Friendly Fixtures










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23rd.November 2017


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Roach Dynamo 2 (Maude, Tarpey) Tameside Striders 3  (Brodie, Bertenshaw, Brereton)

Striders took  a squad of eight to Heywood Sports Village to play Roach Dynamo on their own astroturf.  It was a wet afternoon and although the rain held off for a while the surface was very slick, and slippery.  We played some good football, as did our hosts. resplendent in their Orange and Black strip.  The Badgers black and white suited floodlights though and we were a little more visible. Alan Brodie put us in front in just the second minute. Dynamo equalised halfway through the first half. I think it was all square at the break.

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    Roach Dynamo
  • The squad was rotated throughout the fifty minute game to give everyone more or less equal time on the pitch. Terry Bertenshaw and  Trevor Brereton added a goal apiece early in the second half, with Stewart White and Joe Bemrose also going close. The Dynamo ‘keeper Garry Sweeney had a  busy night and pulled off several fine saves. In our goal ‘Badger’ Burrows had a slightly quieter evening but was solid all night and made some really good reflex saves. Dynamo- only formed a few months ago played some good stuff, and  were dangerous all night. They reduced the deficit to the odd goal in five with ten minutes to go,but by the end we were pinning them back and again their ‘keeper kept the scoreline tight. Striders played well too tonight.
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    Badgers – out after dark
  • With the astute and aware Colin Fielding our only naturally defensive player on duty ,  everyone put a shift in to cover the gaps and track back. Joe Bemrose especially, early doors performing well in  a disciplined role at the rear. Alan Richards playing in an unusual left back role thwarted a couple of Dynamo moves with timely interventions & back passes to Burrows.  Alan Brodie relished his game time tonight and contributed well to the overall performance, his opener put Dynamo on the back foot for a while.
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With White, Bemrose, Bertenshaw and Brereton in the same team any goalkeeper will have a busy night. So it proved to be for Sweeney, especially as the final whistle neared. It was a pleasure to play the Dynamo, especially under those lights where both teams looked the part and entertained those watching with  a good game of largely walking football!  We must do it again…..

Striders: Burrows Fielding Richards

Bemrose Bertenshaw Brereton White Brodie

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  • Roach Dynamo have confirmed Tameside Striders will visit Heywood Sports Village on Thursday 23rd. November for an evening friendly game under floodlights. 5-00pm kick off.

We will play in our white shirts , black shorts, black and white socks. The squad will be eight strong for this six-a-side game with rolling substitutes everyone should get meaningful time on the pitch. Keith Burrows / Colin Fielding / Alan Brodie / Joe Bemrose / Trevor Brereton/ Stewart White/ Terry Bertenshaw / Alan Richards.  All players will need to pay £1.00 towards facilities (one pound). Alan Graham intimated he may be willing to Referee this game, I told Chris a Referee was essential – they don’t use Ref’s.  Average age of our squad is approximately 63 years, Perhaps a little older than theirs but not much. Watch this space for more details as the date approaches.

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Tameside Striders will play Whaley Bridge Corinthians at their ground on Wednesday 13th December.   Some may recall we took part in a festival there in Summer 2016 – great facilities I remember. WFA Rules and we will take a Referee.  Six-a-side walking football and we will need a squad of eight for this 2-00pm kick-off. We will play in our traditional white shirts for this fixture as the Corinthians play in black. More details as the date approaches.  If you don’t normally feature for Striders but want to play in this one let me know at one of the upcoming sessions. We currently are halfway towards a squad of eight.  Striders are very grateful to Garry Pearce, who  has kindly offered to Referee  this game.


Our most recent friendly was v. Weston Super Mare on 12th. September – we have video….

these video clips are necessarily bite size to suit the restrictions of the host site. Also there is much background noise not noticeable at the time plus some bloke attempting to do  John Motson’s job.

Maybe mute the sound if you wish for a more soothing experience – thank you. 🙂

Early doors video <First seven minutes>

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The second half kicks-off and Weston begin brightly <restart>

Deeper into the second half now and the Amblers begin to build upon their lead <click>

A pleasure to meet, and to play our visitors from Weston super Mare at The Nash today. The guests took the field resplendent in black/white halves – no Badger’s these but SEAGULLS, complete with hashtag!…and classy gold lettering. Their ‘parent’ club play in the Vanarama National League South  (Curzon, of course play in the Northern section of the League).

Amblers set about their business well and dominated the first half. With Bertenshaw and Brereton combining  well , urged on by Carter, Tipping and Burrows the west country team knew they had a game on their hands.

Two thirds of the crowd – all seated. Sorry I missed your companion

The goals started to rack up and at half time it was four nil. Wholesale substitutions brought a better second half from Weston and they threatened early doors.  A goal or two at this stage would have put a different complexion on the game but the Ambler’s defence , which now included Gordon Nixon, held firm.  Nixon – late for kick off due to unavoidable traffic delays,   was a  half time substitute for Keith Burrows, who had an excellent first half and was only ‘subbed’ for game sharing purposes.

The home side pressed on looking for more goals and both Brereton and Bertenshaw completed fine hat- tricks in the second half. Barry Smith in goal for the Blues handled his workload with extreme competence.  The Weston keeper’s both acquitted themselves well too, despite the scoreline. A busy afternoon for both of them but they kept the score down with the help of some willing legs in defence. Well done

Amblers minus Gordon Nixon – late arrival, stuck in traffic.After the game we retired to the Snack Bar to entertain the Weston team and some of their Ladies with tea and quite comprehensive range of unbroken biscuits.  Much chat and light hearted pleasantries – it was that kind of afternoon all round really.  Some more still photo’s on our Flickr feed soon and the video as and when.  Watch the news page and this one for links. The remaining biscuits will be offered at the next couple of sessions.



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Alan of Barnsley Pals has been contacted with  a view to arranging a return fixture following our memorable day across the Pennines in March. We await further word from Alan of the Pals.