Manchester Walking Football 3 – Celtic Stay Top
Manchester Walking Football 3 was the third session of the Greater Manchester Over 60’s Walking Football Spring League. Once again the weather was favourable to us, with no rain on the day.
This Division 1 comprises some excellent teams with nothing between them in playing standards and it’s hardly surprising that only six goals were scored in the ten fixtures. No one team scored more than one goal and six 1-0 scorelines were recorded, together with four 0-0 draws.
First up for Vintage Celtic were our old friends Rochdale AFC Strollers, a side very difficult to beat. In an evenly matched game an excellent goal by Barry Whitmore beat the Strollers keeper, to give Celtic a 1-0 win and three valuable points.
Next up for Vintage Celtic were Blackpool Senior Senior Seasiders, another good side who we drew with in the March session. A superbly struck goal by Brian Coll beat the Blackpool keeper Steve Hyde. Steve had previously only conceded one goal in seven matches, a feat only matched by our own Mike Kieran. The final score was another 1-0 victory and now we had six points in the bag.
Celtic’s third fixture of the day in this Manchester Walking Football 3 April session was against another side who we narrowly beat in March, Chadderton FC WF. In this encounter Chadderton were the dominant force and a defeat for Celtic looked likely. Our local rivals had the better share of possession but Celtic managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw.
The final opponents were newly promoted Bolton Wanderers, who looked a decent side in their inaugural Division 2 fixtures in March. While possession was evenly shared in this game, Celtic had numerous chances to score. Even the opposition substitutes and spectators said we “should be 5 goals up”. It wasn’t to be with another 0-0 draw to our name.
On a positive note, Celtic are still unbeaten in the Spring league and our keeper Mike Kieran has only conceded one goal in eleven matches, well done Mike, it’s a pity you can’t save the trips to the toilet! As Barry said in the after match inquest and rehydration session “The league is ours to lose”, so let’s hope we can grab a few more points in May to seal it. With both Brian and Paul away on holiday, we need two suitable replacements for them, I am on the job.
This Over 60’s league is now established and as one commentator on social media said “Heywood gets better and better.” A big thanks is due to the standard of refereeing we now have in the league and of course the venue itself.
Thanks to all the lads who turned out today for the Manchester Walking Football 3 April session, Keith Burrows, Brian Coll, Derek Drabble, Mike Kieran, Paul O’Neil, Mike Taylor, Tony Wade, Barry Whitmore and Eric Williams.