In a weekend where much of the UK was struck by Storm Desmond leaving several Northern towns and cities flooded and in a national state of emergency, it was a surprise that any lacrosse games were able to be played whatsoever, however Sheffield Steelers with their 4G astro turf pitch and fantastic facilities at Sheffield Hallum University sports grounds, managed to play the only Northern Premiership game of the weekend, hosting 5th-placed Brooklands in a tie they needed to win to get themselves off the bottom spot of the table. Unfortunately for Sheffield, they couldn’t stem the tide of their pre-Christmas form and Brooklands made it two wins in a row, emerging as 10 – 6 victors. This takes Brooklands up to 4th-place however with 10 games played so far, they have at least 3 games more than the teams below them, meaning as and when these fixtures are caught up on, we can expect to see movement from all teams from 2nd down to 9th.
Looking to this coming weekend, we have an all-LTP (and housemate!) battle as 5th-placed Timperley and LTP student Brian Gillis host last-placed Sheffield Steelers with fellow Sheffield resident and LTP’er Tim Davidson playing for the visitors. Timperley will be looking to return to winning ways after their tough defeat to Cheadle back on 5th December and Sheffield will again be looking to secure a win to get them off from the foot of the table.
Heaton Mersey, featuring LTP student and Rutgers alumni Kevin Albert will be looking to pick up their second consecutive victory when they visit local rivals Manchester WACS in a game which could see them move up to 5th place, meanwhile Poynton, who will be without LTP student and Syracuse alumni Jovan Miller, will be looking to return to action with a win against 9th-placed Wilmslow to consolidate their 3rdplace going into the festive break.
With three teams (Cheadle, Poynton and Timperley) currently on 2 losses (albeit from 8,6 and 5 games played respectively), the battle to make ground on league leaders Stockport is heating up and with a number of these teams playing each other in January, we can be certain of some hotly-contested and hard-fought battles across the league.
Can Poynton continue their impressive pre-Christmas form or will Wilmslow cause an upset to get away from the bottom of the table? Who will go home with bragging rights in the LTP house in Sheffield? Can WACS put another dent in Mersey’s league hopes? Check back next week to see how the excitement unfolds…