Tameside Walking Football Friendly – Priory Tennis Club
Vintage Celtic played in a Tameside walking football friendly game yesterday, 25th April, against our friends from down the road, Priory Tennis Club.
The game was played at Bower Fold as a precursor to the Stalybridge Celtic FC game against Harrogate FC, Celtic’s final match of the season.
Arriving early we had a 20 minute warm up 6-a-side game between ourselves, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Priory Tennis Club arrived and we played 3 x 10 minute sessions, refereed by our own Brian Coll, who it has to be said is more proficient at this job than the majority of qualified referees we have encountered in tournaments.
The first 10 minute session of this Tameside walking football friendly saw us field Mike Kieran in goal, with Derek Drabble, Stuart Greaves, George Maitland, Ian Molyneaux and Mike Taylor completing the six.
In this first session Celtic dominated possession and goals from a fierce drive by Derek Drabble and similar from George Maitland gave Celtic a 2-0 lead. Although new to walking football, apart from a player who plays with local side Nash Amblers, PTC were by no means the worst side we have ever played against and at times looked threatening. Their biggest difficulty was abiding by the no running rule.
The second session was a chance for Marcia Breeze, Gordon Fenton, Keith Fowler, Ian Parker,and Paul Whalley to show us what they could do. Mike Kieran remained in goal for all 3 sessions. This 10 minute session was far tighter with possession shared equally but PTC scored a goal to make the score 2-1 to Celtic.
The final session of this Tameside walking football friendly saw an outfield of Stuart Greaves, George Maitland, Ian Molyneaux, Ian Parker and Mike Taylor try to regain some control over the game. Once again Celtic had slightly more of the possession than the PTC and a goal from Ian Parker made the final score 3-1 to Celtic.
A big thanks to Priory Tennis Club, who gave us a good game, to Mike Smith for organising the event, Stalybridge Celtic FC for hosting it, and last but by no means least, to Brian Coll for the excellent refereeing performance.
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