vigour in the second half and managed to pull a goal back but, almost immediately, Nic Hall stole the ball from a defender and crossed for Amanda Bennison to finish, taking the score to 5-1. Sheffield came back again and scored a further two from short corner routines before Edge woke up, allowing Sarah Hopkin to sink her own goal from a short corner before Man of the Match Issy Reynolds-Duffy took a pass from Annie Hebb and rounded the goal keeper to push the ball into an empty net. Final score 7-3. The Ladies head to Doncaster, who currently sit one place above them in Premier League North, next weekend for what promises to be a tougher match.
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The Mens 1s faced Timperley in a mid-table clash in their North Premier League fixture. The game started with Edge settling into good spells of possession but they struggled to create open chances, with the exception of a few shouts for short corners that were turned down.
Edge dominated possession and restricted Timperley to just a few counter attack opportunities in the first half but it wasn't until just before the half time break that Edge fashioned a few chances with Warburton and Part narrowly missing opportunities. The second half began in similar fashion with Edge dominating possession. They finally managed to break the deadlock when Warburton found Johnson who finished smartly with a first time shot into the corner of the goal.
Edge then began to sit back which invited some pressure from Timperley and had to rely on Jim Riley to make a string of strong saves. However, the pressure eventually told and Timperley scored an equaliser in the final two minutes. A disappointing result for Edge who will feel they should have won with the amount of possession they had.
In Cheshire League division 1 the Ladies 2s home fixture against Macclesfield 1s also ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw while the 3s went down 0-3 away against Lymm. The 2s has the majority of possession and numerous short corners in their match but struggled to penetrate Macc’s very organised defence. The match was goal-less at half time before Macc scored from a highly contentious short corner. Edge came back strongly but still struggled to convert possession into chances until Lois McTiffin lifted a shot above Macclesfield goal keeper. Man of the Match was Liv Moores who was beyond tireless.
The Ladies 4s were away to Wilmslow 3s in Cheshire League division 3 and won 3-1. With a concede last week, the young team were fired up and determined from the start, taking control of the game against an experienced, and soon frustrated, Wilmslow. Izzy Broadhurst scored twice, the result of some great play down the wings, with Amber Oxley adding a third. Special mention goes to Mandi Rowark who was calm and collected in goal.
The 5s beat Northop Hall Ladies 2s 3-1 in division 4 while the 6s trip to Runcorn proved an equally prosperous one, securing all three points by also winning 3-1. The 7s lost 0-1 against Chester 5s at Wilmslow High School in division 6.
The Mens 2s lost a tetchy home game 2-6 against a young and fast Windermere 1s in North League division 2, this result elevating the visitors to the top of the league. The 3s were away to Wilmslow 2s in North-West division 3, the match ending in an 1-2 undeserved defeat for Edge, against well-drilled, hard-pressing opponents. The game was played in a good spirit by both teams, with Edge creating chances but struggling to convert them, Ollie Willdig hitting both posts before being carried off the pitch with a nasty hamstring injury. Wilmslow finally broke through Edge’s defence in the 50th minute with a contentious goal but Edge kept their heads up and continued to attack, skipper Andy Walker finding the equaliser from a short corner. Sadly, however, within minutes, Edge’s only major defensive error of the game was pounced upon by Wilmslow and they scored the winner.
The 4s took on a physical and experienced Runcorn 1s in North-West division 4. Runcorn sat second in the league going into the match and were riding high after a 10-1 victory the previous week. Regardless, Edge made an electric start and were quickly two goals up courtesy of Charlie Whittaker and Rory Savin. Unfortunately, the team tired slightly in the unseasonably warm weather and were pegged back towards the end of the first half. Edge re-grouped during half time and dominated the second half scoring twice through James Parkin and Louis Godfrey. Final score, 4-2 winners and great to get some points on the board at last. Man of the Match Charlie Whittaker.
The 5s and 6s lost their respective games against Bangor 1s and Knutsford 3s and sadly the 7s s also lost 3-1 at home to Bowdon 8s in North-West division 8 despite playing some great hockey. Conor O'Ferrall scored his first goal for team and Man of the Match was Patrick Whitmore.
Sunday saw age groups young and old kick off their England Hockey Championship cup campaigns. The boys and girls U16s both faced local rivals Bowdon. The girls played extremely well as a unit and their quick and slick passing left Bowdon wanting. They ran out 4-1 winners with Libby McCoy scoring a hat trick and Lois McTiffin pushing home Edge’s other goal.
The boys’ game finished 2-2 in what was a fast-paced game from the off. Bowdon were relentless in their attack but Edge firm and their quality passes and tackles were eventually rewarded with goals from Simon Swatland and James Parkin.
The U18 girls put six past Huddersfield-Halifax with goals from Elise Johnson, Nic Hall, Ellie Ward, Lexi Archer, Emily Fell and Issy Mowatt and, not to be outdone, the U14 boys fought hard for a 3-2 win over Neston. Archie Benton found the back of the net twice and Thomas Owen once.
The O35 women were outplayed by a very organised Solihull Blossomfield and lost 0-7 but goals from Martin Webb, Tom Sibley, Nick Rudgard and Tim Jackson helped the O50 men to a 4-0 win away to Wakefield.
A mid-afternoon trip to Bolton saw Beavers A notch up their first win of the season, putting six goals past their hosts. With no goalkeeper and a couple of boys playing their first game of hockey, Edge made a nervous start but soon started to apply pressure to the Bolton defence, winning their first ever penalty stroke which was niftily converted by Archie Offer, who went on to score a hat trick. Three more goals followed before the half time break, followed by another two in the second half. Man of the Match went to Zach Wright.
Beavers C’s had a lesson in resilience and getting behind the ball when they hosted Neston at Fallibroome. Edge’s girls seemed a little overawed by Neston’s physical presence on the pitch but got stuck in as best they could, holding the opposition 0-0 in the first and final quarters but sadly letting in four thumping goals in the second and third quarters. Man of the Match went to Olivia Jones.