“Delighted with the improvements made today and hope we can build on these next time around.”
John Myatt, Team Manager
The Wanderers set off in damp conditions for another trek along the M62 for the third round of matches for the Greater Manchester 65+ Walking Football League held at Heywood Sports Village.
For once the rain held off as we prepared for the new format which saw us play 3 x 20 minute games rather than the 6 x 10 minute games which had been the routine during the previous 2 match days. This new format was generally welcomed although playing the games back to back, with very little respite between games, made the session demanding on our ageing legs.
The squad welcomed Denis O’Hare for his Club debut and he quickly demonstrated the silky skills and composure which have been on display at Wakefield Football Centre in recent weeks.
Some of our ‘absentees’ remain missing in action but we hope to see Eddie Gibson, John Jones and Mally Wood during subsequent match days and our over 70 representatives (Colin & Mike) showed they can still contribute at this level.
Blackpool Senior Seasiders won 1-0
First up saw the Wanderers in action against Blackpool and we took the lead mid way through the game. Denis laid a delightful ball back to John who hammered in a fierce shot that the keeper could only parry into the goal.
Paul then had a goal disallowed for running and to complete the excitement John was blue carded for too much contact trying to protect himself against an advancing Blackpool player. Jubilation with our first 3 points in the bag.
Rochdale Striders drew 0-0
Rochdale Strollers lost 0-1
The next two fixtures were a repeat of Matches 2 and 3 from the previous match day with exactly the same outcome. Despite a significant advantage in terms of possession Rochdale Striders held us to a goalless draw.
Then we lost very narrowly to the runaway leaders (Rochdale Strollers) who played some very classy football, but nevertheless we felt very disappointed that we came away with nothing from that game.
Martin had very little to do during the 3 games and could easily have come away with 3 clean sheets to his name. Paul was solid in defence whilst Michelle and Denis showed versatility in adopting different roles when called on to do so. Colin and Mike rotated as second striker and worked tirelessly on behalf of the team.
Updated 20:32 - 12 Apr 2018 by David Holbrow