Celtic Relegated From The Premier Division Of The Cheshire Walking Football League
Celtic relegated is the most depressing headline I have had to write on this blog in our 2 year plus existence. The halcyon days of winning two trophies in one weekend seem to be in the distant past. Admittedly Celtic fielded two completely different teams in the trophy wins and the Autumn season of the Cheshire Walking Football League.
It is frustrating not being able to field our best players during midweek tournaments due to work commitments but it is pointless using that as an excuse. At least we had a full squad yesterday and didn’t have to rely on other teams for players.
We needed to get 6 points on the day and to be honest that was never going to happen, with once again some regulars missing through injury or other commitments. We had only managed to score one goal in the October and November sessions of the league, so we were asking the impossible. The table tells it’s own story.
The die was cast in the first game against Widnes, when the opposition scored direct from the kick off. Two more goals followed through Celtic’s inability to mark their opponents and the team’s lack of movement. Derek Drabble grabbed a consolation goal for Celtic with a tremendous strike but it was all too little too late.
The second match was against league leaders Wigan Walkers, who had just beaten two time champions Northgate Strollers 1-0. Celtic were playing better football in this game and the passing and movement was much improved. Unfortunately Wigan scored a late winner to make the final score 1-0, though it has to be said that it should have been disallowed, with the ball going overhead height before the strike.
With Celtic relegated, the final match was against old foes Northgate Strollers and Celtic were once again back to their old bad habits and couldn’t have any complaints against a 3-0 scoreline for the Strollers. The brutal truth is that apart from Widnes, the quality of the other teams in the Premier Division is far higher than the teams we are able to field midweek.
Hopefully, in the next Cheshire Walking Football League season we will see an Over 60’s Division, which will be more suitable for Celtic. Failing that, it means we will be playing in the Championship Division, which will be more to our standard. Thanks to the lads who turned out in the final session of the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League, Brian Brooks, Keith Burrows, Tom Burns, Derek Drabble, Dave Hardy, Mike Kieran, Les Spencer and Eric Williams.
Let’s hope 2017 is a more successful year than 2016. Although I suppose most teams would settle for 3 runners-up positions, a Plate win and an Algarve International Walking Football Cup win. Finally, a new manager is required for Vintage Celtic, any candidates?