The die-hard U16 'B' travelled over to the leafy Chshire burbs of Poynton on Saturday. With Wylo away skiing Paul Scrace stepped up to the plate and took over coaching duties - and it was a joy to see a natural born leader in action. I arrived just as the match started and could see that Paul had the squad of 9 players organised on the pitch and that they clearly had a plan.
Poynton were happy to play 8-a-side with 1 substitute, as like most of the teams, had not had a match since before Christmas and just wanted to play lacrosse. Timperley started well, conceding a goal early on, but coming back to even the score thanks to a great goal from Jack Cox with an assist from DC. The second quarter was the killer for us, conceding three goals to end the first half 5-1 down. Barney tried to bring things back with a long range shot from goal, and DP did an inspirational job organising the defence. The lads were getting tired and taking big hits from a Poynton team who are nearly all upper U16's. Bauer and Ged Scrace both went down with hand and shoulder injuries. Typical Mike Bauer 'its probably broken but I've got another one on the other hand...lets play'.
Mike Bauer was in the thick of it in the third quarter going on a crashing solo run to score. Ben Smith and Sam Sutton were running a lot of the attack, moving the ball nicely around the Poynton D. The final quarter saw a brilliant goal from Dan Perrie who intercepted a clearance from the Poynton goalie who was then stranded well out of his goal. Dan calmly lobbed the ball from way back near our D into the Poynton net - the ball struggled to roll over the line in the thick mud, and there was a scramble of Poynton players chasing it, but over it finally went.
Final score 11-3