March Cheshire Walking Football League – Celtic Table Toppers
In the March Cheshire Walking Football League, Vintage Celtic top the Premier Division table with a record of played 4, won 3, lost 1.
Despite having a reduced squad, all the lads did Celtic proud with some fine football on the day. Mention must be made of the well organised, refereed and run league with excellent playing surfaces.
Celtic’s first game in the March Cheshire Walking Football League was against newly promoted Widnes. Celtic started with some sloppy passing, with balls over hit but as soon as they settled down their superiority began to tell. Goals from Derek Drabble and Dave Hardy gave Celtic a deserved 2-0 win.
The second game was against Celtic’s old foes and the Winter Season’s champions Northgate Strollers, who did anything but stroll. Fortunately good refereeing made sure they were pulled up many times for running. Having said that Northgate didn’t give Celtic any space and Celtic found it difficult to get out of their own half. Northgate’s dominance eventually told and their deserved 1-0 win couldn’t be argued against.
The third game in the March Cheshire Walking Football League was against the other newly promoted team Neston Nomads, who had previously held Northgate Strollers to a 2-2 draw. It was a fairly tight game with Celtic coming out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Paul O’Neil.
The fourth and final game on the day was versus Silkmen Old Boys, formerly Macclesfield Town. This game was dominated by Celtic who had 70% possession. There was some excellent passing and movement and Celtic could have had 4 or 5 goals but due to some fine goalkeeping by the Silkmen’s keeper the score was kept to a 1-0 victory for Celtic, thanks to a great goal by Derek Drabble.
Brian Coll in the centre of defence dictated the game and it just shows how one simple positonal change can have a great effect on a side. All the lads gave great performances on the day, so thanks to Brian Coll, Derek Drabble, Dave Hardy, Mike Kieran, Paul O’Neil, Barry Whitmore and Keith Whitmore.