Cheshire Walking Football February 2017 – A Decent Start For Vintage Celtic
The Cheshire Walking Football February 2017 league kicked off with Vintage Celtic now in the Championship Division and fielding an over 60’s side. Although many regulars were missing, Derek Drabble, Dave Hardy, Stuart Greaves, Tony Wade, Barry Whitmore, Keith Whitmore and Eric Williams, it was felt that we would at least be competitive in this division.
Of course we had to have our traditional poor start with a 2-0 loss to 1874 Northwich. We seemed to be all over the place in this match and the passing, certainly in the first 10 minutes, was poor. So being brought down to earth at least had it’s effect and in the second game, versus Crewe Alexander, there was a definite improvement. Although still not on top form we managed a 2-1 win.
Two goals from Paul O’Neil gave us the lead but some dreadful errors let the Crewe side back into the game and to be honest we were fortunate not to concede again.
In the third match we came up against Neston Nomads and this time our passing was far slicker and two great strikes by captain Brian Coll sealed a 2-0 win. After a dreadful start and with 6 points now in the bag, our spirits were lifted and thoughts were that perhaps we could do something in this division, despite being the only over 60’s team.
The final match was against Northgate Rovers and both teams more or less cancelled each other out. A 0-0 draw was the result and both teams seemed happy enough with that.
So what were the conclusions on this Cheshire Walking Football February 2017 session of the Spring League. Well despite missing the players mentioned previously, every one of the squad on the day gave 100% and you can’t ask for more than that. At times our passing was poor, and we were all guilty of that, but all in all a decent days walking football. Vintage Celtic sit second in the Championship Division, level on points with Neston Nomads, who we beat 2-0, but losing out on goal difference for the top spot. If only we had not had our traditional bad start.
So a big thanks to Tom Burns, Keith Burrows, Brian Coll, Gordon Fenton, Mike Kieran and Paul O’Neil for their efforts and commitment in this first session of the Spring league.