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…