Note: this is an internal page where we talk about our own groups teams and their showing in the league…opinions will be subjective and are not necessarily the view of the league’s hosts and organisers. Others are welcome to view but bring a healthily sized pinch of salt.
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Meanwhile here’s my two ‘penneth.
For anyone interested I thought I’d construct a few thoughts of my own on the way the first two FPL sessions have gone for teams from our group. I prefer to refer to it with the acronym, as it’s less long winded and I think we all recognise the fair play ethos we subscribed to at the time of asking.
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It’s good to see the Nash Bees going so well, both winning games wise and picking up fair play points as they progress. A particularly good win over Bolton Arena I hear, which may have been helped by a goalkeeping error or two. Earlier in the the ‘Clash of the Nash’ the Amblers prevailed by three goals to nil , thanks to a John Smith hat-trick. The second of the day with Stuart Greaves firing a three goal salvo against Striders in their first match.
The ‘Badgers’ had two defeats to put behind them after Burnley triumphed by two goals to one. Maybe more practice of the three touch format would help Tameside find our Stride.
With goal scorers like Wingrove and Hampson in the team their breaks will come and it only takes a couple of wins to paint a very different picture. With ‘brisk’ players like those two mentioned and defender Rob Lake plus Alan Brodie in the team they are doing very well to hold onto their FP points and slowly build them up so let’s accentuate the positive.
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Denton Wednesday picked up a couple of fair play points and one highly creditable goalless draw with Nash Bees registered their only game won point of the day. Again a mixed ability group driven on to improvement by Captain Steve Foster. They were forced to draft in newcomers to the competitive game . Jim Pelling and Eric Thomas. It could not have helped Wednesday’s cause when Ernie Greenwood withdrew just before the day, and they lost their pot one striker Terry Harrison.
Steve Marshall, who attracted a three point FP deduction last time with his running also pulled out at very short notice. This left the management team of Stafford and Wilson with problems for a moment or two but they were never heavily defeated and only conceded three goals in an hours walking football. The team are gradually clawing back that three point fair play penalty and are popular opponents. Which in the context of this league is a good thing.
There was some early confusion around the table that was initially drawn up but Stewart, Trevor and John have all helped out. In future the statistics will be triple checked and I must remember there’s NO RUSH to get them online.
Feedback from the other teams has been very positive. Please check out the interviews etc. on the new dedicated website at http://www.curzonfairplayleaguewalking.football
I have lots of video to sort and sift and new software to install when I can get to World to buy it. For now my options are limited because the editing suite that’s served us so well has developed gremlins !
Last months news…
For Amblers Keith Yardley may well be fit to play next week. Russell Martin has had to withdraw. Tony Berry is standing by as a loan replacement for the Nash. Pete Smith is another Amblers casualty.
We await word from Stewart White as to whether he will be fit in time. All of the boys in blue will be hoping so.
Denton Wednesday have lost one player from last month. Pot one Terry Harrison, but have drafted in Joe Bemrose and Eric Thomas. Brian Stafford came through a game today and should be fit. Ken Dean is unavailable once more.
For Tameside Striders David Partington returns to co-manage and Laurie O’Toole is available this month. He may have to be loaned out if other squads are struggling but hopefully this won’t be the case. Peter Dixon looked back to something like full fitness on Tuesday. David Moore remains a non-starter with back trouble.
Nash Bees see the return of another co-manager in the shape of Colin Fielding, who scored at Heywood today (18/10/18). This can only strengthen the side, who currently sit atop the table. Graham Oakley remains a Bee absentee.
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WEDNESDAY’s DAY – from co-manager David Wilson….
Despite a great goal by Steve Foster, our Captain we lost the first game two-one to Nash Bees. We were still getting to know each other but the Bees were the better team overall.
Against Burnley our next opponents, we saw a lot of running on and off the ball. We had a goal disallowed when an advantage could have been applied. Ironically, WE incurred a blue card here near the end, although the loss of three fair play points was tempered by salvaging two of them back again in the next two games.
Our best performance probably came against the Nash Amblers, when we did really well and emerged with a nil-nil draw.
Another solid display came in our final game when we lost to Vintage Celtic but only by the odd goal. We were definitely improving but by now we had no substitutes. One of our ‘pot one’ players had disappeared in a taxi after our second match, and Brian Stafford was injured. Along with my managerial colleague Brian, I’m already looking for reinforcements who can commit fully to the cause next time out.
(*from a text message by Dave Wilson – edited by Alan Richards*)
STRIDERS player/Manager talks ‘damage limitation’….Alan Richards writes..
With just seven Striders in their black and white stripes, an injured goalkeeper and two absentees from the squad I told the team that this morning was about ‘damage limitation’.
Stressing the need not to give away any of our fair play points we actually enhanced our total to 102. Commendable self-restraint from four comparatively rapid players on the pitch. A win at the finish lifted the total to 105. Creditable in the circumstances.
Our first game saw us take on Bolton Arena’s men on pitch three. We were under pressure from the off with this game with one or two exuberant challenges which the team withstood, but the quickening pace of Bolton was on the cusp of running much of the time. Defenders Pete Quinn and Alan Brodie had their hands full but Rob Lake was a strong pivot. Steve Hampson, played deeper than I’d have liked and Dixon was busy as we rode our luck. The frame of the goal was rattled (more than once I think) but eventually the Bolton pressure told and we went behind.
Always tough to come back this one was no exception. We lost a little defensive stability too as people seemed to wander out of position. Bolton are an energetic side who move the ball well, they’ll be a difficult test for all opponents over the months to come.
Familiar faces next as we took on the Nash Bees under Alan Graham’s watchful eye. Bees were good, and new man Lloyd was a handful up front for them. I thought David Wenham played out of his skin in this match. When Pot One’s ebullient Adrian Jones came on it helped turn the tide. Striders had chances but with strong performance from Nixon in defence the Bees pushed forward and we were stung by Lloyd who squeezed one in past the valiant Dixon.
We wound up the opening day with a fixture versus the Nash Amblers. With John Smith and Stewart White in the side, and a relatively youthful goalkeeper in David Lees this looked another stern test. And so it proved. Perseverance was paying off though and we gave almost as good as we got. Amblers huffed and puffed but clear chances were hard to find (for both sides).
We got our noses in front with a breakaway via Steve Hampson playing in a more advanced role now, Steve beat Lees with a low shot. Holding on a little as the end neared this was a welcome win against a mixed ability Amblers team – as all four of our entrants in this competition are.
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- Thanks to Skipper Steve Wingrove for all out effort and leadership on the pitch. All players acquitted themselves well. Rob the rock in defence, supported by the nimble Hampson and hard worker Brodie. Pete Quinn in his first experience of walking football competition coped well with the increasing demands on his game. Peter Dixon was more than competent in goal but I hope he’s fit enough to play up front next time out !
Nash Bees opening day in the Fair Play League..
Player/Manager and skipper Gordon Nixon reports –
Injuries and absences have played minor havoc with our squads but we should be okay. John Gaskin may be loaned to Tameside Striders from the Nash Bees. Thanks to John for his understanding in this. For one month only David Grimbaldeston will join up with The Nash Amblers. Peter Dixon will keep goal for the Striders – even though he is nursing an injured thigh muscle.
We’re under starters orders and will soon be ‘off’ ! Let’s make it a success and something we can look forward to every month – an interesting diversion from our normal internal sessions and a little lighter, slightly less intense competition for those who also play at Heywood.
Note: Rob Lake is a late addition to Striders squad above: Laurie O’Toole and David Partington are unavailable.
Colin Fielding is unavailable for up to half of the Bees fixtures:
Note: David Carter is a late addition to the Wednesday squad above