This weekend saw a number of fixtures ravaged by inclemental weather thanks to a huge storm taking over much of England – one of the pitfalls with playing lax as a Winter sport!
In the Northern Premiership, the only game to survive the weather was to be found in Sale, Manchester, where Brooklands hosted league leaders Stockport. Stockport took full advantage of the opportunity to put themselves further ahead in the title race by registering a dominating 12-4 victory away from home. Stockport, coached by LTP’s own Ravi K Sitlani (Baggie), now sit 8 points clear at the top of the Premiership table having played 2 games more than the chasing pack, scoring the highest number of goals (134) and conceding the second lowest (42).
With Stockport not scheduled to play next week, 2nd placed Cheadle will be looking to reduce that 8-point deficit, but standing in their way will be 4thplaced Timperley where LTP student Brian Gillis and LTP Student Co-ordinator Tim Blower are eager to further extend their fine early season form and overtake Poynton in 3rd place along the way. Elsewhere, Heaton Mersey will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats and get their season back on track with a positive result against Wilmslow and 7th place plays 8th with Brooklands and Manchester WACS both hoping to gain points to get them away from the relegation places at the bottom of the table, where Sheffield, who face Rochdale on Saturday, currently sit.
In the South the league was less disrupted by the stormy weather and 3 big games were played across the division. Towards the foot of the table, Cardiff Harlequins hosted Bristol Bombers and used their home advantage to the fullest by registering a 13-6 victory to pull away from the relegation places. Meanwhile, Walcountian Blues, currently sitting in 5th (albeit having played at least 1 game less than the top 3) smashed Reading Wildcats 18-4 at Reading’s ground to continue their push back towards the top of the table.
The best viewing in the Southern Prem was found in Sussex where 3rd place East Grinstead hosted London-based Hillcroft. Hillcroft continued their impressive league form by demolishing the hosts 11-3 and replacing Reading at the top of the league table. Although title-challengers Hampstead are set to return to action next week against East Grinstead, Hillcroft, despite facing a challenging trip to Wales to play Cardiff, will likely stay in pole position next weekend egardless of results due to other teams having games in hand on them. Meanwhile, Spencer and Blues will both be looking to make their mark on the league when they face eachother next week in a hotly-anticipated encounter which is always a hard-fought battle between two of the stalwarts of Southern lacrosse.
Come back next week to see how these exciting battles unfold across English lacrosse!