Manchester League December 2017
The Manchester League December 2017 turned out to be a humiliating day for Vintage Celtic with four defeats on the run, a statistic completely alien to us. The fact that it happened on the day we were being filmed by ARD German Television compounded the insult.
However with three players suspended and another two on holiday it was hardly unexpected. Never the less, it’s still no excuse for some dismal displays. I will let Derek Drabble sum it up, as my own criticism is apparently not welcome any more.
“What our normal team has is a good defensive unit in front of a very good keeper. We are hard to score against. We score the odd goal but also control many games.
Today, we were defensively piss poor as a team (omission here, so not to offend), too many gaps and opposition players left unmarked.
Permanent Problems –
1. Rarely playing an early, and good, ball to a team mate.
2. Only playing a ball to a team mate when the player with the ball is under pressure, which often results with receiving player under pressure.
3. As a consequence of number 2, poor passes.
4. Poor passes when under no pressure, not interceptions by the opposition, but passes nowhere near the intended player.
5. Lack of talking to each other during games.”
Derek’s comments are spot on and I would add the fact that we hold on to the ball far too long and constantly try to beat opponents instead of using the easy pass.
Chadderton FC WF and Rochdale AFC Strollers showed us how walking football should be played, slick passing, movement into space to receive a pass, excellent defensively, etc, etc. It’s a simple game, why do we make it complicated?
Anyway, our proud record of twenty three Manchester league games without defeat with only one goal conceded in October, which then unfortunately became twenty seven league games with only two defeats in November, certainly went out of the window today.
The glory days of May this year seem a distant memory.
Things can only get better – or can they?