Cheshire Walking Football April 2017 – Celtic Maintain Their Lead
Cheshire walking football April 2017 was the third session of the Spring League. I don’t know about the Vintage Celtic players but I was worn out just watching today’s affair. Elation, frustration, trepidation, desperation and finally re-hydration was the order of the day.
Different formations were tried today, some successful, some not, but our main problem is holding on to the ball too long. When we find space and pass the ball quickly we look a different team and are difficult to play against.
Unfortunately, too often we lose sight of this advantageous way of playing walking football and resort to trying to beat men with the ball. Dribbling past an opponent in walking football is well nigh impossible with the no running rule – so why do we persist in doing it?
Back to the matches. First up were 1874 Northwich and we always looked the better team in this game. Within 10 minutes we were two goals up, thanks to Derek Drabble, who seems to have found his shooting boots again. Trying to give everyone decent playing time, I subbed Derek and Paul and with it we lost our rhythm. A mad scramble led to an own goal and the Northwich side were back in the game. We held out for a 2-1 win and fortunately had three points in the bag.
Next up were our nearest opponents in the league, Crewe Alexandra. Crewe were 3 points behind Celtic after the March session. With strong refereeing by Paul Maddock, the Crewe side were not allowed the persistent running they showed in the March fixture, which resulted in a 1-1 draw. This was again a very tight game and the 0-0 result was a fair outcome for both sides.
Neston Nomads were Celtic’s third opponents in this Cheshire walking football April 2017 session of the Spring league. There was not a lot in it at times but Paul O’Neil scored twice to give Celtic a much needed 2-0 win and another 3 points.
Finally, the last fixture was against Northgate Rovers. Numerous running offences, most of which were debatable, and didn’t allow the game to flow at all, meant the fixture was spoilt by the referee. Derek was blue carded in this game, resulting in a 2 minute sin bin but the final whistle blew before the 2 minutes was up. A 0-0 scoreline finished the day’s proceedings.
The referee’s performance, which I complained about to a couple of my fellow committee members, was endorsed by another Premier Division team who suffered the same frustrations as us. I watched part of this game and one player made Usain Bolt look slow. Consistency certainly wasn’t this particular referees watchword.
Eric was resolute in defence today and Barry covered an amazing amount of ground for a 70 year old. Barry is probably the only player we have over 65 who wouldn’t be fazed playing in Over 50’s tournaments. With an average age today of 66, this Celtic team are still a force to be reckoned with in the Over 60’s age category.
We are still 3 points better off than our nearest rivals, Crewe Alexandra in this Championship Division of the Cheshire Walking Football League. It’s still all to play for in the final league session in May.
Thanks to all the lads who played today, Keith Burrows, Derek Drabble, Stuart Greaves, Mike Kieran, Paul O’Neil, Riddy Walker, Barry Whitmore and Eric Williams.