The Mens 1s faced Brooklands 1s and, although they lost 3-1, the match saw an inaugural club goal from Rob Trem. Overall, it was also a promising performance with a number of regular players still to come back into the squad. Moreover, good performances from Under 18 players Charles Barnes, Billy Hedley and Max Riding bodes well for the season ahead. The men face Didsbury Northern at home in their first North Premier League match in a fortnight.
The Mens 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s all had matches with their relevant opposition at Neston. The 2s beat Neston 1s in what was a good team performance with debuts for Ollie Andrews and Adam Robertson. Jake Rothwell scored the highlight goal of the match with a wonderful reverse stick finish from the top of the D. The 3s lost 3-2 away while the 4s and 5s both won their matches.
The Ladies 1s continued their preparation ahead of their step up to North Hockey Womens Premier League by taking on Brooklands 2s away. The match ended 1-1 with Lexi Archer scoring for Edge. The Ladies had a frustrating first half as a result of poor passing and running into contact. However, they came out much stronger in the second half and had most of the possession.
The Ladies 2s enjoyed a convincing 5-0 away win over Bowdon 3s. Edge were 3-0 up at half time with goals from Izzy Mowatt, Flossie Blackwell and Amy Colledge. Continued pressure and slick passing resulted in two more goals in the second half, both courtesy of Lois McTiffin. A great result and a confidence boost for this young team as they bid to secure promotion out of the Cheshire League this season.
Another very young combined Ladies 3s/4s faced a much more experienced Macclesfield 1st XI at Kings Macclesfield. Edge started nervously and went into half time 0-2 down. They then struggled to contain Macc’s forwards at the start of the second half. A mix up of positions and a dig in from the defence then saw Edge take control in the last 20mins. Goals from Chantelle Carroll and Zoe Thomas saw a final score 2 - 4. Special mention goes to Mikaila James who was the Manager’s Man of the Match and to Liv Moores who stepped in to play in goal.
A brand new Ladies 6s came together well but went down 1-4 to Bowdon 6s and were unlucky to have one of their most experienced players, Emma Cockayne, sidelined with a blood injury in the second half. Short corner corner opportunities went begging on both sides and although Edge lacked confidence in the D, Lindsey Taylor did manage to break through the very experienced Bowdon defence to score Edge’s only goal. Plenty to work on ahead of the team’s first league game but some very encouraging positive play from a group of young and largely inexperienced players.
The Ladies 7s comprised several players making their Ladies hockey debuts and they posted a fantastic 6-2 win over Didsbury Northern. Sophie Smith, Evie Hadfield, Lily Turnball and Lara Tabachnik all got onto the scoresheet for Edge.
The club also fielded three Beavers (typically school years 7 and 8) teams on Saturday. The A team took a trip to Deeside and drew 4-4 after lending their opposition a couple of players when they found themselves short. A failure to ship the ball wide resulted in Desside scoring two soft goals in the first half but Edge grew in confidence as a number of the debutants started to find their feet. Ben Argyle and Archie Offer hit the back of the net for Edge while Oli Farrer was named Man of the Match.
The B team, comprising Under 13 girls, faced tough opposition in the form of Oxton. The final score of 5-1 flattered Oxton and the team played really good hockey for the first game of the season -there’s certainly more to come from this team after a few more weeks of training and games. The coach's Man of the Match went to Anna Duce for a great game down the right wing.
The Beavers C team (aka Year 7 girls) had their first ever full pitch match away at Chester having only played 7-a-side until now. The game was end to end with Freya Rhodes scoring a great goal. The final 1-1 scoreline was a fair first result, although both teams had more scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper Ruby Ogden was voted Man of the Match following some impressive saves.