18th February 2019
The Ambler’s numbers were bolstered today by the participation on pitch one of four young lads acting as Goalkeepers. Michael, Sam , Olly and James ALL did remarkably well for their teams of Blues and Orange. Thanks a lot. Luckily I had one of Denton’s lightweight balls with me and it was used to good effect this morning (Ed.). It’s a ball that takes some mastering but the benefits of this ball are obvious when both ends of the age spectrum are taking into consideration.
From Garry Pearce:
Six a side on pitch two this morning, Blacks v Yellows. A level enough first half , punctuated by a few runs and some contact. No score in the first half and the two keepers, Party and Mark Bradshaw in good form.
Second half, again level but Yellows committed a third run and John Smith cooly slotted the penalty away, past Mark. This was the signal for Yellows to go on the offensive, piling on the pressure but just couldn’t make the breakthrough. Dave Lee’s particularly unlucky with a good few efforts but the evergreen Partington deserved his clean sheet.
Final score: Blacks 1 v 0 Yellow
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On pitch one the Orange team were deserved five one winners after playing a really good passing game. Blues responded with good moves of their own and they had chances to score but often shot wide of the target or were foiled by a mixture of good fortune (for Orange) or good goalkeeping.
- The difference was Keith Yardley. With excellent balance and control he struck FOUR times with deft precision. What a performance ! He even assisted the fifth goal with a pass to Joe Bemrose who finished smartly.
Was it Colin Cuthbert who struck for Blues? To be honest I’m unsure.
Thanks to David Fielding for Refereeing this morning.
I understand the other pitch saw a one-nil win. More on that later.
Must mention Keith Yardley again as he has sponsored February’s F.P.L. muffins. Woz Taylor has already declared an intention to follow suit in March.
More good news: Steve Wingrove’s hoodie has turned up – more on the news page later.
No team shots as the camera battery was exhausted.
- Very enjoyable game.
Teams Today Blues: Nixon, Burrows, Cuthbert, Quinn, Ward. + Olly and James
Orange: Mack, Heath, Richards, Yardley, Bemrose. + Sam and Michael.
AT THE DOUBLE….
Originally a five v. six a side game, but the fortunate inclusion of Luke Davenport levelled up the numbers and we had an even match on paper at least! Blues had an attacking line up but it was a normally defensive stalwart, Steve Foster who put the Oranges ahead with a crisp finish after a swift move. Blues had periods of pressure during the first half but didn’t really threaten Luke in goal.
The second half again saw much attacking play from the Blues but Oranges defence held firm and a further goal was forthcoming form the excellent Rod, whose movement today was first class. Blues eventually got on the score sheet when the hard working Woz wriggled free, despite close attention from Pete Smith,just outside the box and struck a sweet shot, giving Luke no chance. Blues were pushing hard then and Oranges were playing the possession game. Blues had been rotating ‘keepers and it was desperately unlucky for Terry when he let in a fierce but straight shot from Michael Conroy with just three minutes to go. Oranges held firm and saw the game out.
Bits of contact and two runs each but a very enjoyable game.
Final score: Blues 1 v 3 Oranges
Alan Richards writes…
Yellows 0 Blacks 3 (Cuthbert, Yardley 2 )
Our game on pitch one saw Yellow takes on Blacks. The Blacks had the slightly more mobile players, and all of them could pass the ball reasonably well most of the time. They also had a natural defender prepared to anchor at the back, and set about making Yellows work harder by passing around them. Colin Cuthbert put Blacks in front, beating David Partington at the far post with a very precise finish. This wasn’t just one way traffic though and both John Gaskin and Peter Jarvis had opportunities to score, the latter coming closest as his drive hit the base of a post. The play ebbed and flowed but Blacks looked more dangerous.
Keith Yardley doubled their lead in the second half as once more they began to use the wide open spaces to better effect. Yellows often stuttered somewhat as they tried to progress up field.
Despite this Jarvis again struck the frame of the goal and Richards shot twice but couldn’t muster enough power or placement to seriously trouble Mark Bradshaw. Still in the game at nil-two down the seemingly inevitable happened when Yardley – playing well and linking to good effect with Cuthbert and Nixon scored his second to make the game safe for Blacks. Many thanks to David Fielding (pictured below with whistle) for Refereeing walking football for the first time, despite nursing an injury.
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PHOTOGRAPHY NOTE: Cameras (including video) have been a big part of our sessions at Curzon and at Denton since June 2016, and will continue to be so as long as I’m involved. Unless I’m instructed otherwise by Mark Bradshaw or our DWFG committee. This has gone a long way towards fostering our unique camaraderie in my opinion. We have a website, two tele-visual channels and a paid for online s photo facility to utilise. This online presence is part of what makes our two groups special. Most players welcome this, others don’t seem to mind but if you are sensitive around such matters let me know and I’ll do my best to keep you out of the picture so long as you tell me, and you don’t assemble for team shots when asked. Video is more tricky I’m afraid, as you’re either in, or out. There’s always a chance games will be filmed. – Ed.
FPL Note: The FPL code of conduct makes it clear that every player is willing to feature in photo’s and videos may assist in the promotion and coverage of the league.
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SUNSHINE CAME SOFTLY…. 11/2/19
Video No.1 <nashcam>
Richards writes from the Nash….February 11th. 2019
With Mark Bradshaw away visiting an EFL club in Lancashire on first team business it was left to yours truly to take the session – and the cash from 21 Amblers all turning out in bright sunshine, which even contained a little warmth. Thank you on behalf of the club’s coffers.
I was filming and taking photo’s from the off, but we had a 6 v. 5 on one pitch and a 5 v. 5 ont’ other.
The 5 v. 5 meant there was maybe a touch too much space for ten players. A big game of three touch was a possibility but it’s always difficult to decide which actions are best.
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I saw Barry Smith strike a couple of times in an Orange bib, after half time in his game he donned blue and I think the change had influence on the games eventual outcome. Andy Truett had slipped on a pair of goalkeepers gloves ( No, I don’t mean fell over them ) however he seemed to spend a fair bit of time on the deck as he apparently relished the role, making a number of good saves early on..
On the other pitch I think it was one nil at half time with a Steve Foster own goal making the difference. I’m unsure what happened afterwards. I’d gone into the office by then to count out the coinage. If anyone wants to fill in the blanks please feel free, I’ll get them on here a.s.a.p.
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At the end all seemed to have enjoyed the morning’s fun. Brows glistening with sweat in the noon sunshine. Thanks to Steve Foster and others for helping set up the pitches , to Barry Thickett for his printed photo’s and of course two our two Referees for keeping everything running smoothly.
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Most of us enjoyed a welcome brew after the games, . Thanks to Luke Davenport for that and for the promise of a People’s Cup kit for the 23rd. at Ardwick. The seven man squad are in the process of registering online. Woz Taylor, David Lees, Stewart White, Gordon Nixon, Colin Cuthbert, Stephen Hampson etc.
- John Smith reports from Blacks v. Yellows on the next pitch.
Five-a-side today on pitch 2, and both teams struggled to cover what was a large pitch. Blacks had Dave Partington in goal throughout, Oranges rotated the gloves and the benefits of having a specialist keeper quickly became apparent.A black corner was deflected goalwards by the unlucky Steve Foster and crept in past Steve Wingrove in goal.This was the only goal of a fairly even first half, but Blacks added 3 more after the break, 2 from Stewart White and one from Steve Hampson. The secret to Black’s success was a superior passing game, moving the ball quickly in triangles and practically adopting a 3 touch approach. Oranges failed to move the ball around between team mates and make use of the wide open spaces. Lessons to be learnt here for Heywood next month.Party was up to everything thrown at him, which, in all honesty, wasn’t a great deal, and Blacks took their chances well. Steve Foster, feeling a bit under the weather, took the gloves twice, as he was struggling with his breathing today. Hopefully, nothing serious. A comfortable win for Blacks in the end.
What I must add is that there was very little contact, two free kicks I think and only two runs, both Blacks. Well refereed by Big Al Graham. (Steve Foster – hope all is well ? – Ed.)
Teams:Blacks. D Partington, R Lake, P Smith, S White, S Hampson.Orange. S Foster, S Wingrove, J Smith, T Brereton, T Harrison
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- Garry gives his view…
Certainly a game of two halves on pitch one today! Blues five players to oranges six, but a flowing move saw Dave Lees put the blues ahead, with a sweet strike past keeper Andy. Oranges soon got into the game and a brace from Barry saw oranges making the man advantage count, to take a half time lead.
Barry and Chris swapped sides at half time and although Andy stayed in goal for the blues, oranges used the keeper rotation system to good effect. The scoring soon got under way, with Dave Lees quickly adding another two to his first half score. There was now a steady stream of goals for the blues with Joe B, Martin and the re-bibbed Barry scoring the final goal with a delightful flick. Blues walked out convincing winners, however the highlight of today’s game was the thoroughly entertaining performance by Andy in the Oranges goal. Some great stops, brilliant, if mistimed diving saves really added to the game. Brightened the morning for me!I
Final score: Blues 6 v 2 Oranges.
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Brereton’s bulletin from the Curzon 3g ~8/2/19
Curzon February 8th
Numbers were slightly down on recent Fridays, no doubt partly due to the rigours of Wednesday’s F.P. L . The sixteen players played out an even encounter, punctuated by some fine goals, as the strong wind and fine rain, (worst kind of rain), had little impact on the game. After testing Partington early on , Brereton fired yellows ahead, after capitalising on a momentary lapse of concentration in the blues defence. Soon after yellows Woz Taylor flashed a shot narrowly wide of Partington’s left hand post. For blues, Stewart White
SIX OF THE BEST ON BOTH PITCHES….As the Curzon Spring lends an optimistic air
George Fieldhouse ten minute <NETCAM>
Alan Richards writes…
A very impressive turnout of some 24 players at Curzon today, plus our two trusty Referees. Special thanks to Garry Pearce for turning out with a shoulder injury flare up, and feeling uinder the weather over the weekend. Always good to see the imposing figure of Alan Graham with whistle in hand – appreciation to both.
I swear there was a little warmth in the sunshine that kissed Curzon’s 3g this morning. A harbinger of the Curzon Spring. Signs of that in the National League North too where the first team are slowly climbing the table under the management of Mark Bradshaw, who kept goal for us today.
Two pitches of course. Sadly the first half netcam on Pitch One seems to have had a malfunction.
On Pitch 2 where I donned a yellow bib to take on Blues, my team led at half time with an exquisite finish from Peter Quinn from what looked like an impossibly tight angle. “The mighty Quinn!” roared sixties music aficionado Colin Fielding who’s been waiting a while to get that one in. Fielding was moving well upfront and countless efforts to find him with just the right pass signalled Yellows attacking intent.
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Sterling work from Nixon in yellow too but as the second half got underway Blues were buoyed by a non-stop Colin Cuthbert and Barry Smith forging a good partnership . Goalkeepers had swapped now and George Fieldhouse donned the gloves for yellow and Bradshaw went Blue.
Fieldhouse blocked a couple with his legs and Bradshaw defied Yellows forwards.
Colin Cuthbert found his shooting boots and blasted a hat-trick in six minutes to put Blues three-one ahead. Yellows were shell-shocked but the returning Turner linked up well with Richards and Nixon to keep their hopes alive.
- Newish man Dave Mack also deserves a mention for a solid performance, and a ‘busy’ Quinn was always involved in the Yellow effort.
Three Blue runs meant a chance to reduce the arrears and Gordon Nixon – perfect one step technique – steered the ball unerringly past Bradshaw to make it three-two.
The clock ticked inexorably by as Blues still looked to increase their tally. With Peter Atkinson Alan Brodie and Hadge Cooper looking secure at the back not to mention John Gaskin’s steadfast shift , Barry Smith released from defensive duties got in on the scoring act to make it 4 – 2 to Blues.
Good game played in the right spirit. Contact up a little I’d say. Running about average. Thanks again to Alan Graham for Refereeing this match. A few still pics later, and I’ll check the netcam too. Also thanks to Barry Thickett for turning out to support us once more. Barry will be taking some photographs for the FPL on Wednesday. More voluntary help will be appreciated.
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Public receipt now of Stewart White’s £20 GMWFL entry fee today (Over 65’s underage goalkeeper). Just two more players to pay. I’ll get the cheque off next week. We will be left with a £14 surplus and this will go towards buying some yellow shorts for the league. Because a few of our opponents play in our own choice of black and white we are going down a different route colour wise this time. I hold a set of brand new Yellow and Black striped shirts purchased privately at the same time as we bought the kit the Bees use. I’ve been wondering how we can use them. With yellow shorts and some extra new black/yellow socks I also bought at the time we can strike our own identity at Heywood and dispense with the need for bibs – which make teams look messy in league games in my opinion. ~ Link to album on Flickr <click>
GARRY PEARCE with news from the other pitch ORANGE 1 BLACKS 5…..
Plenty of action on the second pitch this morning, Blacks v Orange. The first goal was smartly put away after just three minutes by Steve Hampson, giving goalie Dave Fielding no chance. This was quickly followed by a tidy finish from Woz Taylor. Stewart then put the Blacks further ahead with a trademark finish, talking the blacks to a 3-0 half time lead.
Second half continued in a similar vein but a couple of excellent stops from the evergreen Partington, kept the black’s score at zero. Oranges were moving just that bit too quickly however, and a third run resulted in a penalty, crisply converted by Pete Smith. Oranges continued to press but leaving too many gaps at the back, the space was quickly exploited by Stewart who added two further goals to his first half effort, past second half goalie John Smith, leaving Stewart White with a hat trick and a comprehensive win for the oranges.
Final score: Blacks 1 v 5 Oranges – thanks Garry – Ed.
CHAMPAGNE PERFORMANCES FROM PERRY AND HIS AUSSIE AMIGOS…
with Mark Bradshaw’s ball juggling keepy-ups netcam <here>
Second half netcam highlights (not many) <here>
Alan Richards reports from the Nash…
Feb 1st. 2019 ORANGE 1 (Wingrove) BLACKS 0 Still photo’s <here>
Sixteen Amblers tuned out on the green, green 3g. A relief to see most of the snow had disappeared on the synthetic surface, although there was plenty lying on the adjacent sports ground.
Numbers were further boosted by guest appearances from three young Australian ‘Socceroos’ Perry, Matt and Ricky. All competing for international honours for ‘Young Australia’ according to Mark Bradshaw and you could certainly tell they could all play a bit.
10 v. 9 so we decided to go for a three touch game which worked out to be exactly the right move at the right time with next Wednesday F.P.L. looming, after this weeks cancellation.
The pitch was big, suitably so. The ball was pinged around the with a satisfying fluidity that was a pleasure to be a part of. The young ‘Aussies’ so comfortable on and off the ball they gave signs early on they were not merely from another continent, perhaps even a different planet. Especially Perry who was driving his team and confidently calling the tune for the Orange. One neat flick from Ricky early doors completely bamboozled an Orangeman. Goals were hard to come by but the Black’s team relied on goalkeeper Matt to preserve the clean sheet more than once. Bradshaw at the other end took to juggling balls to keep warm. See his netcam later.
A very well balanced second half was tribute to Mark’s team selection skills too. Whoever pick the teams at Curzon usually gets it about right, but this morning must have been extra difficult. Blacks were building attacks but the lack of an eye for a simple ball was their undoing at times. Oranges were slightly more effective and took the lead when Perry found Wingrove and the big Chelsea fan fired home leaving Partington with no chance. Both teams rattled the frame of the goal but that was the closest Black’s could come to getting back on terms.
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A tremendous game played in a superb spirit. The young guests applied themselves brilliantly to three touch walking football and were an example to us all. I think I speak for all when I say they’re welcome anytime.
Many thanks to Colin Cuthbert for Refereeing this one. Few of our regular individuals mentioned today because everyone contributed to this fine game. Links to netcam footage and some still pics will appear here later.
For the record thanks to Steve Hampson for his £20 GMWFL entry fee.
TWO DOZEN AT THE NASH – ten goals January 28th.
Alan Richards reports from one of the pitches….Dave Partington from the other one….
A fine, bright mid-winter morning brought out 24 Amblers to the Nash and once two pitches had been laid and Dave Partington’s warm up completed Mark Bradshaw selected two finely balanced teams and the fun began.
Luckily Alan Graham and Garry Pearce were on hand to Referee two games.
Yours truly was on the Orange team with number fifteen on my back as we faced a Blue threat consisting of Cuthbert. Truett, Burrows, Smith B, Atkinson and Bemrose.
With George Fieldhouse in our Orange goal Lake, Quinn, Gaskin, Richards Fielding D made up the our number and Mr.Pearce got us underway. 6 v. 6 perfect.
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Four shooting opportunities for Richards but not enough power generated to trouble ‘golden glove’ winner Barry Smith. These openings provided mostly by Dave Fielding who was having an excellent game up front. Blue took the lead though when a tireless Colin Cuthbert proved lethal in front of goal and the lead was doubled when Andy Truett steered the ball home from a tight angle. Fieldhouse made a couple of good saves with his feet but it looked as though Oranges defence was up against it.
- H.T. – two nil Blue’s.
Half time brought about a change in fortune for Orange with Fielding put through by Lake to reduce the deficit. Both teams were playing some decent walking football with four and five pass moves becoming the norm. A cracking ball from Richards split the Blue defence and Rob Lake seized his chance to equalise with clinical precision.
Bemrose and Smith both looked for shooting opportunities at the other end and almost inevitably Blues reclaimed the lead when Colin Cuthbert finding lots of space took his chance. Fieldhouse exposed for this one.
Quinn and Gaskin were resolute in defence for the Orange and also offering some invention in the face of Blue pressure. Lake pushed further forward in an effort to increase potency.
- Peter Atkinson was heavily involved in the play along with Keith Burrows, ever prompting and looking to play a good pass.
As Orange became more adventurous this left a persistent Joe Bemrose exploiting a little more space on the left and he beat Fieldhouse at his near post.
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Orange were down but not completely out. After more sterling work from Fielding and Lake the former finished well to make it 4-3. It stayed that way and a memorable game came to an end. Well played in a good spirit, and I’m sure enjoyed by all. Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing and George for filling in as our goalkeeper – well done ! I hope news from the other pitch (where three goals were shared) is forthcoming – if so it will appear here later.
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Thanks to Colin Cuthbert for donating an unused camcorder to the Amblers group. I’ll take a look at it soon Colin and figure out how best we can employ it going forward.
Sleet and snow is forecast overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. This threatens the January round of the F.P.L. if you’re involved keep an eye on the weather. Only lying snow can defeat us. Ring 07387 174934 (Alan) or 07717 725852 (the club) we will try to get to the ground early to make a decision. Ironically much of Wednesday looks being dry but the damage might be done the night before. If there is a postponement Mark tells me we can play the following Wednesday which would be a plan B. Check your diaries please just in case.
And from the other pitch this is how David Partington saw it….
- Game two saw the yellow bibs win a very good game 2-1,the yellow team played Some very good attacking football with Stewart White the main attacking force, Stewart was very unlucky not to score with keeper Partington blocking a few shots with his feet to deny the Denton striker. Just before the break the yellows took the lead with a good move, catching the black bibs short at the back, John Smith, Stewart to Peter Smith and a strong shot had the blacked bibbed keeper on his backside. Second half was another end to end affair ,with David Lees, Mike Conroy, Terry Harrison and Steve Wingrove all testing Mark Bradshaw who was equal to everything thrown at him. A brilliant display of goalkeeping.
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- Yellows kept in the game and another good move ended in a John Smith goal . Smashing the ball past Partington to make it 2-0. The blacks kept at it though, with Colin Fielding pushing forward and David Lees working hard they were rewarded with a fine Terry Harrison goal (think it was Terry) 2-1🤔
Yellows were awarded a penalty for three runs, which John Smith fired wide. Steve Foster and Stephen Hampson both went close to scoring. Alan Graham did a great job Refereeing – thanks. Alan. Teams pictured below: (Sounds like a good game for a Netcam -Ed.)
Musical note: listened to two new tracks from The Transmitters on the way home (thanks for the c.d. Dave Lees (lead singer). Good music – as I made me own dinner I was humming one of ’em after just two listens. Check out the band they’re really good and Dave’s one of our own !
BOSTON UNITED F.C. are holding a community day on Saturday the 30th. March. The day they play Curzon in the National League North. They want to play a return fixture against us if we have enough players willing to make the trip. Further detail is presented below, in an email from Dave Scotney of Boston walking football.
“Alan, I went down to our Club and spoke to Ceri about our match on the Community Day and have sorted everything with her.
£10 per player Concession Ticket payable to me on arrival, I will have your tickets if you could please let me know how many you’ll need a couple of weeks before match.
No pitch charge.
I will referee to WFA rules so no ref’s charges to pay either.
7-a-side match on the Town End half of the pitch.
1.40pm prompt kick off, 15 mins each way.
Please have your players kitted out ready to start when your bus arrives at 1.30 as the changing rooms will be being used by the first teams before match.
Refreshments/food available (payable by players) at two snack bars and in the Pilgrim Lounge Bar.
Please let me know if you have any queries or if I’ve missed anything.
For Blues matchstalk man Hampson was his usual combative self, as was yellows Colin Cuthbert. In the second half yellows had the extra man , as blues upped their work rate to counter act this. Yellows Andy Truett and Woz Taylor playing in a deeper role did well to minimise blues scoring opportunities. Brereton tried his luck countless times, but Cudahy in this form was unbeatable, back to the drawing board for the Droylsden man. Late in the game blues had their clearest opportunity when White breached the yellows defence,
January 21st. 2019….
Nash Amblers training game 2 January 21st.2019
An exceptional game on the second pitch this morning! …writes Garry Pearce (the Referee)
Six a side with Reality starring in goal for the Orange’s.The first half was an extremely even affair and Gordon’s feet were quicker than Michael Flatley’s, blocking shot after shot in the Blues goal! Somehow we got to half-time with the match goalless. (cue look for River dance clips – Ed.)
The second half continued in a similar vein, with Oranges doing much of the pressing. They were finally caught out, all five players pushing for the breakthrough, leaving Steve Foster upfield, unmarked. Steve walked briskly and placed the ball past Reality, who had an excellent game with at least two unbelievable saves prior to this goal. Oranges were undeterred and their persistence was eventually rewarded when Dave Lees put a sharp shot into the bottom corner past Nixon who may have been partially unsighted. With three minutes to go, Dave Lees worked another good position and put a firmly struck shot away for the Oranges second goal and the match winner. Blues tried hard in the closing stages but it wasn’t their day, Reality’s goalkeeping making the difference to what could have easily been a much different score line!
Bit of contact and only two (penalised) runs. Thoroughly enjoyable morning.
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Nash Amblers training Game 1 January 21st. 2019
Blues 0 Yellow 1 (Cuthbert)
A highly enjoyable game this morning. 6 v 6 with essrs Bradshaw and Smith manning the goals – (netcam highlights in due course).
Both teams played some good football and were moving the ball quite well. Andy Truett marshalling the Yellow Defence and a ilvely Colin Cuthbert posing the threat up front.
Blues had the effective, and tireless David Fielding in that role, and the ever willing Alan Brodie . Alongside Alan Pete Jarvis turned in a typically useful performance in his new luminescent City socks! Joe Bemrose always looking to get a shot off with his trademark ‘hammer’ of a left foot, but had few opportunities this morning thanks to Truett, and a willingness of his teammates to work.
Cuthbert struck after fifteen minutes with a lethal shot from twenty metres which flew past Barry Smith.
H-T 1-0 Yellows
Mark Bradshaw was equal to the threat served up from Blues as the game wore on and blocked no end of shots with his feet. He also stopped a penalty kick from Jarvis (or someone?) which would have been disallowed anyway.
Yellows also spurned a spot kick when Colin Cuthbert’s illegal effort went two feet wide of the post.
Alan Richards and David Partington , equally energetic today were often the architects of Yellows forays forward. Relative newcomer Pete Atkinson seeing quite a lot of the ball thanks to their service. Peter Quinn was resolute at the back for Blues and try as they might Yellows were thwarted in their efforts to find the cushion of a second goal.
Excellent Refereeing by Alan Graham – thank you. Contact offences rather up on the average and each team was awarded a three run penalty as reported.
Trevor Brereton reports from one of the games yesterday….18/1/19
Note: A short film from yesterday for the record, rather than writing about it – I wasn’t there for long. Probably of interest only to those who were (he claimed) because there’s not much going on to be honest! < action >
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MONDAY MORNING YOU SURE LOOKED FINE..
.(with a nod towards Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) Alan Richards reports…
Another spiffing Monday turnout and TWO Referees once more saw a couple of games on adjacent pitches at the Nash.
We had a netcam behind one of the goals – this time David Partington was the custodian and we’ll link the highlights as and when we get them back from the developers.
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On Pitch One it was a very close 6 v. 6 with Yellows and Blues almost deadlocked. It took a Gordon Nixon penalty (3 runs) and despatched with aplomb to beat the guest goalkeeper all ends up and give Yellow’s the lead after just ten minutes. David Fielding had a chance to reply for the Blues – again a three run penalty kick – but Mark Bradshaw was equal to him blocking the ball with his feet. Blues didn’t manage much more of threat throughout really.
At the other end the main danger came with four on target shots from Richards but a reality check in name only thwarted the former cinema projectionist . Guest Goalkeeper REALITY OSUOHA denied the Northern Moor born winger with a splendid display and once again proved how hard it is to score in those goals when the ‘keeper has such qualities as youthfulness and agility.
Yellows rear-guard was willing to move up and down the pitch. Quinn was often the link man with Hadge Cooper solid, as usual, Producing some magic with his shuffling feet at one point. Gordon Nixon a steadfast foil and Richards tracking back dilligently.
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With a greater threat up front Yellow’s would have won this by a wider margin. George Fieldhouse worked hard but couldn’t make much impression on the wily Truett and Brodie, both working hard to keep their team in the game.
Newish man ( the improving) Pete Atkinson and David Fielding (always puts a shift in) ably assisted by an energetic Colin Cuthbert tried to make things happen for Blues but it was not to be their day.
Thanks to Alan Graham for Refereeing this one. If anyone wants to report from Pitch 2 it will be reproduced here.
Garry Pearce reports from Pitch 2:
An excellent contest on the second pitch at Curzon today. The teams were evenly matched and it became apparent early on that this was going to be competitive. A bit of mostly accidental, contact and a couple of early runs but the game soon settled down. Martin opened the scoring, with a well placed effort that eluded Colin “De Gea” in the Yellow’s goal.
Stewart White equalised for the Yellows but it wasn’t long before Terry ‘Taxi’ Harrison put the Blues back in front, a deflection off Colin Fielding taking the shot past Steve Wingrove in goal. Stewart then put a screamer into the top corner, giving Party no chance.
The game was settled when the injured Foster, operating up front and nursing a sore hamstring, put a cleverly placed effort away for the Blues third.
Fully enjoyed refereeing a good game, played in the right spirit.
Final Score: Blues 3 v 2 Yellows
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Bibs. Future’s orange…
January 11th. 2019…
Record numbers at the Nash meant two games on adjacent pitches. Thanks to Garry Pearce and Colin Cuthbert for Refereeing. Yours truly attended with a listening brief regarding competition participation in the first few months of this year. More on that soon. I did manage to grab some photographs and a few minutes of video, including an interview with Mark Bradshaw which is <here>
So, something of a watershed moment for walking football at the Nash. Will numbers mean two games becomes the norm? If today’s turnout under unpromising skies is anything to go by this could be the future. In that regard some Amblers money will be spent on two new sets of bibs. One ORANGE at Mark’s suggestion, and One Red at mine. We are also going to buy some first aid equipment to keep in the big Curzon bag (if there’s room). An overdue development really.
Remember, Monday’s format will be three touch. See you then. John Smith too I hope – he has a birthday today…. many happy returns to you John.
As regards competition we’ll tackle the People’s Cup Over 50’s first and then try to establish who is where in terms of Amblers Over 60 and Over 70’s teams. If I didn’t catch your ear this morning and you wish to take part in either then please contact me in the near future. The Over 65’s league should see a Tameside Striders team once more with cross group participation. We’ve already had an offer to keep goal for this team, first we need to build a defence in front of the goalkeeper.
Brereton’s bulletin…Trevor’s take on today…
Yellows v Blues
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Massive turnout on a ‘murky’ Monday!
Blues 1 (Lees) Yellows 3 (Smith J, Smith B, Taylor pen.)
Alan Richards writes…
I think it was eleven v. eleven at the commencement of play . Nobody was stood still long enough for an accurate count ! Mark Bradshaw selected the teams. Welcome back to Keith Burrows after twenty eight consecutive twelve hour shifts !
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The numbers at the Nash continue to rise slowly, organically with an elusive ideal of 24 seemingly just over the horizon, just out of our grasp. Today’s turnout under unpromising skies a testament to the enthusiasm harnessed by Mark Bradshaw, and others.
Back in the early days of July 2016 I remember when just five turned up. Hadge Cooper was one. Me too.
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David Lees put the Blues ahead in the first minute. Ominous. A good strike which left Partington with little chance. The ‘keeper excelled himself later with two penalty saves. Extraordinary agility.
Yellow’s fought back through a congested midfield. Few had time to settle on the ball, to express themselves. Yellow runners were penalised. Contact offences were inevitable but they were few, to be fair.
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The two Smith’s were on target. First John equalised then Barry put Yellow’s ahead. At that point came the two Blue penalty kicks – in rapid succession after the first was saved by Partington I think it was Rob Lake who was tempted inside the ‘D’ to pass it back to ‘Party’ falling foul of the ingress law. David Lees thwarted, and again seconds later with his second attempt. Partington again denying Blues another gilt edged scoring chance.
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As the teams turned around the morning took on a murky look and the threatened drizzle arrived. Once more the pace was brisk. We’d had a change of Referee, Garry Pearce donning a bib for Blues as Colin Cuthbert became the man in black to gain Refereeing experience.
The game became a little scrappy with few good passing move to admire ‘ not many shouts of ‘good ball’ to anyone today, there just wasn’t enough scope or space to find an incisive pass very often. Some hung onto the ball a little too long while others tried to find space – often in vain.
Partington was threatened on a few occasions but solidly caught the ball, his body fully behind it straight out of the goalkeepers textbook. Blues kept looking to get back on terms with the industrious Lees the prime blue mover.
Almost inevitably Blues chalked up a third run and Woz Taylor despatched the penalty kick outfoxing Mark Bradshaw to make the game look safe for the Yellow side.
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After the game Mark readily agreed to extend three touch to Monday games for a few weeks, dependant on attendance.
- “That’s how it should be really” he said when approached. “Ideally we can get a few more regulars and go to two games side by side” …”the standard is good and almost all players are at a similar level with very few exceptions” (paraphrased).
We shall see how many turn up on Friday now.
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New man Syd (68, and on the touchline for a while) is keen to have a go and will be joining us soon. He’s confident he can live with the pace and settle in quickly. Thursday’s at Denton would have been ideal for him to start with but he works at that time.
We need to be prepared to welcome new players into a mixed ability group, even though most share similar ability (we might not always show it 🙂 )
Thanks to John Smith for sponsoring twenty muffins/barmcakes for January’s F.P.L. First come first served with their chips in gravy ! Our friend Pat, behind the counter is available on the day so it’s all systems go when the final Wednesday of the month rolls around.
January 4th. 2019 – Richards reports….
Blues 2 (White, Wingrove -pen)
Yellows 4 (Brereton 2, Lees, Truett o.g.)
Another large turnout of twenty one saw an initial pitch lay-out scaled down a little at the Ref’s understandable request but there was still plenty of width for Garry Pearce to police in his regular role at the Nash.
With Mark Bradshaw in one goal and David Partington splendidly bedecked in new looking kit both teams, Blues and Yellow set about trying to dismantle one another’s defences.
It will be impossible to mention everyone in this match report so I’ll avoid that folly.
The Yellow team seemed a little more cohesive in adapting to the extra space in those early exchanges. We could see the extra man making a difference*.
= = = = TAUT…
A taut opening spell proved fruitless for both teams but Yellows were probing rather more than their counterparts. Shots rained in, most wide or high but it was Blues who took the lead slightly against the run of play when a Steve Wingrove shot was either steered brilliantly by Stewart White – or it hit his ankle – not sure which but the change of course flummoxed Bradshaw.
As the interval passed it was soon level as Andy Truett deflected into his own goal.
David Lees put the Yellow team in front. Reward for his efforts in making his team tick today and he took his goal well.
= = = = =VENOM…
Trevor Brereton shot yellows to what looked like a comfortable lead.
Then a mistake at the other end saw Barry Smith crosing via the ‘D’ and a confused Yellow response saw ingress into the area. The resultant penalty saw Steve Wingrove’s perfect technique fire the ball with venom, right at the centrally placed Bradshaw who, though taking the sting out of it , couldn’t hold the ball and it squirmed past him into goal.
= = = = IMBALANCE…
With Yellows trying to keep possession in the dying moments Brereton got a brace. Yellows fourth from a fine strike coming in the very last second of play. Well done to Blues for soldiering on despite inferior numbers* – it wasn’t too noticeable on the pitch but looking at the team photo’s just now I realise there was an imbalance. Maybe if they had not been leading at half time we’d have addressed that.
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Three touch format would have helped this game today in my opinion. Garry Pearce – (thanks for Refereeing) was of similar mind. Not all will share that view of course. Feedback suggested some enjoyed the game today very much , others less so. I couldn’t hang around to discuss it.
Hopefully there’s room for the three touch method as the FPL approaches again in a few weeks time.
There’ll be a link to some more photo’s later. Thanks.
NEW YEARS EVE at the Nash 2018
Alan Richards’ brief summary…
Seeing a Police vehicle on the car park as we arrived at the club this morning was obviously an indicator that all was not well. Indeed the club had been hit by thieves once more overnight and further damage to the infrastructure of the stadium as well as the loss of other items is another sickening blow.
We eventually got the game started but the mood was subdued. An 8 v. 8 finished honours even, with one goal apiece. Conroy for Blues who led at half time, and White for Yellows, a fine assist from Colin Cuthbert.
Well Refereed by Garry Pearce (thanks) but although we enjoyed ourselves once things got going, the appalling criminality that has visited Tameside Stadium in recent days is not lost on we walking footballer’s, and it must be close to soul destroying for those who run and administer Curzon Ashton’s affairs.
Hopefully 2019 will prove a more secure, happier year for all involved at the club.
All the best to everyone for 2019.
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Alan Richards writes on Christmas Eve 2018
Yellows 1 (Bertenshaw) Blues 0
Nine v. Nine at the Nash under a clear blue sky, and with Yellow’s moving the ball quickly and creating chances galore it was a good thing for Blues that David Partington was again in such magnificent form. Mike Conroy in particular tested him on several occasions but an outstretched arm and lightning quick reflexes came out on top.
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At the other end I think I’m right in saying Mark Bradshaw had a relatively easy morning as Yellow defenders seemed committed to their task. Martyn Heath in particular playing very well, and when he moved upfield others would drop back to cover.
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Some good interplay brought about the only goal of the game with a ‘Trademark’ Terry Bertenshaw shot putting the cherry on top of a four pass move. Solid performances from Dave Fielding and Joe Bemrose too, with a new Monday player, Alan Brodie making himself available on the right and contributing to the effort. On the left quick passing from Alan Richards assisted Conroy and Bertenshaw to get forward with Trevor Brereton also in the mix for Yellows it was a good looking team. But they didn’t have it all their own way.
- – – -Because Blues battled with Steve Foster and Hadge Cooper propping up their defensive effort. Steve Hampson, carrying a knock from Friday had a splendid game at the back. John Gaskin also playing his part was steadfast.
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- Stewart White was doing his utmost to fashion some creativity up front supported by Peter Jarvis, Colin Cuthbert and the ‘youngster’ Lewis Bertenshaw, playing against his dad today. He adapted to a slower paced game well but found Yellow defenders resolute.
- That Bertenshaw goal proved enough as a second half saw Blues with more possession, but the penetration was again missing as Yellows, always looking comfortable on the ball, when they had it, held on for the win.
- Personal thanks to Garry Pearce for his gift of a calendar once more for a brand new year. Cheers Gaz – much appreciated.
On a sombre note Tameside Stadium was the target of thieves overnight. Considerable damage was inflicted on the fabric of the stadium & offices and this is a sickening blow for all who work hard in the interests of Curzon Ashton F.C. It’s a fact of life that bad things and bad people are in our midst. But when these unpleasant parasites inflict their pain and misery on people and places familiar to us personally it serves to bring home the ugly side of life. This at a supposed time of goodwill to all.
Merry Christmas – Ed.
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Nash Amblers internal – 17th.December 2018 – Alan Richards writes –
I dropped off a model car transporter at the Curzon office for the first team players visit to the Children’s ward on Thursday. From Morrison’s and made by ‘Dickies’. At one time aimed at boys but in these non gender specific days any girl or non-binary self identifier is welcome to it. Merry Christmas. Gordon Nixon spent the thirty quid profit from our Friday night raffle on toys too for the kids, so Mark’s team can spread a little more Christmas cheer.
Speaking of Mark Bradshaw, he had to leave us to our own devices today as he was off on a reconaissance mission across the Pennines.
We soon sorted ourselves out into nine v. nine blue and yellow bibbed, fairly equally matched teams.
Unknown quantity Peter Atkinson was handed a yellow and after a warm up that seemed to lack a little organisation today, and we were off.
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The pitch was sensibly big. And wide. Personally playing as an orthodox winger myself for ‘the Blues’ with number 7 on me back – the stuff of my dreams c.1965. Anyway, I had an unremarkable game but did manage what I think was our only shot on target, which Barry Smith had no trouble whatsoever dealing with. Fellow Blues John Smith, complete with new knee brace , and Steve Hampson (who’s haircut has had an anti-Sampson effect as he was all over the place today in a good way) were the Blue architects looking to break down Yellows, with prompting from Partington behind them looking to be inventive.
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For Yellow, performances of note came from defenders Rob Lake and Hadge Cooper. Steve Foster pushing up the pitch a little more. The spine of the team was effective too but it has to be said that forward players Mike Conroy and Pete Jarvis troubled Blue goalkeeper Gordon Nixon on very few occasions.
Perhaps a Terry Harrison, Trevor Brereton, Terry Bertenshaw or Stewart White was needed to break the deadlock on a morning like this one. All notably absent – numbers stubbornly refuse to breach the twenty mark. Hope you’re all okay chaps.
In Blue, David Fielding worked hard on the right and tested Barry Smith with a drive but the ball had gone over head height and made said Smith stretch a bit to gather it.
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Andy Truett also in Blue put an equally hard shift in. It was a sign of Yellow strength that Blues, to a man were forced to labour. Even so far as tracking back many metres as speedily as the laws allow, to rob a hesitant Yellow bib of the ball.
Colin Fielding was dependable at the back on his special day. Could he have possibly thought at 63 he’d be playing an approximation of football with a wide circle of pals and friendly acquaintances ten years later?
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I can’t mention everyone within a relatively short report but we all deserve plaudits. No blatant running that I saw although I’d say contact was up just a tad. Nowt really serious but one or two were ‘upended’. Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing.
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- Personal note again – that’s the first time I’ve played at Curzon for several weeks and I enjoyed it. Thanks.
The game ended goalless. An honourable draw . Equally matched teams indeed.
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A muted response afterwards to suggestions of new year friendly games – we do have a lot on. Most players this morning are already turning out three times a week !
More encouraging news though from Colin Fielding who reckons he will have the numbers to enter a ‘Nash Amblers’ over 70’s’ side into a new league starting at Heywood in March. Time is marching on for all of us it’s true and as mentioned earlier was indeed Colin’s 73rd. birthday today – many happy returns. It’s a pleasure to know you, and to play walking football with you.
On the way home I collected FIFTY hooded training tops from ARCO for cold weather wear at Denton. They took some sorting out and the fronts look fab – the backs a little less so, but I’m not beating myself up over it. I’m delighted I’ll now not be the only one with an initialled top at Tameside Striders. I think they look the business . They seemed big when I was sorting them out , but when I put my XL on it was a perfect fit and decent quality, elasticated cuffs and waist – anyway I digress – that’s Denton. I have to say all the Royal Blue Curzon rain jackets looked brilliant today chaps and they too, are good gear. (well done Woz).
- Dare I suggest Christmas jumpers on Christmas Eve?
December 10th at the Nash..and Garry Pearce reports…
Quick note about today’s game at the Nash. 18 players plus Mark Bradshaw, made for a 10 v 9 game, with the versatile Barry Smith changing sides at half time. The Yellows were leading two -nil at this point, thanks to two goals form Pete Peter Jarvis, one following a defensive mix-up, when Steve Wingrove gave Pete the chance to tap into an empty net, Pete followed his simple strike with a peach of a curler, just before half time. Dave P got fingers to it but could not keep the shot out.
The second half, and although he blues were bolstered with the extra man, it was yellows who added to their tally, when a deflected Wingrove shot beat David Partington. Yellows got one back through the vigorous Steve Foster and the scoring was completed when the effervescent Stewart White put a screamer past Bradshaw, with just two seconds left on the watch.
Lots of border line running, on such a large pitch, but only two runs penalised. A bit of contact too, but happily, nothing too serious.
Final Score: Blues 3 v 2 Yellows
- Curzon Ashton.
Dec 7th Trevor Brereton’s bulletin…The unsettled weather wasn’t enough to deter 13 regular “amblers” , along with FPL table topping Nash Bees keeper Dennis Cudahy , Elliot Pearce, and “the gaffer” Mark Bradshaw. The first half was end to end, with few clear cut scoring chances. Cudahy was the busier of the two keepers , making a couple of vital saves, to keep his blues team from going behind. Yellows Pearce junior went closest , when his low shot went through a ruck of players, and hit the foot of the post. Blues relied largely on speculative efforts, in an attempt to find a way through a well organised yellows defence.
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As the second half got underway, yellows mobility in midfield proved telling, as Hampson and Wingrove, “turned it on” , and Pearce junior made a crucial contribution. Still the blues defence lead by Partington stood firm, and hampered by a congested final third, yellows struggled to find a breakthrough. Blues David Lees did all he could to create a worthwhile opportunity for blues forwards. With the game heading for a stalemate, yellows struck to give their opponents “the blues”. Not for the first Mike Caldwell proved the match winner, as he fired low past Cudahy from close range. As it turned out the weather gods were kind, as the footballing gods piddled on the blues from a great height.
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Little running and minor contact in a most enjoyable game. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce, and good luck to Mark Bradshaw in his first game as CAFC manager tomorrow. (Sentiments echoed – Ed)Yellows -1, ( Caldwell )Blues – 0
- all Nash amblers are invited to a free Christmas lunch at the club on Thursday 20th. December from 1-00pm to 3-00pm. Please text, message or ring Alan in the next couple of days and I’ll get a rough idea of numbers across to Mark Bradshaw and Andy Cheshire…..thanks to the club for extending this welcome invitation – please note Wives and partners are welcome to come along too.
- NOTE: ****EVENT FULL!******
- Hopefully see you there – Ed.
- December 3rd. 2018
- Some second half action here <click>
- some video of todays game will appear here < you tube link >
- Elliot Cooke serves up a winner…Alan Richards writes…
- BLUES 1 (Cooke) YELLOWS 0
- A really splendid 7 v 7 game at the Nash this morning it was a pleasure to be there, if only commenting and filming from the sidelines.
More good wishes for Mark Bradshaw for his new appointment at the Curzon club, he’s looking forward to getting started in the role of first team manager.
Long established Amblers and relative newcomers alike were boosted by two much younger players, Elliot Cooke and Rory Shadbolt.
Impressive passing and movement from both teams with young Elliot in particular outstanding ! Linking up well with Gordon Nixon in Blue and some of the play was a delight to watch. Cooke’s movement was exemplary. It was the youngster who put Blues in the lead.
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Stewart White went closest to equalising in the first half but couldn’t quite get a couple of shots on target. He long looked most likely to break through, along with Tony Harrison and Martyn Heath.
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When the teams turned around the good play continued. Heath always involved on the right and improving with every game. He’s now in contention for a Heywood squad place with Tameside Striders. Food for thought for Denton’s Over 65 manager’s.
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Three yellow runs saw a penalty awarded and up stepped Cooke . Good technique but his shot, though evading Shadbolt in goal, hit the base of a post and it stayed one-nil. Partington shot just wide for Yellows but in the end the result was fair enough.
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Thanks to Garry Pearce for his Refereeing and to Barry Thickett for offering his services as an assistant Referee in the FPL in January. We are looking for two more volunteers to take up a flag and look for runners and that fourth touch.
- Incidentally, there is some news of the FPL on the dedicated website which will interest those who take part. Maybe those who are thinking about it.
- Todays teams: (game video footage will emerge in due course)
- Garry Pearce reports on the game November 30th….
- Seven v seven at the Nash today, the regulars supplemented by ‘junior’ Pearce. Just as well he turned up, as Dave Fielding, although in attendance, was nursing a rib injury. A fairly level game and the first half ended with a crisply taken finish from Terry Harrison past Mark Bradshaw, blues probably deserved the lead on the balance of play.To be fair, the second half continued much in the same vein until Terry Bertenshaw levelled the scores following a trademark dribble and shot past David Partington, Terry having missed a clear chance just moments earlier. Only three runs in total and four contacts in the whole game.
Final score: Blues 1 v 1 Yellows.
A good morning, mostly in the winter sunshine ☺
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- Woz Taylor slots home a penalty today – seems to have lots of goal to aim at !
- More ‘jacket’ pics…
- I will upload the rest to Flickr and try to get a photoshopped image with every ‘jacket’ and accompanying body from the different days on the shot.
- I think Colin Fielding is writing a Tina Turner flavoured match report: watch this space.
- Meanwhile here’s a picture of the singer to whet your appetite (?) I’m not a fan me’sen.
November 23rd. 2018…
- Today’s game ended in a one nil win for Yellows with Terry Bertenshaw grabbing the winner. Later we took some photo’s ‘Shooting Jackets’ – we are an inclusive group. Some got jackets for just a fiver due to Woz Taylor’s employer, and they are available to all at £26.50. The photo session was not aimed at long term players – anyone could have had their photo taken in a borrowed jacket. There were three going spare today. Andy, included in the pics has only played with us this month! If you want a photo in a jacket we can do this again on Monday.
- SHOOTING JACKETS – <the album>
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- Friday’s game on video (16/11) . Not for the purist. Commentary mildly controversial and introducing the ‘cockeyed’ eleven. Who will wear it next ? <video>
- Colin Fielding’s Beatle inspired match report from today…or, was it….
‘Yesterday’ on a cold, damp morning Curzon Ashton welcomed 18 ageing ‘boys’ who ‘come together’ for ‘a day in the life’ of a walking footballer. ‘Good morning good morning’ rang out at Curzon, even a distant ‘blackbird’ was heard whistling ‘here comes the sun’Dave P did the customary warm up, ‘I feel fine’ said several of the players. I’m ‘getting better’ said another but ‘I need a little help from my friend’.It was 9 reds v 9 yellows with Garry P refereeing. Garry laying the law down early telling Colin F ‘you can’t do that’ ‘tell me why’ was the response. ‘I should have known better’ said Colin.Reds were on top and Steve H was ‘here, there and everywhere ‘ and was creating ‘misery’ for the yellows. A move involving Terry(George) Harrison who said ‘ you won’t see me’ as he went past a yellow and laid on a pass to Stewart White (Album) who took a touch before a ‘twist and shoot’ to score an excellent goal past Gordon N. The blues were ‘flying’ now and Pete S took a ‘step inside’ and produced an excellent pass to Steve H who placed it past Gordon N to cause ‘misery’ for the yellows.Yellows were ‘getting better’ in the second half and were determined to ‘come together’ and not becoming a ‘nowhere man’ and finishing as ‘Im a loser’. Alan G took over refereeing duties in this half and it wasn’t long before blues chalked up their third walking offence resulting in a penalty award. Steve W stepped up to the spot with ‘Maxwells silver hammer’ hitting a powerful shot which Mark B amazingly saved. ‘This boy’ doesn’t concede many goals. Dave L and Dave F were a constant threat to blues but Andy T and Hadge C remained solid in defence ‘fixing a hole’ in defence determined that they ‘don’t pass me by’.Thanks to Alan R for taking photos of the game in his wonderful warm coat.‘Let it be’ and ‘good night’ said one of the guys after finishing his cup of coffee and sorting out Brexit, hope it’s sorted ‘when I’m 64’ it seems to be taking ‘a long long time’‘The end’Report may be poor but 31 Beatle songs.
November 19th. Colin Fielding will submit a match report. I shot some video which will eventually emerge.
- November 16th.
- Trevor Brereton writes up the action:
- Curzon 16th. November 2018 Blues 1 (Bertenshaw) Yellows 2 (Taylor, Yardley
- H-T 1:2
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Blues started the second half well, with livewire Bertenshaw a constant threat. Dave Partington made one tremendous save to his left, another Blue effort flashed past the yellows upright. Yellows had been on two runs for sometime, when late in the game they incurred a third. The resulting penalty was coolly despatched by Bertenshaw . However player/referee Keith Burrows deemed it illegal . Blues couldn’t find a way through in the final seconds , as yellows hung on for victory. A tight encounter with no nasty challenges, and only a handful of runs penalised by referee Burrows.Thanks to player/referees Keith, and Mark Bradshaw.Yellows – 2- Taylor, YardleyBlues- 1- Bertenshaw
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- November 12th. link to new photo site – hope it works
Blues 0 Yellows 1 (Taylor)
A more customary close game at the Nash this morning under bright skies and with a nip in the air. Fourteen Amblers met with the game decided by Woz Taylor’s second half goal.
There is a link to some photographs above – video later.
IT’S A BLUE MORNING AS YELLOWS YIELD TO A LEES LED ROUT…
(Hope you’re soon back playing Peter Ward)as Referee Richards writes from the Nash…
BLUES 6 (Lees 3 – 1 pen,Seddon 2, Fielding D) YELLOW 1 (Bertenshaw)
Never underestimate the difficulty of Refereeing a game of walking football. Especially at the Nash on a Friday. Especially if you want to try to make a decent fist of it.
Today we started with 7 v. 7 Blues and Yellows. This quickly became 7 v. 6 when Peter Ward suffered a calamity with his ankle early in the game . An audible crack, and off he went. Get back soon Peter, I think you’re due a ‘free’ game !
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Yellows took the lead despite this setback. Terry Bertenshaw with a fine shot.
The pace was picking up. What do you let go? what do you penalise? We all have differing opinions and decisions are made in good faith.
Three runs were racked up by Yellows – the last one an acceleration into a shooting situation. A common characteristic but not always penalised.
David Lees despatched the penalty past David Partington.
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One all at half time and no warning of what was to follow in a reversal of last weeks ‘game of two halves’. The goal rush came in the second half this time.
- Bradshaw gone to supervise dug out construction, Ward away home so now it was 6 v. 6the classic walking football line up. More space. Fewer runs, some sweet passing.
David Lees, now a regular and a force to be reckoned (he’s almost a quarter century younger than some he’s playing with hit another one for Blues. Within a couple of minutes Partington was picking the ball out of his net once again. This time Rod Seddon on target. Septuagenarian Seddon has just signalled an intention to play for Denton Wednesday in the fair play league. If he can restrain himself from running he will be a real asset up front.
Lees completed a hat-trick half way through the second half. He, Hampson and Seddon were tormenting the Yellow defenders now. Fed from midfield by the insistent Nixon and the persistent David Fielding.
Peter Smith perhaps the jewel in Yellows crown along with Bertenshaw, who battled to get them back into it. Alongside Caldwell Terry fashioned a few half chances but Danny Tipping – now in goal for Blues – was equal to them.
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David Fielding scored the goal of the game with a volley on the turn high into the roof of the net, and Seddon gave the gloss of five-one a little extra sheen with a goal close to the final whistle.
- Six one and a little flattering but no denying Blues were better today. No photo.
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Note: the order for jackets has gone in and been paid for. (£21 from Amblers money box) I have just one fiver to collect.
Good to see Mark back in Blighty after a memorable trip to Ohio.
We had a chat about Chips and Gravy, and Pies for the FPL days and decided the former was the easier option. How does Chips in Gravy and a brew for £2.50 sound ? We don’t want this to add to the workload for anyone on the day but it’s felt fast food might be offered and chips can soon be sorted for those who want feeding. I might take my own buttered barm cake !
- FIREWORKS AT THE NASH…November 5th. 2018
- first half Blues can’t hold a Roman Candle to the Orange’s gunpowder plot…
- Richards writes…
- As cameramen go I’m not the best. Nor the worst but I was left kicking myself this morning after only capturing one of the first half torrent of goals that came the Orange way.
Having stopped filming a fairly routine five minute sequence I moved to the back of the Blue goal to take some stills and that’s when the tide turned Orange’s way. To some tune.
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Harrison in particular with a performance of great zest peeling away fist in the air to celebrate a hat trick of goals scored within five minutes was another photo op. missed ! Remarkable.
Harrison got a hat-trick, Dave Lees was in on the act with a couple of smart finishes, and a superb long range effort from Keith Burrows following a Colin Fielding free-kick put the icing on the cake.
Oranges were the only fruit in town this morning as in this fifteen minute purple patch they cashed in on good luck and excellent finishing – not to mention the lack of a really top notch ‘keeper in the Blues goal. Gordon Nixon and Rob Lake did their best but neither will mind my mentioning they’re not quite from the same mould as the man at the other end. David Partington.
David was a change at half time with the score at six- nil. Swapping teams with Peter Quinn.
There had seemed little between the teams, selected by Referee Pearce and your truly using well tried methods of co-matching pairs. So it really proved in the second half. Blues enjoyed more possession and in fact won the second period one nil. A sublime back heel from Stewart White, which I believe I did get on camera. We shall see.
A good morning of brisk walking football enjoyed by all, I think. Thanks to Garry for Refereeing once more. Photo’s and video to follow.
Fourteen players – £42 handed to Luke Davenport of Curzon Ashton F.C.
- Pics here from Captain Blotchy (nothing contagious folks) <here>
- 2nd. 2018…
- Kazakhstan Blue 3 (Fielding, Hampson, Conroy) Orangemen 3 ( Brereton, 3)
- Thanks to the good offices of D.W.F.G. we got a game on at the Nash today.
With mentor Mark across the Atlantic we couldn’t get access to our kit bag.
Up to the top end of the 3g we went with bibs, markers and ball under the weak late autumn sun, which began to summon some strength as the forenoon hour ticked by.
Yours truly refereed sans whistle. Utilising my megaphone’s siren call instead. Necessity the mother of invention.
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Colin Fielding scored a good goal to put Kazakhstan Blues in front. Colin had an excellent game today with several sublime touches and a further assist.
The pace was challenging from the start, especially the Blue bibbed team and several verbal ‘slow downs’ were offered.
Brereton equalised and the I think the Orange team went ahead with Trevor once more on the mark from the penalty spot after an almost inevitable third blue run.
The sequence may be dodgy here but the score went to a ‘desmond’ thanks to Steve Hampson in blue. There was some good interplay and passing on show but purists – and there are some – would not call this walking football. Nevertheless it was entertaining for the protagonists. Some good saves from Partington including one remarkable double stop in the blue goal.
Mike Conroy put the Blues ahead (I think) after Blues were awarded a penalty of their own (3 runs). Despatched eventually with some aplomb with the ‘Flamingo Technique’ . Again Brereton struck to equalise once again to claim another ‘goal machine’ hat-trick and it ended all square at three apiece. I couldn’t write down the details I’m so sorry if they are little out of kilter from memory.
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We will no doubt reconvene on Monday – and may have a different Referee to take charge of proceedings. It’s always open for players to Referee the odd game themselves, to see just how difficult it can be when many of the players run, instead of moving at more measured moderate pace. Some contact offences this morning but not many. There is a real opportunity for someone to start up a ‘slow senior soccer’ or ‘Super Vets’ football group at the Nash. There’s some vacant pitch time slots so far as I know. 1
- 13 players today £39 handed in to the office at Curzon. Thanks to DWFG Chairman Gordon and others for assistance with the gear.
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(Note to self: keep a whistle in the van and don’t referee with a heavy object in hand again, because you’ll never know what you might be tempted to do with it.)
- Curzon 29th October Trevor Brereton reports:
Again a fine attendance of 16 amblers this morning, for what proved to be a tight encounter. Blues went close early on, with a shot that hit the underside of the bar , and was quickly gathered by yellows keeper Mark Bradshaw. Yellows took the lead when Brereton found Taylor on the edge of the “D”, Taylor evaded his marker and cleverly dinked the ball over the advancing Partington. There was little to choose between the sides in the first half, though blues speedy counter attacks were always a threat. Blues Partington made a splendid save from Harrison, and on the stroke of half time yellows Colin Fielding clipped the outside of the blues post. Blues were moving the ball well, so it came as no surprise when they drew level midway through the second half. Having had one free kick blocked, a second one was buried by Wingrove, with the aid of a slight deflection. Yellows were guilty of being wasteful going forward, as careless passes brought a halt to attacking opportunities. Player/referee Keith Burrows stroked home a fine free kick for blues , but had to rule it out as Colin Fielding was tying his shoelace.
Blues took a deserved lead with a Steve Foster strike that was partiality saved by Bradshaw, but looped up in the air, and over the line. Blues held on comfortably for a deserved victory, in a game that saw little running or contact. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw and player/ referee Keith Burrows.Blues- 2 – Wingrove, FosterYellows – 1 – Taylor
- Whether today acted as a release valve or antidote for a ‘fair play league’ I can only imagine, but reports reaching the edge of the Berwyn Mountains suggest it was more like a game of football for old guys this morning at The Nash: so I’m asking do we really need ‘excessive’ contact ? It’s a fair question. (Ed.)
Trevor Brereton reports:
Curzon 26th October
- WE DO LIKE MONDAYS !
- Blues 2 (Foster, Smith) Yellows 1 (Brereton
- Richards writes from the Nash…
- I think it was 9 v 8 at the Nash this morning. Desperately close to having enough for two simultaneous games.
Blues v. Yellows . Blue had the extra man.
Steve Foster with a number 9 on theback of his bib put the Blues in front. A bit of a scrappy game first half due to space restrictions on the pitch.
Second half went to three touch with a Referees assistant to help Garry Pearce who already had his whistle full with so many players.
The skill level in the second half increased notably. The Blue team especially were playing some slick passing walking football. First touches were pretty good too and the atmosphere of the game changed a little.
Barry Smith put Blues further in front with about ten minutes to go before a viscious shot from Brereton pulled one back for Yellow.
No photo at the end, I had my camera but forgot, and nobody reminded me- that’s why I’m not 100% sure of the total numbers. Barry Thickett was there as a spectator – thanks for my printed photo Barry- don’t get too many of those. (A few photos and some first half video to sort out this evening)
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- .October 19th 2018
- BLUES 4 ( Bertenshaw 2, 1 pen: Wingrove, Seddon) YELLOWS 2 (Brereton 2 pen)
- FUN IN THE SUN FOR SOME….Alan Richards reports from the Nash..
- With both of our regular Referees taking a well earned rest after their Heywood duties yesterday , it fell to yours truly to reluctantly take the field with trusty Acme Thunderer whistle in hand.8 v 8 in bright sunshine I impressed upon the players that I would be strict on running.Blues v. Yellow evenly matched teams looking to enjoy an Autumnal Amble .
- Good to see Keith Yardley back fit again, and another infrequent visitor Rod Seddon. Both would play their part in an intriguing game.Blues took the lead through Bertenshaw, also a welcome returnee after some knee trouble and a busy work schedule.
- P1090686 (click for a moving picture, not emotional just moving – be quick or you’ll miss it)
- Blues garnered three running offences first. Trevor Brereton converted past Bradshaw with the Mike Conroy Flamingo TEchnique, he’s obviously been watching our videos. Well done Trevor, Mark is not an easy goalkeeper to beat.One apiece at half time.Secod half the pace slowed just a little. Contact was nothing to write home about either just sme over exuberant coming together for the most part. Refereeing is not easy and there’s nothing quite so disconcerting as when you let play go on, and a trusted friend or acqaintance looks at you pleadingly with arms stretched wide. Oviuclyself-doubt kicks in – for a second or two.Steve Wingrove scored with a rocket shot that left Partington with little chance from distance. Rod Seddpn added a third after Party had saved from Bertenshaw. Seddon seized upon the parried ball and Rod’s yer uncle – Three one. The game was getting away from Yellow’s now and a third run saw Terry Bertenshaw convert a penalty to make it four !Yellows responded gamely. Stewart White the architect taking on several players at a time on occasion switching and swivelling and avoiding oppostion feet. Rob Lake eventually crossed the physicality line just outside the ‘D’ and upended White with a careless challenge. Penalty! Up stepped Brereton again, and Manfred Manfully put the ball wide of Bradshaw to ripple the net. Such a pretty Flamingo.It finished 4 -2. Most players enjoyed it and I’d like to say I enjoyed Refereeing it.But, you can’t always get what you want, and though I’d intended to film the session what followed was certainly a challenge.
- A word of praise for Keith Yardley who got into some very threatening positions with his movement, only the final product was lacking.
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- Good to see the whole cast emerge looking relatively unscathed ahead of a big week for local mixed-ability walking football.
- I look forward now to the F.P.L. next Wednesday, hope we get similar weather. For the record – under the F.P.L. criteria Yelows would have had a Referee’s fair play point awarded today. Not Blues. (Dissent) – nothing major but we should all accept decisions of the Referee because it’s highly unlikely he’ll change his mind.If anyone else (Trev) wants to write this game up from a player’s perspective please feel free.
- Thanks to Jack Sloan for the photo – which will be up when it’s been developed 🙂
- WINGROVE WINS IT FOR YELLOWS AS RICHARDS BLOWS A BLUES PENALTY…
- We’ll have a few photo’s later from today’s game at the Nash….thanks to Barry Thickett.
- YELLOWS 1 (Wingrove) BLUES 0…. pics<here>
A lively and brisk affair ( familiar euphemisms as you’ll have gathered by now).
With Heywood reject Richards stepping up to the plate to take a penalty, Mark Bradshaw must have thought he had a better than even chance of saving it. A perfect one step toe bung but safely collected by the ‘keeper fairly effortlessly low down to his right.
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The scores were deadlocked at half time. Both teams shifting the ball sometimes to good effect. It would be pointless to point out individuaLs for special praise but international trialist nominee goalkeeper David Partington made some good saves in the Blue goal, particularly second half.
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Fluency was hard to find at times on a crowded pitch but it was the Yellow who clinched it after a pass from Mike Caldwell was driven along the ground with much force from the right foot of Steve Wingrove. Partington had no chance with that one. A fearsome daisy cutter indeed !
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Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this game and to all for a game played in the right sort of spirit. We may need to rediscover our three touch technique soon, ahead of the FPL next week.
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- TRANS-HEMISPHERE WALKING FOOTBALL RETURNS TO ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE
- AMBLERS DIE-HARDS MEET A TEAM FROM DOWN UNDER..
- …Trevor Brereton REPORTS FROM ‘The Nash’
- Curzon October 12th. 2018
Remember when we played the boys of Brisbane Academy in 2016? Who could forget it? Well…..The low turnout (8), and persistent rain didn’t bode well for a rewarding game this morning, but strewth! Fortunately the Australian Youth Institute team enabled us to have an 8 v 8 game. If the international break is good enough for Premier League superstars, why should it be any different for the Ambler’s ? The Aussies adapted well to WALKING football, and placed more emphasis on attack rather than defence, displaying excellent touch, flicks and passing.
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The youngsters took the lead with a penalty (awarded for three runs) , midway through the first half. Amblers hit back through Caldwell who took advantage of slack marking to level the scores. The Amblers took the lead early in the second half when Wingrove finished well from close range. Amblers defence was coping well in the face of what was at times mesmerising skill from the budding Messi’s and Ronaldo’s.
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David Partington had to be at his best as our antipodean friends piled the pressure on. The Ambler’s counter-attacked swiftly, with Caldwell in on goal, stabbing the ball past an unlucky ‘keeper. Just when the Ambler’s looked comfortable, the young guns pulled a goal back, crikey! this wasn’t over yet. Following a stunning move that cut through the Ambler’s defence, Partington had to make a terrific save to ensure Ambler’s held on for victory. There weren’t ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, at the Ambler’s win. Such was the success of this game , a return fixture for next Friday has already been arranged. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing today’s game.
(Sorry I missed this – I won’t miss it next week – Ed.) Any photo’s or was it too sodden wet?)
– – – –Amblers- 3- Caldwell( 2, ) WingroveAustralian Youth Institute.- 2
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- ‘SOMETHING’ IN THE WAY HE MOVES…
- as Harrison comes up with an opener it’s Strawberry ‘Fielding’ forever as David wins it.
- BLUES 1 (White) YELLOWS 2 (Harrison , Fielding)
- (hope I’ve got this right)
- With fourteen Amblers including Mark B. on the 3g – which looked splendid in the soft, Autumn sunlight filtering through clouds – Blue met Yellow. Bradshaw selecting both ensembles and the balance was to prove right once more as a closely contested affair followed.
With Referee Alan Graham in slightly stricter mode than normal both teams soon clocked up three running offences each. Two penalties were dis-allowed due to errant technique. Micro steps involved each time and a half time discussion followed to try to clarify the position.
Alan also declared a purge on tacking (even clean dispossession) – from behind. Which he feels is at the root of much of the excess physicality we’ve been hearing about.
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Stewart White had given Blues a half time lead with a cleverly worked goal via Barry Smith.
- Meanwhile Blue defender Steve Foster had pulled up with what looked like a thigh strain, but played on manfully. Richards attempting to cover at the back as Foster pushed forward. The lack of a defenders brain didn’t help but with vocal encouragement and guidance from teammates the damage was minimised.
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Immediately after the break Terry Harrison equalised with a fine goal, greeted with a tremendous roar from Garry Pearce. Yellows had been building well, with Wingrove both carrying the ball and laying it off for Harrison and Fielding to threaten on goal. Fielding’s luck was deserting him today but he was still finding the right positions, having been ushered upfield by Pearce. Pearce the ebullient. The right wing back today showed no ill effects from last weeks painful shoulder incident. Fielding himself persevered as he always does, and with a slick piece of finishing, fashioned a winner for Yellows.
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Brereton lying in the deep for yellow, particularly second half stabilised the side and helped make it hard for Blues to establish a sustained threat. Cooper, playing left wing back also contributed to the Yellow cause.
Blues main threats were Hampson and White, although Barry Smith worked tirelessly up front and both he and White attempted some visionary passes, which when they came off opened up good possibilities. Gordon Nixon was solid at the back for Blues too, with Richards happy to lay the ball off short after one or two touches, accurately for the most part. Steve Foster, hero-of-the-hour shrugging off his injury contributed much to the Blue’s valiant effort but it was that man Harrison again who popped up to plant a winner past Partington. Our goalkeeper had stopped a few good efforts earlier but he couldn’t do much about this one.
Teams:Yellow – – Bradshaw , Pearce, Cooper , Fielding D (1), Brereton ,Wingrove, Harrison (1),
Blues: Partington, Nixon , Foster , Hampson ,Smith B, White (1), Richards.
No cameras today but another decent Monday showing for the regulars, with two or three missing – but we’ll see you soon we hope.
I returned home to see news of the revised F.A. laws announced today. I shall investigate and post a link to them. Will be good to exchange views when we catch up with each other again
- I wrote this for the Curzon Ashton official programme for the Boston game but the editor didn’t include it. Rather than waste the effort totally I’ve reproduced it here:
- WALKING FOOTBALL AT THE NASH –
For just the second time in the short two and a half year history of The Nash Amblers they face a team from Curzon Ashton F.C.’s first team National League North rivals on the same day.
A squad of walking footballers from Boston United are taking us on today in a friendly match on the training pitch, and by the time you read this the game should be over, and it both sets of players should be watching the main event in the stadium.
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A squad with an average age of sixty years old was assembled to play this friendly match versus the visitors, who will field a similarly aged team. With some younger men in their fifties making debuts for the Amblers , older, regular stalwarts were called upon too. The Referee was Manchester F.A. badged official Keith Burrows.
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Last season the Amblers travelled the shorter distance to F.C. United of Manchester to play the home team before the first team fixture. On that occasion we won a very enjoyable match by three goals to one and established good links with the F.C.U.M. Walking Footballers. Repeating that result may well be tougher today, as Boston’s ‘Pilgrims’ compete at various levels across the country and are recognised as a very good team. (We won 3 – 1 Ed.)
As always at ‘The Nash’ the emphasis in the walking game is focussed on participation and enjoyment of older players, who still wish to play an approximation of regular football at sensible levels of physicality.
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FAIR PLAY LEAGUE
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To this end a completely new project kicked of this week the Curzon Wednesday ‘Walking Football Fair Play League’. Attracting seven teams including Burnley F.C. Walking Football, Vintage Celtic (Stalybridge) and Bolton Arena this is an innovative, and unique project where fair play points are deducted for constant running or foul play. With equal value to match won points the onus is definitely on playing the game as it should be played. Non-contact (within reason) with forceful challenges outlawed.
Competitive walking football has definite problems around these areas, and it’s hoped this novel approach which should attract the semi-competitive player to league competition will catch on. Nearby teams Tameside Striders, Denton Wednesday and Vintage Celtic are also taking part to ensure a more light-hearted local rivalry with The Nash Amblers and The Nash Bees. Average age of the players has to be no lower than 62 although certain age restrictions are relaxed. To find enough goalkeepers for instance the age has been lowered to 45 for that position only. Many taking part will be in their late sixties or early to mid seventies.
All games will be firmly Refereed by experienced , and respected officials, and there will be assistants on hand to spot off the ball running. Students from the club’s academy will be getting involved as part of their sports development course. They have already joined the Amblers in one of their Friday sessions and by all accounts adjusted well to the pace. Giving their much older teammates a lesson in walking. It’s also hoped they will involve themselves in administration and practical duties. This is a ground breaking approach for trans-generational involvement in the game of walking football, and Coach Mark Bradshaw deserves great credit for his ideas in this area. His encouragement to the club’s walking footballers cannot be overstated.
The build up to this league has already increased the Curzon Ashton F.C. profile within the walking football community and if the idea takes off it could be a Curzon blueprint for future tournament organisers to consider. I’ll be back with an update in a couple of months time assuming all goes well.
Alan Richards – Walking Football Co-ordinator.
- Eight Amblers October 5th – numbers down following GMWFL…
- AMBLERS HIT SIX IN THE SUNSHINE….October 1st. 2018
- Seasons come and go but for these ever youthful ‘spring-in-their-step’ Amblers it’s ‘Forever Autumn’…
- Alan Richards writes from ‘The Nash 3g’
- I try to apply an amount of logic when selecting teams to play each other. I usually have assistance but this day I handled the task alone. By the nature of our sessions all teams are mixed ability but at Ashton everyone can play – at least a bit. Assuming they’re fit.
- So after dishing out the bibs this morning a retrospective glance spied an element of potent attack versus experienced and accomplished defence. However that wasn’t the full story as the attackers on both teams managed three goals apiece and the shot count was as numerous as it was a little wayward at times, hence my next job – ball boy – kept me busy and mobile !
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Terry Harrison put the Blues in front. Stewart White doubled the lead a little later There really was some excellent walking football on show. There were no running ‘penalties’ either this morning and few cases of contact. Garry Pearce let the game flow and kept his whistle in his hand rather than penalise the few marginal calls.
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Yellows drew level. First it was Trevor Brereton on target to beat Bradshaw, then Stephen Hampson equalised after a flowing move exposed the Blues defence. At this juncture the fog descends but I the yellow team took the lead, again via ‘goal machine’ Brereton.
The day was warming under a mid-Autumn sun and the glistening brows of the players bore testimony to rising temperatures. They rose on the pitch too in a good way, as Blues went forward – the ever menacing Stewart White levelled the game and that’s how it ended 3 – 3.
- Well matched teams – a combination of design…and happy accident.
Good to see our walking football promo/advertising board has found a good position by the new pitch, and we all gathered around it for a team photograph with a difference. Hats off to all of those players who contributed to the new pitch by funding this symbol of the local game – I think we’re all ENJOYING it – even if only as ball boy at the moment. 🙂
A NOTE FOR ALL CONCERNED PLAYERS TO TAKE ON BOARD – THE NEXT FAIR PLAY WEDNESDAY LEAGUE FIXTURES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD TO OCTOBER 24th.
- Curzon Ashton
PEARCE JUNIOR AMONG THE RUNNERS AND RYDERS…
as Trevor Brereton tees up a golf themed account of the actionThe weather was yet again kind to the players who made their regular Friday pilgrimage to Curzon , for a 5 v 5 game that was enjoyed by all. Garry Pearce’s son Elliott was a welcome addition today, and showed that he has inherited his dad’s football ability.
Both teams started well, particularly the blues, and had it not been for goalkeeping heroics from keeper Gordon Nixon, they could easily have been out of sight by half time.
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For yellows young Pearce and Brereton were combining well, ably supported by Foster and Gaskin. Yellows took the lead when Brereton found space on the left, and fired high into the net. Shortly afterwards they doubled their lead , again Brereton on the left finished well with a low shot. Blues White, and Wingrove created many opportunities, only to see Nixon stop the ball with nearly every part of his anatomy. Likewise Blues keeper White, then Tipping pulled off excellent saves to deny Elliott, who also hit the bar.
In the second half the yellow defence tightened up , as the blues frustration continued. For blues David Fielding, supplied Wingrove, who’s shooting was unusually wayward in the second half. As yellows pushed forward Brereton “teed ” the ball up for himself a “fairway” from goal, and unleashed a speculative shot that was saved, however the parry applied vicious spin on the ball, and it spun back over the line, to “putt” the yellows. 3- 0 ahead. The blues persevered, and were rewarded with a deserved consolation as Stewart White fired in from a tight angle. A most enjoyable game once again , well refereed by Garry Pearce.Blues- 1- WhiteYellows -3- Brereton
- A picture paints a thousand words they say, so here’s twenty thousand of ’em.
- September 24th at The Nash – Blues won one-nil <pics>
- Video here – half of the second half <click>
- Curzon Ashton
An old friend returns – dear Desmond two – two.
By Trevor BreretonA decent turnout of 13 amblers along with Mark Bradshaw ensured a intriguing encounter at the Nash. Blues boasted four attackers that would walk into most walking football teams, Taylor, Lees, White and Wingrove, while yellows looked the more defensively sound. The early pressure came from Blues as they stroked the ball around, without really testing yellows keeper Partington. Yellows relied on counter attacks, with Brereton finding space, and testing Bradshaw in the blues goal. Yellows took the lead when Brereton capitalised on defensive uncertainty (thanks Trevor, I’d call it rank incompetence -Ed.) and fired low past Bradshaw. Yellows lead didn’t last long, as the ever dangerous Stewart White fired powerfully past Partington from an acute angle. Yellows stemmed the tide of blues attacks, and were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty (3 runs ). Mike Conroy who has a high percentage of successful spot kicks, added another one with a pin point conversion past Bradshaw. As the second half got underway yellows opted for the five defender’s on the edge of the the “d” , and one man just in front of them. Tactics.
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Blues had the majority of possession, as yellows defended resolutely under extreme pressure. Lees and Taylor were particularly dangerous, bringing the best out of the Peter Pan of goalkeeping Partington .Blues were awarded a penalty after an ingress into the “d”. Taylor fired powerfully to Partington’s left, Party rose like a salmon to parry the ball away, remarkable !!..Still blues created chances as Richards found space on the left , and White and Foster joined the attack. With five mins remaining blues breached the yellows defence, as Lees gained a yard on his man , and fired powerfully past Partington. No further goals as ref Garry Pearce blew the final whistle on memorable match up of attack v defence. As always a game played in a good spirit, thanks to Garry for refereeing.
Blues- 2- White, LeesYellows- 2- Brereton, Conroy (pen)
- Mint Trevor 0
- especially the
tictacstactics ! – thank you . Ed.
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- Curzon Academy Students get an ‘A’ for Ambling …..
- Trevor Brereton reports…
- Sept 14th
Curzon AshtonWith only nine of the Nash Amblers present this morning, Mark Bradshaw boosted the player count with a number of lads from the Curzon Academy. The yellow bibbed team dominated the first half, clocking up 4 goals due to some clinical finishing from the budding young Curzon stars. The second half saw a better organised black bibbed team dominate proceedings. The touch, power and passing accuracy of the young lads shone through in what must have been a new experience for them. Not to be outdone the “oldies” performed with great credit also. The “blacks” peppered the yellows goal , and only some fine goalkeeping from David Partington prevented an avalanche of goals ” Black’s” did add some credibility to the score with 2 late goals.. Very little running or contact this morning in a game that was played in great spirit. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for facilitating and refereeing today’s game.Yellows 4Black’s – 2
- Reports on Facebook suggested the younger element adjusted very well to the pace of walking football and showed good discipline. – (Sorry I missed it – Ed.) photo below.
- A seven v. seven which included our coach Mark Bradshaw was played out in dry and pleasant conditions at the Nash today.
Blue and Yellow Bibs were dispensed as fairly evenly matched teams – always the aim – were assembled and kicked off this regular start the week walking football event.
Yellows seized the initiative early doors and forced Blue ‘keeper Bradshaw to make three quick fire saves and blocks in a crazy ten second spell.
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The Curzon man repulsed these early efforts and Blues came back strongly with excellent passing moves that led to a Trevor Brereton opener, his powerful strike brushing the ankles of Steve Foster on its way into the net.
Stewart White followed up with two good goals for Blues and then he and Brereton hit the frame of the goal twice as Blues threatened to run riot. David Partington pulled of a couple of fine saves to keep his team in the hunt
David Lees and Mike Conroy threatened for Yellows but they were three nil down at the break.
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H-T Blues 3 -0 Yellows
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With Yellows beginning to mount a stiffer resistance via Harrison and Foster – some great cross field passes – and prompted by Cooper at the back the only question was could they register a goal. Lees and Harrison were sniffing, and Mike Conroy looking to let fly if the opportunity arose. Quinn always available on the right flank.
In Blue, a high octane performance from Colin Fuelding and willing defensive grafter David Carter both did their level best to prevent that happening . Mobile Steve Hampson was invaluable to the Blues effort , inventive and full of energy.
Blues best second half chance was spurned by Richards, shooting wide from the edge of the ‘D’ after a fine ball from Stewart White.
No more goals for either side. Many thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing, and to Mark and the club for facilitating
Teams: Blues 3 – Bradshaw, Carter,Fielding C, Hampson, Richards,Brereton (1), White (2)
Yellows 0 -Partington, Cooper, Foster, Lees, Harrison, Conroy, Quinn
- September 7th 2018
- NUMBERS AT THE NASH
Blues 6 ( Jarvis o.g. Lees 3, White, Hampson) Yellows 0
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Steady drizzle dominated proceedings at the Nash today.
A 7 v. 7 Blue v. Yellow affair with numerals on the back of Blues – a first. I was handed number nine and in true centre forward tradition got off a few half decent shots, all on target but saved by a succession of goalkeepers.
Wearing eight ‘young’ David Lees grabbed himself three goals. A shot from Lees had taken a cruel deflection off Peter Jarvis to open the Blues account. Stewart White a false number 2 in menacing, attacking mode all morning added another and after a slick, crisp move Pot One’s Steve Hampson put the icing on the cake – speaking of which it was Mark Bradshaw’s birthday today and though he didn’t get a cake, as a special treat he got to Referee the game !
Thanks Mark. You did a good job and it was excellent training for your stint in the Fair Play League which starts later this month.
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Yellows were under the cosh but it was never too one sided to be fair. Just that the Blues finishing was clinical (apart from mine). With Steve Foster and Colin Fielding at the back their base was secure enough for others to break forward with confidence and some precision passing.
For Yellows Trevor Brereton offered stoical resistance and Pete Jarvis also pushed forward but to little avail. David Fielding was another Yellow grafter. Unfortunate as Lees’s shot brushed his ankles on the way in.
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David Partington switched teams at half time to keep goal for Yellows as John Gaskin was also good enough to swap teams. John completed a good stint in goal for his Blue new Blue team Not even ‘Party’ could stem the tide of Blues advances. It’s not often we get a six-nil result but that’s what happened today. The main difference was Blue’s clinical finishing (apart from my own of course – Ed)
Mike Caldwell converted a consolation penalty but didn’t wait for the whistle and it was disallowed. The luckless striker put the re-take wide. He and Pete Smith battled constantly up front and on the right flank respectively for Yellow’s but the game was up well before the end.
Sadly today’s photographs were too blurred to feature. Blame the rain.
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- 3rd. Septembers 2018 – Autumn dawns and..
- …HARD WORKING BLACKS BLUNT THE YELLOW PERIL as Alan Richards reports from The Nash
- With the eventual decision that a big pitch was in order and a ten v. nine game the best bet for a grey, and eventually damp morning we got underway playing across the 3g. ‘So many in the Autumn of their lives and a few younger men enjoying an Indian summer’ the seasons come and go but the game of walking football continues around the calendar around these parts.
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Most of the early passing found intended targets and a fairly fluid game began to take shape. New man Peter Quinn settled in and played his part. Black’s having a majority of possession and taking the lead through danger man Stewart White after a slick move placed him in space with a clean shot on goal.
Yellow’s hit back. Peter Smith , nimble on his toes went very close with a shot that almost deceived Mark Bradshaw in goal. Mobile Mike Conroy was keeping black defenders on their toes, but David Partington and Gordon Nixon kept him in check much of the time.
Woz Taylor looked menacing in a yellow bib at times but could not fashion a clear cut chance.
In Black, Trevor Brereton returning after a holiday was always involved in a creative sense and finding Terry Harrison with balls to feet, the industrious Richards playing a supporting role and covering ground in keeping Blacks on top. Just.
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- Shwarz superiority was underlined when David Lees, fortuitously positioned on the edge of the area doubled their lead with a clinical finish.
Two nil at half time. This was not a conventional walking football pitch as we were using six yard areas as ‘D’s which left goalkeepers rather closer to the open play than normal.(Perhaps a hazard in and around that angular area?)
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To even out the numerical deficiency Mark Bradshaw played the second half in Yellow’s goal and Barry Smith assumed the role of right winger. Posing a threat for yellow and any breakthrough looked likelier to come from the right flank.
Keith Burrows – now in the Black goal – was outstanding with a series of blocks and parries that kept Yellows at bay – much to the frustration of the likes of the Fielding ‘brothers’ and Foster who were foraging upfield as their team started to make the extra man count. Woz Taylor would have almost halved the deficit had he enjoyed a slice of luck with a tremendous continental style flick which crept just wide. Shades of Johann Crust.
Black’s didn’t buckle however, indeed with the lively Hampson and the front three axis of White – Brereton – Harrison they clawed their way to a succession of corner kicks taken by Lees but as we all know corners are difficult to capitalise on in this head high game.
With the contact count creeping up beyond the average there had been few running offences. Sadly for Yellows though they did increase the pace once too often and a penalty kick was awarded.
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Initial reluctance from Richards as he placed the ball on the spot and looked for perhaps better candidates in getting a dead ball past Bradshaw. The task fell to Stewart White who appeared to send the Curzon man the wrong way as he converted the spot kick. There was some discussion afterwards about the one-step technique but Referee Pearce was in no doubt. GOAL !
A rousing game. Resulting in a slightly flattering three-nil win for Blacks. Both teams putting everything into it, and hopefully getting a lot out.
Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for facilitating (hope everyone paid their £3 today) and to Garry Pearce – covering a lot of ground in a vivid orange EFL Ref’s top – quality apparel, dynamic officiating.
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Friday will bring new Blue bibs – numbered ones at that ! (I have a feeling we may run to two pitches very soon….Ed.)
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- 31st. August 2018
- David Partington joins our growing band of match reporters….
- Sixteen Amblers turned out this morning, making it an 8-a-side game in brilliant sunshine, it was very nice to see Alan Graham back to referee. The game ended 1 -1 Steve Wingrove scored first for the black bibs with a trademark blaster that took a wicked deflection giving the yellow bibs goalkeeper no chance. It was very hard to find room in this game, and that led to a couple of players running to find space. The yellow bibs were awarded a penalty after the black bibs third run, the penalty was smashed into the roof of the net by Mike Conroy giving the blacked bibbed goalkeeper Barry Smith no chance. There were plenty of good passing moves by both teams but it looked like it would stay 1-1 no team creating any real chances,but with only a few minutes to go the black bibs were awarded a penalty. Up stepped that man Wingrove and he hit the ball very well but it was somehow saved by the yellow bibbed keeper Partington.
- A fair result a draw well refereed by Alan Graham
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Bank Holiday Monday 27th. August and Garry Pearce reports from the Nash…
Head-Height Hadge seals it!
13 Amblers and Mark Bradshaw assembled at a drizzly Tameside Stadium for our Bank Holiday game. Teams were selected by referee Pearce and although the early exchanges were very level, it was a super strike from Dave Fielding that gave the Black bibs the lead. A stooping Steve Wingrove attempted to head the ball clear but only succeeded in adding a slight deflection, to take the ball past Gordon Nixon in the Yellows goal. Advantage called and the goal given. Yellows mounted something of a resurgence and equalised a few minutes later with the hard-working Dave Lees tucking a well struck shot past the partially unsighted Bradshaw. Again for the black bibs, the industrious Stewart White, with plenty of attempts, eventually put one past Nixon with a scuffed chance. They all count!
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Half time: Blacks 2-1 Yellows.
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In the second half the Yellows had a period of sustained pressure and it was the resolute Hadge Cooper who blocked most of the attempts, giving away numerous free kicks for over head-height, all of which came to nothing. With some two minutes to go, ‘keeper Nixon was put under pressure, following a rare foray forward by Cooper. The roll out was too close to the defender, he took a side step and crashed a left footed shot into the net. Final score Blacks 3-1 Yellows. A fine game, played in a good spirit, notably by David Partington, who was bemoaning the failure of his left foot strike when clear on goal! Two runs each today and a smattering of contact, all accidental.
Well done to all the guys for their efforts this morning. (thanks Garry – Ed.)
Thanks to Stewart White for this report of August 24th. proceedings at ‘The Nash’
Mark Bradshaw selected teams from the assembled 15 Amblers and Nash Player of the Year David Partington conducted the warm up.
There followed a very enjoyable game of walking football with minimal physical contact well refereed by Keith Burrows.
For Yellows David Partington made several good saves and was ably supported in defence by Danny Tipping, Dave Fielding and John Gaskin.
David Lees and Pete Smith provided most of the legwork for forwards Wingrove and Caldwell but couldn’t find the breakthrough they deserved.
For Blacks Bradshaw in goal wasn’t called upon to make many saves but his distribution proved crucial to progressing play.
Gordon Nixon and Steve Foster defended solidly and Mike Conroy, Keith Burrows and Steve Hampson provided good cover for them as well as good creative play when attacking.
Woz Taylor and Stewart White combined well up front and it was a great pass from Taylor that set up White to score the only goal of the game.
Thanks due to David, Gordon, Keith and Mark for facilitating today’s game which was played, as ever, in a very good spirit.
20th. August (the year is FLYING by)
Garry Pearce reports from the Nash…
Leaden skies and high humidity saw 15 amblers and Mark Bradshaw at a busy Curzon Ashton this morning. Teams were chosen by Mark and although the Yellows looked to have the more attacking team, the blacks held their own and Bradshaw made a couple of decent stops. Gordon Nixon in the other goal was hardly troubled,save for one effort stopped dead on the goal line! No score at half-time.
The second half saw the yellows put the press on and they were rewarded when Bemrose stroked in a left footed curved strike from the right wing. Blacks were galvanised and prompted by the lively Pete Smith had more than their fair share of possession. Unfortunately for them, the game was put out of their reach, following a sweet move and a superb finish by Stewart White. Final score:
Blacks 0 v 2 Yellows. (Bemrose, White)
Only three runs (although there were a couple of ‘borderline’ moves, not affecting play, so advantage was played). Not much contact either, what there was appeared mostly accidental. A good morning workout, with everybody perspiring freely at the end. Thanks to everyone who played the game in our usual good spirit.
Cheers Garry – Ed.
Richards writes – his summing up of a five goal thriller at the Nash…17/8/18
Blacks 3 (Conroy 2. Lees) Yellows 2 (White 2)
Today’s game at the Nash, was in my view a great advert for three touch walking football.
We didn’t play three touch – and that’s my point really. Just my opinion after all. Enough said on that. I like quick passing snappy walking football where players have their heads up looking to lay off the ball either forwards or backwards then move to create angles and space so they can get the ball back again. It’s hard work, no doubt about that.
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I’m not sure what pattern the scoring occurred in today’s game. I tjhnk it was Stewart White, as nimble and energetic as ever opened up for Yellows. playing with Stewart you’re always likely to get a pass if you move into space and he can see you. He is an accomplished distributor of the ball and for me that’s his main strength. Goalscoring comes second and indeed he did bag a second, but not before Mike Conroy had equalised, then put Black’s ahead from the edge of the ‘D’. The first goal came seconds after his re-introduction following an injury to the back of his neck. An accidental ‘coming together’ with Pete Smith which left Mike on the deck for a minute or two. As he left the field Richards also withdrew to keep the numbers even .
We had several goalkeepers on view. A double stint from Gordon Nixon for Yellows, his handling dependable as ever in that position, and it takes a good shot to beat him.
Dave Partington spent the second half in goal for Blacks – we all know how good a ‘keeper he is and Danny Tipping reciprocated for Yellows with a truly outstanding performance of agility and reflex.
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David Lees took his turn as did Keith Burrows who later acted as player /adjudicator because did I mention? We had NO Referee today ! Messrs Pearce and Graham were absent and no other volunteers. I declared some time ago that I’d only Referee over 65 games. My stance on running would not have gone down well today. There was a lot of it, especially off the ball. I think it was Black 2 Yellow 1 at half time.
I think many of us are happier playing in the cooler, more familiar weather that’s circulating around us now. The energy levels today seemed high. Pete Smith solid and consistent, Steve Hampson always lively and popping up everywhere. Another Steve – Foster marshalling his defence but also making forays forward. Mike Conroy , looking lean and mean in his black bib was ever moving and looking for the ball in menacing positions. for Yellow’s David Fielding was a dependable receiver of the ball and seldom wasteful in moving it on. Steve Wingrove, in terms of stature almost head and shoulders above everyone else often overlooked the simple ball to make mazy, weaving walks but when he did release quickly the ball was played with skill and created chances for his team mates.
White equalised with half of the second half to go. A good goal like all the others today.
As the minutes ticked away towards full time the energetic Lees was making headway in pushing Blacks forward. He and Hampson , backed up by Burrows and Foster gave it their all and a winning goal came late in the game. I think the scorer was Lees but I might be mistaken, so apologies if I’m wrong.
In the last seconds a deft flick from White almost evaded Partington and what would have been a hat trick, and arguably a justified equaliser on the balance of play but Yellow’s were denied.
Other noticeable absentees today were John Smith, Colin Fielding, Terry Bertenshaw and Mark Bradshaw who was looking after his school holiday club charges on the cycle track – (hope you found that key, Mark. )
Thanks to Dave Partington for collecting the money and Gordon Nixon for supervising the kit bag.
A few more names garnered for the fair play Wednesday league. Keep ’em coming please.
Alan Richards reports from The Nash on an unfamiliarly grey morning….13/8/18
Black 0 Yellow 2 (Foster, Smith P)
An unbalanced 7 v. 8 game had equilibrium restored today when Mark Bradshaw relieved David Fielding of his Yellow goalkeeping duties.
It had been All Blacks. But Yellows soon began to attack and after latching on to a good ball from White, Conroy’s shot brushed the crossbar.
Yellows took the lead after a fine goal from Steve Foster, the tall defender foraging forward fired a powerful shot past Nixon in the Black’s goal.
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In the second half the pace of the game was somewhat questionable but all seemed to enjoy the action as Referee Pearce let it flow.
Peter Smith scored a second for Yellows – ‘keeper Partington blaming himself for an ‘own goal’ but the dodgy goal panel (me) credited it to Peter.
Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing this game played out before an audience of three very attentive youngsters plus yours truly. Gratitude also to Mark Bradshaw for facilitating and for the after match brews.
- Tomorrow – something similar but different. Plus photograph’s, hopefully.
THE BRERETON BULLETIN…Trevor reports from the Nash August 10th. 2018
WALKING FOOTBALL COMING HOME….Alan Richards reports from The Nash 6/8/18
The ‘boys’ were back in town today , a good turnout of seventeen players plus mentor Mark who kept goal for the Yellow’s on the new surface which felt a little bit like the old one.
Both teams moved the ball quite well but instances of contact were slightly above the norm there was not much running for Garry Pearce to penalise – the team run count ended two apiece for runs, so thankfully no penalty kicks conceded.
An impressive debut for David Lees who is comparatively younger than most of us. He had a tendency to jog off the ball but looks an intelligent player, and could emerge as a good addition for the Over 50’s element. David Fielding, also making his first appearance at Curzon. In fact it was both of these players who figured on the scoresheet. Good goals too, to put the Yellow team in the driving seat.
Although it was a close game Yellow’s were worthy winners for the quality of their finishing. Bradshaw was seldom troubled too much as Blues forwards Taylor and Harrison struggled to conjure up clear chances and Trevor Brereton was unable to find enough space to get a shot off. Well defended Yellows, organised by Foster and Nixon at the back. Barry Smith released from goal in the second half made his presence felt but could not get the kind of chance he relishes. A good game from Pete Smith, who was possibly the best Blue on the pitch today. For Yellow’s it looked to me like Lees took those honours. Ed.
Yellows 2 (Lees, Fielding D.)
DAVID PARTINGTON’S BEEN ELECTED THE NASH WALKING FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2018Congratulations to David, and to all the nominees….
The full voting details are as follows. With 5% Alan Richards – 10% Stephen Hampson
25% joint second place were Rob Lake and Steve Foster. David himself enjoyed 35% of the vote from his peers. Here he sums up his feelings after he was presented with the award today (3.8.18)
“Thank you. There’s some very good players in our group and to win this trophy is a very special moment, I am sure those players who finished behind me will get there chance again. For me, I will enjoy the moment and think how lucky we all are to still be playing “
Here he is with his trophy at King Street.
The original Nash Amblers page has had 7,060 ‘visits’ in the last eighteen months. It has almost reached capacity so reports and photo’s from now may well be featured here on this second page.
Visitor Counter installed June 11th.
Ambler’s leaving Denton to the youth…..
August 3rd 2018 and Trevor Brereton files his final report from King Street – walking football at the Nash is going home
July 30th, Amblers at King St
Trevor Brereton reports on the PENULTIMATE DENTON SESSION FOR THE CURZON GROUP…
July 27th…the Amblers colonisation of King Street continues…Trevor Brereton’s latest bulletin…
An impressive turnout of 17 this morning, as 9 eager yellows, took on 8 defiant blues in the searing cauldron at Denton. Not even temperatures hotter than a Mumbai massage parlour (I’m told) were going deter the Amblers going all out to clinch victory for their respective teams. The first half was evenly balanced, with few chances going to either side. Woz Taylor was yellows main threat going forward, but blues Tipping, Lake and Gaskin were a sold defensive unit. Blues Harrison, Bemrose and Brereton had to cover a lot of ground to compensate for their lack of numbers. With no goals by half time, it was decided to leave the teams as they were for the second half. Yellows were gradually beginning to dominate possession as Blues dropped deeper. When called upon Blues keeper Partington comfortably dealt with Yellow attempts that were on target. Yellows keeper Keith Burrows had little to do as his defence of Foster, the Fielding brothers, and Nixon, nullified the blues attack.
July 21st. 2018 – and a walking football fun day organised by Garry Pearce attracted an eight man Amblers squad to Stalybridge Juniors soccer school facility for a twelve team tournament.
Playing in red, the team reached the semi-final stage only to lose on penalties to a team of much younger men half their age and more in many cases. No goals were conceded in open play, neither were the team ever beaten until the shoot out at the end. Highlights were a Trevor Brereton hat trick against a ladies team,Celtic Chicks and a simply stunning display of goalkeeping in the semi-final v. Inter Milager from veteran David Partington. Video is in the can but might take some time in emerging. A highlights package soon maybe. Longish job.
Below you can read Trevor Brereton’s account of the afternoon….
Following last years success the Nash Amblers entered a strong eight man squad for this years Walking Football Festival, at the Stalybridge Celtic Junior’s ground . The amblers were in group 1 of 2 with five other teams. , with the top 2 going through to the semi finals. Each game was 10 mins long, with the Amblers taking on Strolling FC in their first game. Stewart White and Gordon Nixon sat this one out, as the amblers started with a comfortable 2-0 win, with both goals coming courtesy of Terry Bertenshaw.
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Second up for Amblers were Real Sausage Ya Dad, who were a very decent outfit , and as with Strolling FC, they had an average of 30 ish. This game had few clear cut chances, and ended 0 -0, a fair result.
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Amblers third game was against “Mighty Spartans “, again their average age being well under 40. We had to defend well in this one, with Hadge Cooper and Gordon Nixon outstanding at the back.. It was quite a physical encounter , with few chances, as David Partington made one tremendous save, to keep another clean sheet, with the final score 0 0 .
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Next came a game against the ladies team “Celtic Chicks”. Though the ladies possessed a number of talented players, not least their goalkeeper, Amblers won 3-0, with a Brereton hat trick. As our final game loomed, it became apparent that we had to win in order to claim a semi final place. Their opponents were “Soccer School Coaches “, a mixture of under sixteen lads , and 30 ish men. The Amblers were on the back foot for most of the game, but the “Coaches” keeper made a great double save to deny Bertenshaw. With only a couple of minutes remaining, and a semi final spot slipping away, Stewart White broke the deadlock, with an emphatic finish, as the Amblers reached the semi’s with a 1-0 win.
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As we finished runner’s up in group 1 with 11 points, we played the winners of group 2, ” Inter Milager” for a place in the final. . The Amblers carved out a few half chances against a very accomplished, mobile and powerful team. “Inter” had to settle for long range efforts, with David Partington pulling off saves that the opposition players sportingly applauded, and spectators marvelled at. The resulting goalless draw lead to the dreaded penalties, 3 from each team. “Inter” had a top young keeper who saved amblers 3 penalties, with “Inters” pens being 1 illegal, 1 saved, and their third scored, giving them a place in the final.
– – – – – – All in all this was a very enjoyable experience, as once again our walking footballers, with a combined age, higher than the national debt, put in a tremendous performance, that belied. their years. Though playing against considerably younger men and ladies, they did themselves proud, with a semi final spot, and no goals conceded in 6 games. Thanks to Garry Pearce for entering our team Stewart White for organising our team, and Keith Burrows, and Alan Graham for refereeing.
NASH AMBLERS SQUAD
HAMPSON, FIELDING C, WHITE, COOPER, NIXON, BERTENSHAW, PARTINGTON, BRERETON
July 20th. 2018
Amblers at Denton, July 20th
A jovial sixteen Amblers stepped once more on to the hallowed 3g in tropical conditions. The first half was played using the three touch format, that seemed to suit the yellows, more than the blues. Brereton had two early attempts flash just wide, and a third well saved by Danny Tipping. Also yellows passing was sharper, with Conroy, Richards and, Harrison, dominant in the middle of the park.
The second half got underway with the teams playing the multi touch rules. Blues didn’t take long to equalise , as Stephen Hampson scored from the edge of the “D”. This seemed to rattle the yellows, leading to the great bearded one (Hampson) , scoring his second with a fine finish past John Gaskin.
Another Baker’s as Trevor Brereton reports from a sticky, steamy King Street….
King St, 16th July
At the start of the second half Cooper adorned a yellow bib to give them numerical advantage. Blues had a good early chance, when Brereton fed Conroy, who’s low shot went agonisingly wide. Blues were soon up against it , as yellows moved the ball from side to side, with Pete Smith supporting the yellows attack of Bemrose, White and Richards. Blues defenders, Foster, Colin Fielding, and his slightly better looking brother Dave Fielding in goal, were. being put under relentless pressure.
King St , Denton 13/7/18
From Russia with Love ? Samara never knows…THUNDERBALL Brereton’s
World Cup themed match report here:
Amblers at Denton , July 9th
A bumper turnout of 18 players this morning, played out a waistcoat-tastic, scintillating game , with quality displays from both sides. Yellows boasted the triple attacking threat of three lions, Taylor, White and Wingrove. It was evident early on that chances would be few and far between, as defences held the upper hand. Taylor and White were looking dangerous, as blues Partington, Dave Fielding , and Foster nullified their attacking threat. Blues Ward, Bemrose and Hampson were the creative hub of their team, giving Lake, Cooper and C Fielding a torrid time.
HT- Blues-0 – 0 -Yellows
Yellows started the second half well, dominating possession, with blues hanging on at times, as they came under extreme pressure. Taylor found himself one on one with blues keeper Barry Smith, but his firmly hit strike cannoned off the crossbar. Blues were very much on the back foot, as they struggled to play the ball out from the back. Yellows Wingrove went close close, finding space , and seeing his effort coming back off the bar. Blues defence eventually yielded to the pressure, as from a free kick, Wingrove fired low past Smith. Yellows defence looked comfortable, with their keeper Keith Burrows being well protected. With 10 mins remaining and Yellows looking to be heading for a comfortable victory, blues drew level. A swift counter attack saw Brereton pick the ball up in Yellows final third, his left foot dig was parried by Burrows, the ball rolled out of the “D”, Brereton followed up putting the ball between Burrows legs, his most vulnerable point. As both teams looked to snatch a victory, defences held firm, as it ended honours even. A fair amount of contact today, but little running ,as referee Garry Pearce handled the large numbers with a cool head. Another excellent game played in a good spirit, with everyone happy with the result.
Thanks Trevor let’s hope most of those players sign up for our fair play NON-CONTACT walking football league at Curzon from late September (more details on how and when over the coming weeks – Ed)
P.S. The voting process for the Nash Amblers Player of the Year will start on Friday. Please ask Al for a brown dinner money envelope and return it anonymously with a pound – (No semolina, tapioca or sago puddin’ – that’s a promise) 🙂 Ta!
Trevor Brereton reports from King Street 6th.July 2018
Amblers at Denton, July 6th
An impressive turnout of 13 amblers, along with guest goalkeeper Elliott, saw the Yellows take on the blues. Players voted unanimously for a traditional game of walking football, which was refereed by Yellow’s keeper Gordon Nixon. Blues keeper Elliott was called into action early on pulling off a terrific save from Brereton. Blues took the lead through Mike Caldwell, , who put the ball between Nixon’s legs from a tight angle. Blue’s increased their lead moments later, when the returning Terry Bertenshaw finished well with his left peg. Pete Smith brought the best out of Elliot with a tremendous drive. With Yellow’s two nil down at half time they had a mountain to climb. Possession was being shared, as Yellow’s Harrison, Bemrose and Jarvis looked to make inroads into the Blues defence. Blues Dave Fielding and Keith Yardley who improve with every game, were keeping the ball well, as Yellow’s toiled in the midday sun Tipping and Colin Fielding tried to rouse their team , as they struggled to trouble Blue’s defensive stalwarts Foster and Partington. Blue’s scored a third late on through Caldwell , who after excellent build up play, was left with an easy tap in. So a 3-0 win that slightly flattered Blues, and a spirited performance from the Yellow’s. A good game with only 4 runs penalised, played in a good spirit. Thanks to Dave Partington and Gordon Nixon.
Blues-3- (Caldwell 2), Bertenshaw
Video from today 2/7/18 – only one man wanted it. Posted here for all (a bit more enthusiasm would not go amiss) <first half footage>
July 2nd. 2018 and once again Trevor has the low down….
Amblers at Denton, July 2nd
June 29th. Trevor Brereton reports on another hot one at our temporary home….
Amblers at Denton….A healthy turnout of 15 amblers this morning , as the temperature soared, and at times the standard of play was even hotter. The 3 touch rule was used again, which was a good thing on such a warm morning. There was never any doubt that the teams were going for the win, as both teams looked to take the early initiative. Eight man yellows were awarded an early penalty, after an ingress into the “D”. Richards effort produced a comfortable save from Rob Lake.. Shortly after our VAR (very adept referee) Garry Pearce awarded yellows another penalty , after a second ingress into the “D”. Woz Taylor took this one, with Lake again making the save. Yellows took a deserved lead when a fine Taylor ball in from the right, was guided past Lake by Brereton. Yellows keeper Partington was able to top up his tan, as Tipping and Yardley easily dealt with the blues attack. Yellows increased their lead with a well struck Brereton shot, that went high into the left side of the goal. Further joy for yellows came when Seddon found space on the left, and beat Lake with a decisive finish.
Trevor Brereton reports on a hot Monday morning ….. here are the teams today. Ten hardy annuals..(alopogies for the badnana – Ed) – picture courtesy of Garry ‘Perennial‘ Pearce.
Blues- 2, (Brereton, Foster og)
22nd. June 2018….
today’s THREE TOUCH TRIAL WENT VERY WELL INDEED….A goalless draw produced some extremely attractive flowing walking football. NO penalty kicks for running and the art of the pass was definitely in evidence. So much so that we are thinking of trying a months worth of Three touch Friday’s. Make your opinions known please….this was an 8 v. 8 encounter with very evenly matched teams at King Street, our temporary home. Pics of Steve Foster and Pete Smith receiving their Spring League medals will follow later…thank you.
Match report: Very evenly balanced teams at King Street this morning. Messrs Richards and Pearce used their trusted scientific method of knowing the players strengths and strengths.
A few faces we’d not seen for a while. Terry Bertenshaw for one. Played very well as usual. Does he have any poor games?
What a game followed. No goals but lots of artistry on the ball from a group willing to try something new and buying into an ethos of passing, moving and passing. Few cul-de-sacs of dribble, just an effort to progress the ball in the right direction, and a team ethic. Heads up and looking for the out ball before the numbers stack up and freeze you in your tracks.
The weather incidentally, was glorious.
Shots early doors were wayward. Might be my imagination but fewer players were thinking ‘shoot on sight’. Conroy and White had efforts that went closest.
Keeper’s Nixon and Burrows were really ‘on it’ today as the scoreline suggests. Burrows lauching himself full length to tip a shot around the post, and standing strong to fingertip a drive over the bar. Bulwark Nixon majestically pulling a ball out of the air from a well hit White shot at head height. Both put full shifts in between the sticks. Both enthused over the three touch principle, especially Keith Burrows.
The first half ended with Richards wasting a glorious opportunity after a fine move saw Bertenshaw lay on a shooting chance.
Foster was a rock for Yellows. Proclaiming innocence after a couple contact decisions went against him, but he is one heck of a player to have on ones side. Danny Tipping, another ‘returner’ after absence played well in defence. Yet another returning holiday maker Pete Smith was solid and hit the ground walking.
In fact there were only THREE running offences two/one. As many (or as few) contact decisions. Superbly Refereed by Mr.Pearce. A special word for Pete Ward – always mobile and ready to receive a pass. He slowed down little this morning. We all did. Steve Hampson too adapting to the three touch so very well.
A game to dispel disillusion. A game to enjoy. For all of us I hope.
Three touch – it might be a part of the future.
Medals presentation plus Barry’s Golden Glove award…
Three touch trial / training exercise coming soon – nobody objected – some welcomed the prospect….
Amblers at Denton – continued….Trevor Brereton reports…
June 18th 2018
As the second half got underway, blues looked the more threatening, with White and Hampson showing their class, retaining the ball well, and finding Richards and Conroy
Denton 15th June (Amblers on tour)
Amblers at Denton …a temporary retreat…
June 11th – Trevor Brereton reports…