Cheshire Walking Football November 2016 – Striders Save The Day
The Cheshire Walking Football November 2016 session of the Autumn League saw Vintage Celtic suffer two of the heaviest defeats in their proud history. A team, albeit not the same players, that only lost 1-0 to former National Champions Barnsley Leggy Mambos, suffered 2 embarrassing 3-0 defeats on the day. The other factor, mentioned on numerous occasions is our failure to score. In the last 6 matches in this league we have only scored 1 goal, which tells us the obvious area where we need improvement.
Almost having to withdraw from Thursday’s fixtures due to a lack of players, Mike and Trevor from Tameside Striders saved the day by turning out for Celtic. For a club with over 40 members, only being able to field 4 of it’s own players does not reflect well on the club who has prided itself on winning a good few trophies.
Admittedly many of the club’s players still work and are unavailable for selection. Having said that we were affected by injuries, holidays and other commitments which made availability impossible for 6 of the normal Cheshire Walking Football League Thursday squad.
The fixtures started with a game against Widnes, who I thought were our best chance of at least gaining a point on the day. As it turned out, despite a draw looking likely, Keith Burrows scored with a great shot from near the half way line to give Celtic a 1-0 win. Unfortunately this proved to be the only highlight of the day. Stuart went down with an old injury 2 minutes from the end of this match, leaving us with only 5 players, as we had no substitutes to call upon.
Northwich Rover’s player Roy Williams helped us out by playing in the other 2 fixtures. Thanks Roy and also Iain Ellis, the Northgate manager for allowing this.
The second fixture saw Celtic up against a younger Wigan Walkers side, who thanks to us conceding possession twice in dangerous areas, suffer a 3-0 defeat. The final fixture, versus again a younger Northgate Strollers, produced another 3-0 defeat. Again, on two occasions, we lost concentration and left a player completely on his own with only Mike to beat.
A big thanks to the lads who turned out today, which was always going to be a difficult occasion, Keith Burrows, Stuart Greaves, Dave Hardy, Mike Kieran and especially Trevor Brereton, playing with a bad back, and Mike McHale Smith the Striders lads. We all hope Stuart soon recovers from his injury and hopefully we will see a larger squad for December’s final session of the Cheshire Walking Football Autumn League.
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