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

August 10th
In cooler more pleasant conditions 15 Amblers assembled for the first Friday session on the re-surfaced Curzon pitch.  Blacks team included the attacking threat of  the star of the BBC 2 quiz show Eggheads John Smith, making a welcome return after a long lay off. The yellow bibbed team had the better of the first half, hitting the post twice, as Blacks  held on. Blacks keeper Steve Foster also made fine saves, as his team were pushed back , largely due to Yellows use of their extra man. Midway through the first half Yellows Keith Yardley sadly had to leave the game due to a calf injury.  David Partington in the yellows goal was having a quiet game,  as his defence of Lake, Gaskin  and Pete Smith dealt comfortably with  Black attacks.  The second half was more equal, as Blacks moved the better and created more openings. Yellows always looked dangerous going forward, with Hampson bullish in midfield and Wingrove always looking to take on his man. Midway through the half Yellows took the lead with a shot from the right hand side of the “D” , as the impressive David Lees scored his second goal in two games. To their credit Blacks upped their game,  with Mike Conroy bringing a fingertip save onto the post  from Partington .In a dramatic finale to this most enjoyable of games with time running out Blacks drew level. A speculative Brereton effort from distance moved at the last moment,  as David Partington tried to catch the ball,  it went through his grasp and over the line. Blacks were forced to defend for the remaining minutes,  but held on for the draw. No referee to thank this morning,  only the players who played at a sensible pace throughout the game. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for the kit.
Blacks,- 1, ( Brereton )
Yellows – 1 ( Lees)
Editor’s note: Sorry to hear about Keith Yardley – (you probably won’t be playing for a while Keith if your calf has ‘gone’) it’s  another blow for the Amblers festival team means we may have to juggle players or even revert to five-a-side . Although a five man  Amblers line up would probably still be competitive versus the other teams, even  if they fielded six. Here’s hoping John Smith’s knee stood up to his return this morning (?).  Keith Burrows has signalled his availability  to play.
In other news Les Gillan has himself today pulled out of the Thursday team for Tuesday.   


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.

Dave Partington lifts his p.o.y. trophy aloft




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.

Blues 0
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.

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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 

Pic: Dave Behave
There were 16 Amblers present for  there final away day, before they return  to Curzon, to play on a sparkling,  shiny , super duper new pitch. The first half was quite equal, with Yellows keeper Nixon,  slightly busier than Blues keeper Rob Lake. David Partington refereed the first half, which was good humoured as always.
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At half time David was presented with the Curzon’s  PLAYER OF THE YEAR award , a very worthy winner.
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In the second half blues imposed themselves more on the game, with Stewart White chief play maker for them. Blues took a deserved lead through Pete Smith , a fine finish. Blues increased there lead when Terry Harrison slotted the ball past Keith Burrows. Blues defence remained solid as Yellows looked for a way back into the game. Mike Conroy was the pick of the Yellows forwards,  but couldn’t find a way past an array of Blues keepers. So 2-0 it finished,  with Blues good value for their victory. Thanks to Dave P and Gordon for refereeing..
Yellows- 0
Blues- 2, (Smith P, Harrison )
Editor’s note: Many thanks to Denton Youth for hosting out sessions, especially to Lee and Graham who have opened up on days they might not normally  be present. With one or two other small sums the surplus  money raised by these sessions had paid upfront  entry fees for the GMWF Over 60’s Autumn league (£130) to be recouped on  a monthly basis from players Sept – Dec. There remains a similar sum which will be kept to one side for any incidental expense we encounter in the weeks and months ahead. ~ Alan Richards



July 30th, Amblers at King St


The Amblers final Monday at Denton, produced a plethora a goals, interspersed with terrific WF from both teams. Six man yellows started the game with a man less than the blues,  but you wouldn’t have thought it. Yellows took an early lead, when a fierce Brereton effort was pushed onto the post by Barry Smith,  but then crossed the line. Yellows looked comfortable for most of the first half, but were stunned by two quickfire blues goals. First Pete Ward toe poked the ball past Steve Foster from the edge of the “D”, this was followed by an excellent finish from Dave Fielding. At the start of the  second half blues Gordon Nixon transferred to yellows for a shilling. Yellows started the half well, and were soon on level terms  when Hampson finished well, after a four man move. Partington playing outfield for yellows,  moved forward unchallenged,  and stroked the ball past Smith to put his team in front. It was mainly one way traffic now, as only keeper Smith and defenders Cooper and Lake prevented an avalanche of goals.
Partington replaced Foster in the yellows, and it was the tall defender who made the game safe for yellows with a cool finish. Late in the game referee Pearce donned a blue bid to help stem the tide of yellows attacks. Yellows had used the extra man to great effect,  as they ran out worthy winners. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 4, ( Brereton, Hampson,  Partington,  Foster )
Blues – 2, ( Ward, Fielding D )
Editors note: thanks to Colin Fielding and Gordon Nixon for money bib laundering !
Terry Harrison holds his sketch  of Hadge and Colin- brilliant

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.

Taylor – came closest to breaking the deadlock
The only real scoring attempt of the half came from a Taylor attempt from close range that came back off the inside of the post. And so it finished goalless,  a result that’s taking over from “Desmonds” as the most common result.  Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing this mornings game.
Blues- 0

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.

    Celtic Chicks
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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.




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.

Terry Harrison spot kick
Mike Conroy – on the mark
Of course it’s more difficult to create clear cut chances when playing 3 touch, and yellows had to rely on a penalty (3 runs), to reward their dominance. The ever reliable Mike Conroy despatched the pen comfortably into the left hand corner.
Half-time: Yellows 1- 0 – Blues

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.

John Gaskin
At this point blues defence of Tipping, Yardley,  and David Fielding,  looked very comfortable. Blues must have been thinking that victory in sight,  when a third blues run, lead to a yellows penalty.  This time Terry Harrison did the honours,  firing low to David Partington’s right hand side, to bring parity again. Yellows shored up their defence for the last ten minutes,  to ensure  they got a deserved draw. Another enjoyable  game played in a good spirit,  finishing in a Friday “Desmond”, 2 -2. Thanks to referee  Garry Pearce.
Steve Hampson – bagged a brace
Yellows-2- ( Conroy pen,  Harrison pen)
Blues- 2- ( Hampson 2)
Thanks to John Gaskin for gifting some football related gear today – balls, shirts
old trophies and the like. I’m still  sorting it out John but some of it is useful indeed – cheers. Ed.


Another Baker’s as Trevor Brereton reports from  a sticky, steamy King Street….

King St, 16th July

Amblers on the road again.
A bakers dozen for this mornings game, had all the ingredients for a stirring encounter,  as the blues sought to rise above their yellow opponents. Blues played the first half with the extra man, and carved  out some early half chances. Yellows with Partington playing in defence and refereeing, were having to work hard as blues effectively utilised their man advantage. Nullifying the threat of  Stephen Hampson, can feel like trying to pin down a kangaroo on a trampoline, as Partington found out midway through the first half. With Hampson through on goal  Partington impeded Hampson,  leading to a blues penalty.   Hadge  Cooper  took the spot kick,  which beat keeper Rob Lake, but hit the foot of the post.  That was the best chance of a tight   first half, which six man yellows must have been happy with.
Half time: Blues 0 –  0- Yellows

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.

Hampson : Ferret fast but legal !
Hampson was covering ground like a Nagasaki racing ferret, in a bid to stem the tide of yellows attacks. Yellows playmaker  White had a golden opportunity to score late on , but couldn’t make a clean contact,  with his weaker left foot. Blues held out for a draw, in what was a happy ending for both teams. Thanks to player/referee  Dave Partington.
Blues -0
(I think all Amblers agree we’re missing home and missing our Curzon man Mark – Ed) In other news P.o.Y voting is underway ! Ask for your ballot slip if you want one.
Pic below: Trevor Brereton


King St , Denton  13/7/18

Ambler’s still on the road……….
…Fortunately the rain abated,  as sixteen amblers  strode purposefully onto the King Street pitch on this Friday 13th. Blues started well, with slick passing, and clever movement,  testing the yellows defence. Blues took an early when Bertenshaw squared the ball  to Brereton near the yellows “D”,  and Brereton slotted the ball past Keith Burrows. Blues defence were coping admirably with the attacking prowess of Taylor,  Wingrove and White. Yellows nearly equalised when a stunning Taylor strike hit the underside of the blues crossbar.. Midway through the first half yellows were award a penalty  (3 runs). Taylors confident low strike was brilliantly saved by Partington,  as he was on it like a tramp on a kipper.. (new one on me that 🙂 – Ed.)
Half time
Yellows started the second half well, stroking the ball around , with Hampson and Yardley  winning the midfield battle. Blues defenders Lake and Nixon came under pressure, as Wingrove turned on the style twisting and turning in his inimitable way. Against the run of play blues increased their lead , when they were awarded a penalty  (3 runs). Blues star striker Bertenshaw  making no mistake from the spot.. Blues scored a stunning third through an unlikely  source. As blues defender Colin Fielding strode menacingly forward, his mere presence brought about  a palpable sense of fear in the yellows defence. Having made an incisive walk down the right Colin’s love child Dave Fielding crossed the ball, with Colin meeting the ball  full on the volley , and giving  Burrows no chance in the yellows goal. Definitely one of blues best goals from open play this morning. Yellows had  put in a terrific second half performance,  and we’re rewarded with a tremendous left foot Woz  Taylor  strike, with the last kick of the game. Some excellent play from both teams this morning,  with the result flattering  the blues. An average amount of running and contact in this one. Thanks to referee Alan Richards.
Blues-3- (Brereton,  Bertenshaw,  Fielding C )
Yellows -1- (  Taylor



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.

Blues-1-(Brereton )

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
Yellows- 0


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

No need for the “big coat” this morning as a bakers dozen turned out in the baking heat.  Alan (Tarantino) Richards stood this one out, opting to film the game, which no doubt will be coming to a device near you soon. Yellows had a man advantage in the first half, and put together some classy moves, with White pulling the strings, as Wingrove and Bemrose threatened early on.  Midway through the first half White lost his marker, and fired in a shot on David Partington’s goal..David saved the powerful drive well, parrying the ball down, only to see it spin back over the goal line. Blues had a decent share of possession,  and tested Nixon in the yellows goal, a couple of times. As half time loomed, with the blues about to benefit from the extra man ,both teams could be reasonably satisfied with their performance.
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After a refreshing drink of warm water, Steve Wingrove joined the blues, as they looked to dominate the second half. With Rob Lake in the yellows goal,  his team were soon under pressure as blues utilised  numerical advantage,  with Foster , Fielding and Pete Smith supporting the blues attack. Chances were being created, with Brereton and Wingrove testing Lake, and Rob showing great agility for a big man. Blues Hampson was pivotal , as blues looked for an equaliser. Both teams were on ( two runs), as commendably the players avoided conceding a penalty, just. In the closing minutes blues piled the pressure on, but were guilty of poor finishing,  as the resolute yellows defence held firm. Another close one, with  a “squeaky bum time” finish to the game. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.
Yellows-1, (White )
Blues- 0

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.

Yellows 3- 0- Blues
With the game , and the scoreline looking imbalanced,  David Partington defected to the blue’s goal, giving them the man advantage. It  didn’t take long for the blue’s to capitalise,  as Steve  Wingrove walloped the ball past Tipping from close range, good finish. Shortly after blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs). Wingrove’s penalty was fired well wide as yellows breathed a sigh of relief. Blues were edging possession,  but yellows worked tirelessly to close them down, and at times being over zealous in their desire to win the ball.  Blues keeper Partington hardly needed to move from his deck chair , as Lake, Pete Smith and Fielding  kept the yellows at bay.. Blues Caldwell worked tirelessly up front, as did blue’s midfield general Stephen Hampson. Another enjoyable game , well refereed by Garry Pearce.
Yellows-3, (Brereton 2), Seddon
Blues-1- Wingrove
Pic: Garry Pearce
Editor’s note: I think in any ‘fair play league’ scenario the sanction for three team runs could be deduction of one point from the ten awarded at the start???  Too many penalty kicks are spurned for them to be a sufficient deterrent – have your say on ‘Contact Us’ from the menu.


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.

Denton, Amblers on the road, June 25th
 A meagre ten Amblers at Denton this morning,  no doubt due to holidays ,injuries,  and life rearing its head. Still  sufficient for an enjoyable encounter, that produced goals, good passing, and a thrilling finish. Yellows made the early walking,  and went ahead when Pete Jarvis found space and slotted past Barry Smith. Yellows were passing the ball well in this five v five as the blues defence was at sixes and sevens .In a rare good move Brereton found himself one on one with Partington,  and beat the keeper with a shot going in off the underside of the bar. Yellows replied almost immediately,  when dangerman Jarvis got in behind the blues defence, and beat Smith from close range. Stephen Hampson  was an integral part of the blues team, and was unlucky with a low shot that beat Partington,  but hit the foot of the post. Only fine goalkeeping from Smith prevented Yellows from being out of sight in the first half.
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Early in the second half yellows continued their passing  masterclass ,  Fielding, Foster and Ward, leaving the blues chasing shadows . Blues needed to improve, and this they did, Richards moving  up a gear, Hampson finding space, and Cooper more of a threat going forward.  Brereton had been knocking on the yellows door with two efforts that went narrowly wide, and with five minutes remaining his persistence paid off. A speculative effort from Brereton hit Fosters upper body and looped into the yellows goal . Referee Pearce turned way appeals from the yellows to go to “VAR”, as he rightly decided that the ball hadn’t gone over head height when deflecting off 5 ft 6 defender Foster’s torso.☺. With no further efforts on goal, it was the first “Desmond ” for a while. Very little running or contact  this morning. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.
Yellows- 2, ( Jarvis 2)

Blues- 2, (Brereton,  Foster og)

Editors note: Get your nominations in for ‘Player of the Year’ 2017/18 soon please


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…

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Three touch trial / training exercise coming soon – nobody objected – some welcomed the prospect….

Amblers at Denton – continued….Trevor Brereton reports…

June 18th 2018

Another uneven turnout this morning (13), but as often happens numerical advantage, counted for nothing. Yellows had the extra man, and a team including Fridays hat -trick hero Mike Caldwell, and his buddy Hadge Cooper, returning after three months out, due to injury. After an even start to the game, blues took the lead through Mike Conroy. Mike made a surging walk into space, and fired an excellent low drive past Keith Burrows. Yellows came back strongly, and were unlucky when a low shot from Brereton hit Partington’s right hand post. Blues had the upper hand for the remainder of the half, without really testing the yellows keeper.
Blues- 1

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

Mike Conroy on target today
in dangerous positions. At times it looked like the blues had the extra man, such was the quality of their passing and movement. Yellows best chance of the second half came when Caldwell cut the ball back from the left side of the “D”, with Partington on the deck, Ward fired over bar , with the goal at his mercy . As yellows pushed forward looking for a late equaliser, Fielding was steadfast, in seeing his team through to a deserved victory. Thanks to Garry Pearce who had a relatively quiet game, which says a lot for the conduct of the players..
Blues- 1- (CONROY)
Yellows- 0


Denton 15th June (Amblers on tour)

After much anticipation and excitement , the greatest football spectacle,  came to King St, as the eyes of the world were probably averted. Yellows had the numerical advantage (8) , but blues had a well balanced team. There was little to choose between the teams early on,  as both defences looked comfortable. Blues went in front when Mike Caldwell cut a swathe through the yellows defence,  and finished well with a low drive. Yellows Steve Wingrove  was lively , and brought a good one handed save from David Partington. Yellows Conroy and Ward were finding space, but blues Foster and Nixon were providing effective cover.
Half-time – Blues 1   – –  Yellows-0
Blues were under pressure early in the second half, as yellows tried to make the extra man count. When blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs), Nixon) was first to grab the ball. Nixons kick was parried by Dave Fielding , but Gordon followed up, and finished well.  Blues were passing the ball well, with Bemrose, Hampson and Brereton opening up the yellows defence at will. Blues put the game beyond any doubt,  when Caldwell grabbed his second from an acute angle. Yellows persevered, Richards encouraging his troops, to reduce the deficit,  as blues played on the counter attack. Man of the match Caldwell completed a fine hat trick , after a Brazil like sweeping move , culminating  with a stylish finish from the outside of Mikes right foot. Cruel luck on yellows, who played well, and had their share of possession,  but couldn’t find a cutting edge in the final third.  After so few goals in these games, and few emphatic wins, this was very much against the norm. Anyway, “Moscow”. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing this mornings game.
Blues- 4, (CALDWELL 3) , NIXON PEN
(Another splendid report from Trevor – Ed.)

Amblers at Denton …a temporary retreat…

June 11th – Trevor Brereton reports…

An improved turnout on recent games  (7 v 7), saw a competitive,  and relatively fast paced thriller of a match. Blues defence was under early pressure,  as Caldwell looked dangerous. Blue’s defence of Partington,  Burrows, Fielding,  and Foster, couldn’t prevent Stewart White finding space and hitting a post. Blue’s attack of Taylor , Wingrove and Conroy were also finding space, but the in form Lake’s positional sense, and keeper Gordon Nixon’s agility kept the blues at bay.
Half-time – 0-0
End to end,  expansive sexy football  (oooer missus , Ed.) was the order of the day, as both teams strained every sinew, looking to get the upper hand. Blues man Woz Taylor  was having a fine game, and put his team one up midway through the half.  Taylor  turned his man, and from an angle, fired a ferocious left foot shot past Nixon, for what I think was his first goal with our group.  There followed two penalties,  both saved, Blue’s David Partington saved Caldwell’s spot kick,  moments later, Nixon saved Conroy’s flamingo style penalty. Yellow’s pushed for a late equaliser, with Richards, and Hampson industrious to the last.  The closest they came was a low Brereton effort that was heading for the corner, but Partington managed to deflect it around the post.
So another low scoring, but entertaining encounter,  with one goal enough for the Blue’s. Thanks to Alan Graham for refereeing.
Blues -1- (Taylor)
Yellows- 0