Cheshire Walking Football March 2017 – Points Dropped But Still Top
The Cheshire Walking Football March 2017 session of the Spring league saw Vintage Celtic drop some unnecessary points but still remain top of the Championship Division.
The first game was against 1874 Northwich, who beat us 2-0 in the February session. This time Celtic were dominant and a great shot from Keith Burrows gave the bluevints the lead. Unfortunately, despite looking the far better side, a defensive mistake allowed the Northwich striker a clear shot on goal and he didn’t miss the chance to equalise. This was a bitter disappointment as we were clearly the better side.
Next up were Crewe Alexander, who to be perfectly honest outplayed us, mainly because they were constantly running and not pulled up for it. It has to be said that the refereeing today was poor. Crewe looked a different side and a much improved one to the one we played and beat in the February session. They took the lead after we lost concentration yet again and definitely looked to have the game under control, but thanks to a jinking run and shot by Brian Coll, we equalised in the last minute to rescue a point and get us out of jail.
Neston Nomads, who were joint top after the February session of the Cheshire Walking Football Spring League, were our next opponents. Once again we dominated the game and took a 2-0 lead from goals by Paul O’Neil. Then we made the mistake of trying to add to the tally, instead of closing the game down and defending resolutely. Of course this was our undoing and with 5 minutes left they scored twice to gain an undeserved draw. Hopefully we will learn from our mistake and realise that to gain 3 points is a far better proposition than adding another in the goals for tally.
The final game in this Cheshire Walking Football March 2017 session saw us up against Northgate Rovers, who we drew with last month. This time we were mainly on top and a corner from Stuart Greaves was deflected into the net by a Rover’s defender. Sorry Stuart, you can’t claim that one.
It was great to see the return of both Stuart Greaves and Riddy Walker, after both had a 6 month layoff through injury. Although looking a little ‘ring rusty’ on the day, they are both important players for us and will get back to their best form with more playing time.
Thanks to all the lads who turned out today, Keith Burrows, Brian Coll, Stuart Greaves, Mike Kieran, Paul O’Neil, Riddy Walker and Barry Whitmore.
Hopefully in the April session we can keep our formation and concentration, gain a few more points and keep the Crewe side at bay. See also the Cheshire Walking Football March report.