Manchester League February 2018
The Manchester League February 2018 proved to be another bad day for Vintage Celtic. With only seven players available and one of them having to depart early after the first two games due to family commitments, we were down to the bare bones once again. It was a day of some good luck, some bad luck and some errors.
The day kicked off with the first fixture against Nash Amblers. To be fair our neighbours shaded us with possession and certainly had more shots on goal. Celtic were perhaps fortunate to come away with a point from this game but at the moment we will take any points we can get.
Second up in this Manchester League February 2018 session were newly promoted AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders and this game was when the bad luck came into play. Perhaps that is misleading as the Blackpool keeper, Steve Hyde, pulled off half a dozen shots that most keepers wouldn’t have even seen.
Blackpool took the lead with a well struck goal and then it was Celtic’s turn to pepper the Blackpool keeper with some excellent shots. We were even awarded a penalty for infringement in the ‘D’ but Steve saved Paul O’Neil’s shot. We just couldn’t get past Steve, who in my opinion is one of the best walking football goalkeepers out there, if not the best. Not only his he an excellent shot stopper, his distribution is first class. In this game we had more shots on target than in the last three or four games but to no avail.
So it was one point from two games and our prospects against Chadderton FC WF, for me probably the best footballing side in the league, didn’t look good. We took the lead with a great shot from distance by Barry Whitmore and then Paul O’Neil added another to make it 2-0 to Celtic. Unbelievably, with only three or four minutes to go, we then gave away two own goals. Chadderton couldn’t believe their luck and neither could I. A certain three points down the drain.
Here’s some video footage of Celtic’s game with Chadderton, thanks to Alan Richards.
With only two points, Celtic now find themselves bottom of the table and face a mighty fight to avoid relegation, even at this early stage of the Spring season. The table doesn’t lie and we are where we deserve to be. We played fifteen games in the Spring 2017 league with just one goal conceded, compared to eight games in December and February with ten goals conceded. That tells it’s own story.
The final game was versus Rochdale AFC Strollers and once again a defensive mistake gifted them a goal. They added another one to make it 2-0 and it looked like they might add to that, but Colin Cuthbert got one back for Celtic to make the final score 2-1.
The full report on the days proceedings can be read HERE.
Thanks to the lads who did turn out in this Manchester League February 2018 session, Colin Cuthbert, Derek Drabble, Mike Kieran, Paul O’Neil, Mike Taylor, Barry Whitmore and Keith Whitmore.
With Barry Whitmore unavailable for the March session, we may not even be able to field a side. How times change, from consistent trophy winners to relegation fodder. It can only get better, can’t it? In all football, fortunes waver. Teams have successful spells followed by periods of drought. At the moment we are going through such a spell, but we WILL be back at the top where we belong, sooner rather than later.
Our coach, Brian Coll attended and it would be interesting to have his views on the action he saw, over to you Brian.
Finishing on a lighter note – can you identify any budding walking footballers in these pictures?