By - Sour
A very brief report follows from a very average day of lacrosse at Mellor this Saturday.
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Eleven Knights made the journey from various parts of the North East, Yorkshire and the North West to take on league leaders Mellor at their Brabyn's Park ground.
Michael was in the cage, with Webb (R), débutante Guest and Pidgeon in close D. Stewart took the LSM duties with Higginbottom, Suddaby and a second first timer in Oliver (nearly 2 full seasons after transferring from Sheffield Steelers) in Midfield. Johnstone, Webb (M) and Wheeldon completed the squad.
The rest of Brabyns Park was under water but the somewhat undulating lacrosse field was in excellent condition considering the last fortnight's weather.
The game started and finished with Mellor scoring. Between the start and the finish, Mellor scored.
They scored some well worked goals from an open 6 offensive set, some decent goals out of their 2-2-2 and some goals on the break. There were also some poor goals conceded by what was obviously a very rusty Knights team featuring it's 180th defensive combination of the season.
Whilst the Novocastrians started solidly, the rustiness kicked in mid-way through the first quarter as a couple of sloppy plays saw heads go down.
Following this, the poor form continued through to the middle of the second quarter before there was a steady improvement for the rest of the game, culminating in some sustained possession and pressure to end the game.
All in all it wasn't a great performance, but has blown out the cobwebs following a (-nother) 4 week hiatus before Saturday's must win game against Liverpool, and Sunday's game against Poyton.
Guest picked up the Man award for an excellent debut performance full of hustle and vigour in D against a team of the like he'd never seen before. Higginbottom picked up the handbag for an outrageously loud expletive as well as constant sniping at the officials. Johnstone picked up the Goon award for no particular reason, and was lucky not to get an honorary bag for his reaction to it.
See you Saturday and Sunday next weekend at Broadway West for more fun and frolicks.
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