Autumn is here, the nights get that little bit colder, the air is a little damper but the good news is the Under 19 Floodlit league is here !!
The whiff of testosterone in the air, the growling from the players as the match starts, the clatter and crashes as the hits are given out and sparkling and dazzling skills for all to see. It doesn't get better than this.
Timperley started their league assault with a match against Sheffield who showed they are no push overs by grabbing an early lead, which they held for several minutes. The Timperley players were not flustered and played good lacrosse to pressure the Steelers defence and it told when a good move saw Elliot Shaw feed Will Hawksley whose snap shot scored. Greg Sandy drove hard from behind the goal and struck the keeper's helmet with his shot and it was no surprise when Timperley took the lead, although the manner of it was lucky, with Jack Brook picking up a mistake by Sheffield to feed Elliot for a straightforward finish. Greg scored again to make the score 3 - 1.
The second quarter was controlled by Timperley throughout with Jay Armstrong winning every face he had and goals from Ollie White, Elliot and Jay Armstrong giving a lead of 6 - 1.
The third quarter again went Timperley's way, although a few silly penalties began to creep in. Jack scored after dodging past his man and Tommy Kirkland hustled his attacker into making a mistake in the Timperley half, picked up the loose ball, burst forward, fed Will who returned the ball for Tommy to score! He needs to work on his goal celebration though ! Another by Jack saw the quarter end 9 - 2.
Sheffield showed their mettle when they finished strongly, but Timperley were too far ahead and were not seriously troubled, further goals from Ollie and Greg saw the final score end Sheffield 6 Timperley 11.
Overall it was a competent display from Timperley, Jay's excellent face off play (14 from 15 won) saw Timperley with a lot of possession which they converted well into goals, the defence were solid and strong driving by the attackers saw several chances created. Too many penalties were given away, and stronger teams will take advantage of this but it was good to get a win. Stiffer tests will follow in other matches though.
29 shots, 19 on goal, 11 goals.
20 face offs, 17 won.
6.5 minutes penalties. Stats provided by Toby "Statto" Hawksley