As we approach the middle of the season, both in terms of games played and time elapsed. It’s a good time, well as good a time as any, to reflect on the season to date.
Here we go….
The season started with a bang, or something approaching a bang as your Newcastle Knights ran out 15-1 home winners against Lincoln. Stewart popped up early for our, his and – I hope he doesn’t mind - but knowing his usual productivity - possibly his only goal of the season. Elleker starred with 4 G’s, Bryant with 3 and the whole crew on the back end of Grove, Hoskins, Pidgeon, Fletcher and Turnbull almost managed to pull off the shut out, but a wicked deflection took that cookie away to be crumbled at a later date.
The second game saw a slightly depleted Knights side make the trip to the hotly tipped Cheadle Hulme where on the back of another 4Gs from Elleker they turned out a 9-6 win to even at that early stage of the season take the initiative in the title race.
The successive week saw the first of a number of momentum frustrating postponements and cancellations as Hull succumbed to the butcher’s bill of their previous week’s 12 hour charity game. However, momentum was only halted for that one week, as the men in Silver and Black came roaring back with one of the best ever performance by a Newcastle side in a consummate 16-2 win over Liverpool featuring 8 different scorers.
After a bye week and another postponement, this time away at Lincoln, a valiant band of 11 - all that was remaining after 12 others were unavailable for various reasons – took themselves to Liverpool and pulled off a 5-2 win so full of character, if not necessarily quality play, that it was (for me at least) almost as satisfying as the previous 16-2 Liverpool game.
Three home games on the bounce were on the slate before the final game of the year away to Stoke. The first of these games was the visit of Stoke, who scrapped and worked hard for 80 minutes, but ultimate came out on the wrong end of a 12-0 on the back of a sterling 5G performance from Johnson.
The next two games though were damp squibs, not even making it to Saturday, as Ashton and Cheadle Hulme failed to make the trip to NE12.
On 14 December, the Knights made the trip to potteries and took on a considerably stronger Stoke side than the one that made the trip north in November, coming away with a hard fought 8-5 win, coming from behind to take the points for the first time this season.
So there you have it, 7 games done on the slate, 7 wins on the board. It’s tough to ask for more, especially when you consider the manner of some of those wins. All in all, it’s been a successful start to the season, and with as much league lacrosse to come as we’ve had already, then (up to) 3 play-in games and (up to) 3 cup games to come, we’re only really just getting started!
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