The score does not reflect the performance for much of the game. A squad of just 12 included only three long sticks instead of the usual four, but the defence of Andy Hancock, Adrian Chandler and Matt Day (playing only his second game at this level) opened with a strong display against one of the top teams in the division.
The whole team worked hard, and despite considerable pressure from the opposition in the opening quarter Poynton were held to just three goals in the first 20 minutes. The second quarter proved even better for Stops as they again restricted Poynton’s scoring opportunities, keeping them to one goal and scoring one in reply, bringing the half-time score to 4-1.
The third quarter saw Poynton open up enough of a gap to secure the lead but Stops continued to play good lacrosse and scored again so that by the end of the period the score was 9-2.
During the third quarter injury had struck as Adrian Chandler suffered a twisted ankle and had to leave the field for the rest of the game. Adrian had been putting in one of his best performances and his loss contributed to a disappointing final 20 minutes. David Merriman took up a long stick and stepped into the breach, putting in a spirited effort.
But Poynton now took their chances, producing a scoreline that Stops did not deserve based on their determined efforts for the almost three quarters of the game. Stops’ goals came from Norman Woodside, Peter Hibbert and Peter Woodhead, who led the team in with a captain’s performance.
There is no match next Saturday, but the following week sees a crucial away game at Nottingham.