Cannock lions came home with another victory on the road. The long car journey to Clee Hill and the delay in club house been opened to allow the warm up routine to go as it usually would wasn’t a great start to the day but with the sun shining and our skipper Gareth Ley treating the lads with a gesture of good will by purchasing a new first team kit moral was high and the warm up looked sharp.
There were a couple of changes in the pack this week with Danny Parsons and Daniel Blake (Tank) stepping in to shack things up a little.
Cannock receiving from the kick started slow this week and failed to secure our own the ball in the rucks resulting in getting turned over time after time. This gave Clee hill the confidence and opportunity to capitalize and score a try down the left wing. They converted from a difficult angle to go 7 – 0 up.
The scrums were even with Cannock having a mobile pack and been out sized by Clee Hill the front row of Jay Barrett, James Cummins and Danny Parsons put in a great shift and did well to hold them off. The line outs went to plan with Cannock securing their own ball and John Freeman doing a great job of steeling there ball time after time.
Cannock was struggling to get going and made hard work of the afternoon. When they did pull things together Clee Hill struggled to cope with Halil Gozukucuk, Josh Humphreys, Darren Baugh, Mr Stephen Frost and the amazing in form of Jordan Pincombe breaking the line and eventually gave a penalty away. Jordan didn’t miss and pulled it back to 7-3. The momentum was with Cannock and turned up the pressure with some superb handling and support play with off loads the opposition failed to cope and Joe Brooke smashed through to score a try. Jordan converted and put Cannock 10 – 7 in front before the half time whistle went.
After the break Clee Hill found fortune in the amount of handling errors Cannock were making and had a good period in Cannock’s half but found a defiant defence with James Murph (shorter) and Scott Pedley linking up to get Cannock out of trouble and back up the pitch. Managing to string some passes together Jordan Pincombe made a storming run with Clee Hills backs getting pushed aside scored a try putting Cannock 15 – 7 ahead. He was unlucky not to covert.
Mr Frost (The Pack leader) was into everything all afternoon and made some big hits and led by example. Darren Baugh (Thor) made some important tackles. Cannock allowed Clee Hill to get back into game and they put under pressure with Scott Pedley making a high tackle was given a yellow. Cannock’s defence was doing well but the persistence and intensity of the attack eventually paid off and a controversial try was awarded after the ref didn’t see the player knocked the ball on after a defensive challenge and the ball looked to be held up by a Cannock hand. Clee Hill converted to make the last 10 minutes interesting at 15-14.
Clee Hill threw everything they had a Cannock and with less than 3 minutes to go were awarded a penalty in Cannock’s half. The fate of the game was in Clee Hill's kickers hands. Not been able to handle the pressure and Kicking just wide. Cannock sore out the last few moments of the game and come home with the win, final result been 15-14. This was definitely not Cannock best performance and must have been frustrating to watch from the side lines. There will be a lot to work on in training this week but another win away from home puts Cannock in top half of table.
Man of the match this week is Mr Stephen Frost with the work rate of a true Lion.
Also special thanks from all the players to our captain Gareth Ley & Business partner Rob Brown of Wakelake for the new kit and of course all our sponsors.