Friendly Fixtures

IN MAY WE ENTERTAIN THE ‘MILLERS’ OF ROTHERHAM. FIVE TEAMS IN TOTAL FOR A FIESTA OF FRIENDLY WALKING FOOTBALL * A TROPHY FOR THE MOST SPORTING TEAM * AS JUDGED BY OUR REFEREES

Really looking forward to the 23rd. May when we entertain the Mature Millers from Rotherham.  With an emphasis on pure walking football there’ll be a trophy for the team (five of them) with the fewest running and contact transgressions judged by our two F.A. Referees. Of course there will be a points winner and they will be recognised too. This ‘Gala’ or ‘festival’ day, call it what you will is a trans-pennine celebration of walking football and we hope the occasion will be a memorable one. Following the games – fifteen minutes duration each team plays the other once and the two with the most points (one for a draw three for a win – goal difference or penalties to decide if necessary) go on to play each other in  a ‘final’ – there will be a lunchtime  buffet following the matches. Full format to follow.  Our teams will be led by Messrs White (Amblers) Partington (Striders) and Nixon (Bees). Our goalkeepers are already named and know who they are.  It’s though other team members will be drawn by lot – we have sufficient names now. Watch this space in case anyone withdraws. – Thanks, Ed.

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We are now looking to put three teams out against our visitors from Rotherham on May 23rd. .  This will involve eighteen players. Striders in white, Amblers in blue  and Bees in yellow and black stripes. This follows dialogue with Chris of The Millers. Each team will play the other once and the two teams wIth the most points will play off.  We’re hoping for a festival atmosphere played in a friendly spirit between teams who play the game the way it was meant to played.

 

Manchester County F.A. Rules will apply and it’s hoped Badged M/cr Referees Garry Pearce and Alan Graham will  officiate in  these games.  King Street has been booked across a three hour period from ten thirty am.

All players are requested to pay £2 towards costs. We will cover visitor costs and provide a buffet afterwards in the Outbuilding/Classroom.

Names below have been gathered already but there is still room for you if you’re quick.

CONROY / BRODIE/ BEMROSE /BURROWS/ NIXON/ SMITH B (Goalkeeper) / O’TOOLE/ FOSTER*/ PARTINGTON (Goalkeeper) /RICHARDS/ JARVIS /TIPPING / WILLIAMS / FIELDING C/ /DIXON/LANCASHIRE/WHITE*/COOPER*/BRERETON / LAKE/WILSON/

WINGROVE (Goalkeeper)

FULLY SUBSCRIBED

 

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Denton Walking Football Group are pleased to confirm the visit of Rotherham United’s ‘Mature Millers’ walking football team to King Street on Wednesday May 23rd. at 11-00am.  Following an exchange on walkingfootball.com between yours truly and Christopher Baker the date has been agreed.

The Nash Bees

 

Tameside Striders ‘The Badgers’

 

 

 

It’s hoped the ‘Millers’ will bring enough players to field two teams against Tameside Striders and The Nash Bees who will be resurrected for the day. They usually field one forty something player with the rest of the side made up of sixty plus year olds. We may need to augment their numbers with one or two players of our own but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Both of our squads will need a maximum of seven players for 6v.6 matches and this  fixture is sure to be popular.  With  goalkeepers David Partington  (Bees) and Barry Smith (Striders)  stepping up to the plate it should be an enjoyable morning with both of our pitches in use. Garry Pearce has offered to Referee on one of them and we’ll be looking for a match official for the other. Exact format has yet to be decided but we will liaise with Christopher in the interim to decide . It’s hoped some of the games will be filmed if our visitors agree.

The ‘mature’ Millers

Among the ‘Millers’ ranks is WFA (Walking Football Assoc.) ‘Ambassador’ Tommy Charlton, but it’s not yet known if he will be amongst the visitors on the day. We will be offering our visitors customary King Street hospitality in the form of a post match buffet and a cup of tea or two.

More on our line ups as the date nears.

More on  ‘the Millers’ <here>

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MARCH 20th. 2018

Some first half video <click>

First half continued <here>

TWO TWO AT THE TURF…not the easiest report to write but…

…it was the turn of the Nash Amblers to sample the facilities at Burnley F.C. Community with only yours truly present from the Tameside Striders squad that beat our hosts last month.

The Amblers in red and Burnley WF in their traditional claret and blue.

The opening exchanges saw both teams struggle to find their passing game at  but both soon settled into an end to end routine which saw a couple of shots from forward players.

One such shot was parried by Burrows in the Amblers goal and ran out of the ‘D’ only to be met by Dave Stobbs who steered the ball past the ‘keeper to open the Claret’s account.
With Trevor Brereton entering the fray for the Amblers goal scoring hopes rose, but it was Burnley who doubled their lead with a superb drive from the halfway line from Brian Keith.

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Amblers were stung and set about working their way back into the match. Brereton went close, as did White. There was an increasing speed about the Amblers as they pressed forward , Burnley too were penalised for running.  Contact before the interval was low key, which made subsequent events puzzlingly perplexing.

Strangely , a whistle from the touchline troubled Referee Garry Pearce more than the play on the pitch at this stage, which was robust but fair for the most part.

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Stewart White grabbed a goal back for the visitors after a ricochet from Richards’ shin landed just right for him and he made no mistake. His second came a couple of minutes later, a superb drive that left Steve Emmett with no chance.
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The second half began in similar fashion. The noise level inside the arena seemed to increase. The physicality also increased as Stewart White was fouled quite badly twice in fairly quick succession and sent sprawling to the astroturf.  Out of character for the game so far.   The midfield was where this ‘friendly’ game was being contested now but as  Conroy eased forward on the left he was looking to pass to White when the Denton man collapsed to the floor holding his side, and claiming  an ‘elbow to his ribs’ .  Whatever occurred the ball was nowhere near. Referee Pearce saw nothing but White was immediately replaced and took no further part as, clearly in pain he retired to the changing rooms.

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For the second half of the second half Amblers were probably the better team with clear cut chances. Mike Conroy  almost scored but his ball hit the post and ran along the line before being retrieved by Emmett. Trevor Brereton had a similar slice of bad luck, also hitting the frame of the goal.

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We have played in competitive matches that were ‘friendlier’ than this game  became. The increased physicality in the second half seemed to mirror traditional football. That’s not what walking football is about. It needs a completely different approach and a different mindset to avoid injury, and provide a sensible game at slower tempo for older bodies.

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The rules are out there, albeit under three different codes (hopefully they will be consolidated and unified soon)  it’s the duty of all involved, organisers , team leaders and players to digest them, and play by them.  In friendly games especially, the score should  never matter as much as the way the game is played. For the most part this was a closely and fairly played encounter, but we now have an injured player who was not treated within the spirit of the game today.

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The fixture finished 2-2, with no further goals in the second half. It’s to be hoped that the next time we play at Burnley those rules will have been studied, and the non contact friendly game we experienced in February (and during the first half yesterday) is back on the agenda.

(Video of this match is incomplete but will be linked here soon. Ed.)

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Thanks to Garry Pearce for Refereeing, and to Sam Wilcock, and Burnley F.C. Community for facilitating the game. Some video will emerge in due course.
Burnley FC Community WF 2 (Stobbs, Brookes) The Nash Amblers 2 (White 2)

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CREDIT TO THE CLARETS AFTER A TOUGH INTRODUCTION TO NEW RULES….

Burnley Community WF Football 1 (West)
Tameside Striders 10 (Bertenshaw 6, Smith J 2, Richards, Nixon)

Video – (first third of the game) <here>

Middle section of match <watch> 

Final section of game can be seen <here>

Alan Richards reports….
Earlybird arrivals at Burnley the traffic had been very light and we (Terry, Barry,Tony and Yours truly) arrived in just 45 minutes from Denton. The famous old ground has changed a bit over the years – inevitably when it’s been so many of them since I last visited Turf Moor.
We were greeted by Sam Wilcock the Burnley Community man and our teammates soon arrived. The sun came out. A few photo’s were snapped. We took a look at the splendid indoor pitch , got into our kit, kicked a few balls around and had a Sam supervised warm up.
Denis Cudahy, Manchester County F.A. Walking Football Referee was the man in black.
The Burnley squad included a couple of women – the average ages of the squad was 61 for Burnley, and 64 for the Striders, for whom Steve Foster made his debut.

Denis Cudahy

Once we got underway it was clear both teams could move the ball well, and had the energy to create, and move into space. We used rolling Substitutes every eight minutes or so.

Bertenshaw on the imaginary bench to begin with.
A couple of good early saves from the Burnley ‘keeper Steve Emmett thwarted early Striders pressure. He got down to another fierce shot from

John Smith, parrying the ball out only for Richards to pounce and lash the ball into the net. The same scenario a minute later, where this time Smith himself profitted  from another parried shot on the edge of the ‘D’ to double Striders lead. Burnley were a little stirred but not shaken and tried to build from the back. Bertenshaw came on for Foster and struck a third goal in superb style almost immediately. The team coped well with regular  substitutions, players almost intuitively changing position to cover teammates as they went off the pitch for about eight minutes. Three nil up and in control Striders looked to be cruising…

Steve Emmett – heroics

..But Burnley struck back. A fierce shot from Dave West beat Barry Smith to give a better balance and a reward for their effort going forward. This was not one way traffic. Remember Burnley WF have not really played walking football in the accepted way to now fairly normal rules. The ‘D’ s were new to them as were touch line boundaries.
Possibly the best goal of the game came when Richards, taking a corner spotted Nixon fifteen  yards out and passed inch perfect to Nixon’s  left foot which swung a hammer blow to the ball which flew like a cruise missile into the Burnley net. Even Emmett had no chance with that one. You’ll seldom  see a better shot.

A strange , puzzling series of Burnley back passes followed . Not particularly under pressure they weren’t getting the ball forward for a while . As if the ‘keeper wasn’t busy enough performing heroics to keep his team in the game at this stage. Even Emmett couldn’t stop Bertenshaw adding two more ‘trademark Terry’ power strikes before half time.

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Adrian Jones, at the home of his heroes was revelling in early second half dominance, always busy on the right.  Bertenhaw almost struck immediately and fed Richards twice but his shots were mis-directed and a little lame.
Foster and Nixon were always solid at the back and John Smith, revelled in a pivotal role. With more goals from ‘Tigerish’ Terry and Smith adding another, you may have thought Burnley heads might have dropped but not at all. They kept going, playing some good walking football and Barry Smith had to fist a couple of shots over his bar. This Burnley squad was not totally representative of their group as a whole, which I understand  is about thirty strong and growing. I’m not surprised with such  a fantastic community resource.

Steve Emmett was again in the thick of it with a series of incredible stops from Bertenshaw who in the end lifted the ball over his body for another goal.
Still Burnley played walking football. Classic walking football with rarely any contact whatsover, if they were frustrated it didn’t show. I do not recall one running offence for Mr.Cudahy to penalise. Most of the stoppages were for over height balls.
The game finished ten – one to Striders. But this was not as one sided as it sounds and Burnley rode this steep learning curve very well. We wish them all the best in the forthcoming F.A. People’s Cup. I am sure we will return to Turf Moor – Sam and I have already discussed plans for a Friday tournament involving four teams – two from each of our groups, The Nash Amblers will visit next month. Walking football at its best and I’d be just as bullish if we’d lost – really.

Thanks again to Sam, Naomi, every one of of your players.  Especially Steve Emmett – enjoy your new dog 🙂 … Tony (cameraman) and Denis (Referee). There will be pics on our Flickr feed linked from here soon. Video will take a little longer.

Our friend Flickr – check out the ‘Away Day’ album <here> 20+ pics.

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Thanks to all involved . To the Burnley crew Sam and Naomi and all the staff who made us feel welcome. To Denis for Refereeing. Four of us ‘Bobbed’ back home by the scenic route to Rochdale and enjoyed a pint at ‘The Birches’ in Whitworth. We rejoiced at finally finding a pub that was open !
A great away day. A great ‘prestige’ friendly with first class, welcoming hosts at  avenue oozing football tradition everywhere you looked . This is what walking football is all about for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Jones and Gordon Nixon are travelling together. The Burnley Community media team are covering this fixture and we have permission to film. We need £2 from each player for Ref’s expenses. We’ll play in White and Black in true ‘Badgers’ style. Should be a  good day.We need to arrive no later than 11.00am please. Sam Wilcox will be waiting to greet us and ‘show us around’.

 

In March  (20th) The Nash Amblers are invited to play at the same venue but  more on that as and when appropriate.  If anyone’s attendance is in doubt could you please let me know a.s.a.p.

  David Partington will take the ‘Denton Thursday session’ on this day.

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Ten four good buddies we almost had us a CONROY !

(Why let the facts get in the way of a good headline eh Mike? )

Out there on the edge of the High Peak the walking footballers of Whaley Bridge have been playing their own game and having a ‘whale’ of a time. We were invited to go and play them with a view to introducing what has now become the norm in terms of rules and restrictions within the wider game. No over head height balls etc, and NO ingress into the ‘D’ area. The man to explain these major difference as well as instill the ‘no contact’ message was recently qualified F.A. Referee Garry Pearce. A man quickly earning respect from the players he officiates. That was certainly the case today.

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The pitch was about three quarters the size of King Street largest possibility. The preceeding night had been bitterly cold with a fierce frost and despite bright sunshine in the early afternoon it was still chilly and the snow on those hills to the east betrayed the fact that it’s winter still. There was a small patch of snow still lingering in one shaded part of the pitch.


Striders opened up well with a Penalty (for encroachment) from Bemrose and another strike from I think Trevor Brereton who ran riot here with a total of six goals! Stewart White was also on target twice.  Bemrose  bagged  a brace. It seemed we may race away with the game but the Corinthians soon got their act together and played some good football. Dangerous going forward they pulled a goal back. Our two goal lead was restored twice but Whaley Bridge were determined to keep in touch with us and responded with two more goals before half time when the score was 4 : 3 Striders.

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Trevor Brereton

The second half saw some more good passing from Striders. The goals began to stack up.  Shot followed shot  with  a good number on target, but Rob Lake who was commanding in the middle of the defence was the platform from which many of these attacks sprang from. The score opened out to ten three before Corinthians , who never gave up stuck another one in the net.

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So, it finished 10 – 4 to the visitors, but I feel that flattered us just a little. I think this game was a steep learning curve for Corinthians and they coped very well with it. There was much to adjust to. Not least the very small ‘D’ which did Goalkeepers few favours. Keith Burrows did well to keep Corinthians  down to four. They have some good players and will be challenging opponents if they enter more competitions.
Striders maintain their unbeaten record (W5- D1) in friendly games – I think this was the sixth or seventh. (A record shared by The Nash Amblers incidentally ). The ‘Badgers’ as they are also known with their retro black and white kit can be pleased with their day and those who move onto the GMWF Over 65’s league next week will have appreciated todays  run walk out.
Thanks to Garry Pearce and to Paul Ridgeway our host and his team. Also the site caretaker who kept the heating on for us! Travelling support came from Karen Bemrose and Nia Brodie. Special thanks to the latter for the photographs –

(there’s a regular job here if you want one Nia, doesn’t pay too well though. 🙂 Ed.)

post match mingle

More pics on our Flickr feed here  <Flickr>

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Changing facilities not yet confirmed for this game. If they are there may be a small charge per player of up to £2.

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AMBLERS ON THE ROAD…January 27th. 2018

FCUM Walking Football 1 (Morris) : 3 The Nash Amblers (White, 2 Smith B)

We’d been looking forward to our friendly game at FCUM for a few weeks.
High hopes were justified as our opponents were all Gentlemen, who play the game in the right manner. Broadhurst Park is a ‘nearly new’ stadium with community facilities on the 3g. All were busy as we arrived with enthusiastic youngsters playing their hearts out. Good to see.
Changing facilities were first class and thanks to Stewart White for the logistics in kit and transport today.

We opted to go for a longer pitch with more substantial goal posts. As the game kicked off there was rain in the air but mercifully it held off for the whole of the game, which began with the Amblers on top. Pressing forward shots either rattled the frame of the goal or brought the best out of FCUM’s goalkeeper., a younger agile man in defiant mood who had a splendid afternoon.
Stewart White opened the scoring for the Blues with a well taken goal that followed a flowing move of four or five passes. With their noses in front some defensive gaps opened up and as FCUM’s red shirted forwards went close to an equaliser only to be thwarted by Barry Smith in the Ambler’s net.
The Reds came into the game more and more but counter attacking Amblers always posed the greater threat. Disaster struck as Mke Conroy pulled up with a calf strain and could play no further part. With no substitutes we were a man down but saw the game to half time still one goal to the good. In truth, it could have been more.



H.T. 0:1
Gordon Nixon reported a recurrence of hamstring trouble and played the second half between the sticks. Barry Smith, newly liberated from his goal was a clear and present danger for FCUM as his brisk walks threatened and he found himself in one on one situations with the ‘keeper who continued his acrobatics. Barry got his just reward midway in the 30th minute when his shot billowed the net. FCUM were making the extra man count in midfield and the Amblers defensive discipline was tested. Brian Morris found space on the right and fired past Nixon to reduce the arrears. With the minutes running down what could have been an anxious time for Amblers was eased when White struck again to ease the Tameside team back into the comfort zone. A great effort and a deserved victory with just five fully fit men v. seven.

the post match mingle –

Well done to our opposition today, who were a pleasure to play against. Thanks to Brian Morris and all at FCUM  for their hospitality and friendly welcome. Players and staff , who made the day so worthwhile. Great thanks also to Garry Pearce for his excellent Refereeing which I’m sure all the players appreciated. A demanding job on that pitch today for a Ref who is determined to keep up with play. Very few ‘contact’ offences and I think even fewer for ‘running’. Splendid.


Caption? 

 

 

THE AMBLER’S SQUAD for FCUM  is  FULL – average age 63 – It’s tomorrow !!

Barry Smith , Mike Conroy ,  Gordon Nixon , Trevor Brereton, Terry Bertenshaw,

Stewart White and Alan Richards.

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This game has been re-arranged for Wednesday 7th. February at 2-00pm.

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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.
  • Full time supporters !

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.

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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>

and the second half of the first half  <here>

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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OLDHAM ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST  VISITED THE NASH AMBLERS ON MONDAY 2/10/17

Report soon

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TAMESIDE STRIDERS ARE BACK ON THE FRIENDLY TRAIL TOO…

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.

 

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