The Mens 1s lost 3-1 to Didsbury Northern in their North Prem season opener. Edge started well, moving the ball at pace, but went behind against the run of play. The men dominated possession for the rest of the half and were finally rewarded with a goal from an Angus McCormick drag flick. Didsbury grew into the game in the second half and Edge dropped their standards - Didsbury eventually took the win after converting two penalty strokes in quick succession from rash Edge challenges.
The 2s lost 5-3 away against Deeside 2s in North hockey league division 2 with Matt Cresey, Joe Tabachnik and Chris Hardy all scoring. Edge played well in patches, scoring first and creating a good number of goal opportunities. However, with half the team making their league debuts, the result didn't go Edge’s way this time. Man of the Match was awarded to Andrew Wood.
Mens 3s skipper Andy Walker called it correctly when he said that, despite an easy pre-season victory, Bramhall 1s would not be an easy first game in Cheshire league division 1. He was proved right when a large opposition squad arrived early at the Edge and made it clear they were here for all three points. The 3s squad included several talented, but unproven, young players and another couple making their return to the squad after a couple of years away. Notwithstanding the need for some introductions between Edge’s team mates, they came out of the blocks at full pace enabling Ollie Wildig to open the scoring. Edge went on to dominate the first 15 mins before Bramhall started to assert themselves and Edge’s discipline started to fray. An unstoppable drag flick was the only thing to beat Jim Riley in goal all day and it levelled the score before Julian Scarsbrook rifled home Edge’s second goal from a short corner to make the final score 2-1. Edge created many more chances than the visitors in open play but the number of Bramhall short corners should serve as a reminder that sterner tests await. Ethan Hadfield was named Man of the Match.
The 4s lost 2-1 after a hard-fought away battle against Deeside 4s in Cheshire league division 3. Edge came out all guns blazing and some great linking play saw Phil Benton finish from a Charlie Benton cross. Some fantastic possession and passing saw lots of chances come Edge’s way but sadly they went begging. Deeside converted two chances, leaving Edge disappointed with a 1-2 loss.
The 5s hosted Deeside 5s at Kings Macc in division 4. Deeside started quickly and put Edge under pressure early on, resulting in some impetuous diving into tackles and trying to force the play. However, once Edge settled they took control of the game and created a number of chances but failed to score until late in the first half when Louis Godfrey broke into the right of the D and scored the opening goal.
The half time team talk focussed on Edge continuing with their short passing game and trying to be a little more clinical in front of goal. This appeared to work as Edge’s first move of the second half resulted in a cross from the right which Luke Stevens tapped in at the left post. A period of complacency then allowed Deeside to pull one back before Edge woke up and drove forward, resulting in Louis Godfrey smashing in a short corner. Joe Clapham and Harry Oakes added further goals to round off what was an enjoyable game. Sam Jones was awarded Man of the Match. 5-1 the final score to Edge.
The Mens 6 lost 3 – 1 to Macclesfield 3s in division 5. Unfortunately for Edge numerous short corners went unconverted but, to their credit, the team remained positive and focussed. Special thanks go to George Muirhead for stepping up on Friday evening to umpire his first adult fixture. Without him, this match was at risk of being cancelled.
The 7s lost a hard-fought away match 1-3 at Macclesfield versus their 4s in division 6. The score was a fair reflection of a game in which Edge’s goalie, Jack Ancell, was named Man of the Match. Edge’s goal came just after half time from Steve Taylorson. Despite some decent passing hockey at times, Edge lacked a little fluency, but hopefully this will come as the season progresses.
A lack of regular goal keepers impacted most of the Ladies teams this weekend, including the Ladies 1s who came up against strong opposition in their debut match in the North Premier League. The 5-0 final score didn’t really reflect the whole match with four of Leeds’ goals coming from well taken short corners in the first half. Edge played some fantastic hockey in the second half, especially Abi Cook who was awarded Man of the Match. Plenty to work on and lots of lessons learned.
The Ladies 2s faced the Ladies 3s in Cheshire league division 1. With stand-in goalies Rebecca Hall and Lauren Woodhead doing a sterling job for both teams, the young 3s couldn’t quell the efforts of the 2s attack. Goals came from Jude Offer, new girl Liv Stanley, Sophie Wheeler, Bethany Woodhead and a fantastic four from Libby McCoy. The 3s managed to grab one back courtesy of Katy Smith taking the final score to 8-1. Some outstanding hockey on display from some young skilled players.
Poor player availability had a negative impact on the lower Ladies’ teams’ ability to perform this weekend. A very depleted Ladies 4s were at home to strong Brooklands Poynton 3s in Cheshire league division 3. There was some great play from the Edge at the beginning of the second half but not enough to stop a 0 – 7 scoreline. Specific thanks to Eloise Wienholt and Georgina Whittaker for stepping in at the last minute, Claire Tabachnik for helping out despite being poorly and Becky West for playing in goal with a broken finger. Gemma Holland was awarded Man of the Match.
The 5s went down 2-4 to Bowdon 5s in division 4 and the 6s overcame poor availability to pull together a team to take on Macclesfield 4s in division 5. Edge were the stronger side with much of the play in the attacking D but with Macc’s experienced and formidable goalkeeper thwarted Edge’s initial efforts until Man of the Match Evie Hadfield scored just before half time. However, Macc then quickly equalised after a questionable short corner just before the whistle. Two further goals in the second half sealed the 3-2 victory for Edge, despite not having a goalie.
The Ladies 7s took on a youthful and determined Deeside team in division 7. Edge started with just 10 players and the Deeside team quickly took the advantage, attacking on all fronts. Despite Edge’s valiant defending, the pressure ultimately took its toll in the form of a 1-3 loss.
A strong Beavers A team played hosts to Bowden. Edge started strongly with some good passing hockey. For the first 20 minutes were the better side, opening the scoring with a great square ball from Oi Farrer to Reuben Frodsham who clinically finished with a quick top of the D strike. From then on the game was evenly contested, however continued Bowden pressure and fast breaking resulted in a number of goals in quick succession. Lucy Stead was outstanding in goal for Edge and was awarded Man of the Match but the Bowden midfield and attack proved too strong and they ran out comfortable winners 8 - 1. The score line doesn't reflect the effort of the team or the competitiveness of the match. Importantly the Beavers are trying to play hockey the right way and are improving each week.
The B team headed to the beach in Southport and emerged convincing 7-1 winners. Stronger all over the pitch, the girls looked best when they started playing with their heads up and moving the ball early and down the wings.
There were several great performances including four goals from Izzy Broadbent, Hatty Bailey playing well in both defence and midfield, and Man Of The Match Edie Broster who demonstrated a great work rate just did the simple things really well.
The small Beavers C squad made the long trek up to Formby. It was a day of new experiences for several players - the opposition were without a keeper so had 12 players on the pitch which took a bit of getting used to and new to the team this week were Anna Chamberlain in goal, Beth Lomas in defence and Minnie Jansen up front. All three slotted in nicely and played well.
The final score was a 6-4 win to Edge. Scarlett Sim produced an impressive hat-trick of goals and was very strong on the ball ultimately resulting in her being awarded Man of the Match by the opposition. Edge’s man of the match was Beth Lomas in her first game of the season.