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The rain held off – for the most part anyway. NEVER TRUST WEATHER FORECASTERS.
It was great to see five teams fully intact with everyone where they should have been at the right time. At 10-10am. it almost looked liked some planning had gone into this !
I was tearing my hair out from 8 o’clock, because I could not lay my hands on the banner I recently bought which was supposed to be the frontispiece for the tournament. Bugger! It’s not as though it’s tiny and easy to lose! But I digress…what happened on those pitches?
Rovers beat the Wanderers in their first game with two goals from the effervescent Stewart White. On the other pitch Albion and Rangers drew one apiece. With just one penalty converted, Rangers edged it.
The Nash Amblers first game saw them cruise past Wanderers two-nil. Cuthbert and Bertenshaw the scorers.
An Adrian Jones goal saw Albion in yellow edge out Rovers in their red and black , with Nixon managing to keep out a shot from Richards and White going close on occasion the Albion looked the more mobile and creative and deserved to win the game.
Next up for white shirted Wanderer’s was a tough test versus Albion on Pitch 1. Jones was again on target for Albion but Grimbaldeston pulled one back for the White’s from the penalty spot. Wanderer’s played some nice football. Time ticked by and it looked like a shoot out would beckon but Wingrove – as he so often does – popped up with a late goal to see Albion through.
Meanwhile The Nash Amblers and Rangers were battling it out on Pitch 2. Nil – nil at the end but The Amblers won an exciting shoot-out by three penalties to two.
We were running only a few minutes late as Albion kicked off in their final test of the morning. A tough one it was too against The Nash Amblers – rapidly becoming favourites. A Bertenshaw hat-trick put paid to Albion’s hopes of making the final. Jarvis managed one in reply but the Ambler’s ascendancy continued with a fine win.
Rovers were now playing Rangers on Pitch one. Richards, a substitute for John Williams had to come off after five minutes with a thigh injury and played no further part. This was a close game. Cooper and Gibbons holding back the dark green tide of Rangers attacking threats of Quinn and Bemrose.
Barry Smith performed a couple of near miraculous saves. Danger man Brereton put Rangers in the lead but , Stewart White playing a Captain’s innings today equalised for the Rovers with a brilliantly taken goal.
And so to the final round of games. With Albion’s shirts now safely back in the bag along with their six point tally their players took to spectating as the rain began to fall.
Rovers – up against the all-conquering Nash Amblers with no available substitute. A gallant display saw them take the lead once more through White who was looking a good bet for the ‘Golden Boot’ at one stage. Bertenshaw equalised but the gallant Rovers defence held the Amblers at bay until full time. A truly valiant effort. The penalty shoot out went Amblers way by the odd goal in three. Rovers day done, they could hold their heads high, though they only garnered three points in total.
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The Final game put a whole new complexion on matters as Rangers walloped the Wanderer’s by eleven goals to one! SIX from Trevor Brereton, four from David Quinn and another from Joe Bemrose saw them storm into the final with Wanderer’s languishing somewhat on the end of four defeats. Wanderers did manage a consolation goal though through Keith Oldham.
The skies were slate grey by now and constant drizzle was falling as the Finalists gathered on Pitch One under the watchful eye of main tournament Referee Alan Graham.
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It was a predictably close game. With Keith Burrows offering vocal encouragement to his Rangers team and Garry Pearce insistent on maximum effort from his players both teams went at it tooth and nail although there was little contact. The game was fast though, and controversially Trevor Brereton broke through to open the scoring for Rangers. Video analysis may show the Referee gave him the benefit of the doubt after he was jostled and held back.
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If the Nash were worried it didn’t show. Both teams played some good football. John Smith’s penalty kick (three runs) was fired over the bar but Colin Cuthbert came to their rescue with an equaliser. It looked like a shoot out was looming and so it proved. Rangers ‘keeper Partington had injured his hand but he vowed to keep going. I think the result was a two nil win on penalties – making an aggregate score of 3-1 for the victorious Amblers.
- The video of the shoot out will show the result more conclusively. By now the rigours of a busy morning were showing on yours truly, and I was sorry I could not offer more for my Rovers team. I am taking a short break from playing, I think. And I must make sure I do a proper warm up in future.
- The trophies were presented by Statto Eve from the side of the Walking Football van – for that’s it’s main role these days, apart from trips to North Wales and back. Eve gave the Amblers players their winners medals – the second trinket in three months for some of those men in Blue.
The Golden Boot went to Trevor Brereton of Rangers, with a total of NINE (it says here) the nearest challengers were Ambler Bertenshaw, Ranger Quinn and Rover White who scored all of Rovers four goals.
Tony Cravagan , as captain of Wanderer’s took the consolation ‘Buttocks’ trophy and looked pleased with the cheek of it. We all had a laugh and generous applause greeted the winners of each trophy. What a great atmosphere – everyone agreed later that the morning had been a success.
We retired to the dry of ‘the hut’ and a buffet laid on by Mr. & Mrs. Nixon. Thank you.
The A.G.M. agenda was rattled through quite quickly and I thank those assembled for appreciation shown both to me , and my committee colleagues. Offical Minutes will follow in a few days. Check the website for those I can publicly divulge.
For the record, the event made a profit of about £15 on the day – even after trophies were paid for. Alan Graham donated his fee to our ‘buffet fund’ and Eve was rewarded with her next three weeks spends and a £20 bonus from her Grandad’s pocket by way of ‘wages’ to take with her to Corfu on Thursday !
Only one thing left for me to reflect upon… – Where the BLOODY HELL did I put that banner?
…an internal celebration on the 8th. August from 10-00am. to mark one year’s ‘independent’ walking football for Denton WFG.
Four teams of Striders and our guests The Nash Amblers will compete in a friendly tournament under WFA/WFU rules – as we adhere to when we play at King Street.
THREE POINTS AWARDED FOR EACH WINNING TEAM , NO DRAWS. IN THE EVENT OF MORE THAN TWO TEAMS AMASSING THE HIGHEST POINTS TOTAL GOAL DIFFERENCE WILL APPLY. THE TEAM WITH THE GREATER GOAL DIFFERENCE WILL PROGRESS TO THE FINAL. In the unlikely event goal difference is identical a penalty shoot out will decide who goes through.
A few extra pointers towards making the morning a success:
- Arrive early, as requested. Most people will not have monies to pay. Only a handful have not paid in advance
- Be ready to slip on your shirt which your team Captain will have been handed. Please remember to return it to your Captain, or Alan Richards before you leave King Street. There will be little time to spare if we are to run to time and fit in our A.G.M. before 1-oopm.
- There will be a large poster on display detailing the fixtures, time of kick-off, Referee etc. Space will be included for record keeper EVE to enter the scores and the goal-scorers. Make sure your Captain has the details and records any goals you score. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PENALTY KICKS IN SHOOT-OUTS – Penalties awarded in open play and scored DO count towards the ‘Golden Boot’ award.
- Remember, NO games will end in draws. Penalty shoot outs are the best of three then go on to ‘sudden death’. If you’re not used to taking penalties in ‘walking football’ acquaint yourself with the one step rule or ask the Referee for advice. Ask for a demonstration if necessary.
- Games will be fifteen minutes in duration. NO half-time. If we start to over run time wise games may need to be shortened to ten minutes
- In all matters of rules or disagreements around rules the verdict of your game’s Referee will be final.
- Your Referee’s are human and will be trying their best.
- Teams unable to field at least five players will play on without a goalkeeper. A miniature goal will be placed in their goals. Defenders only allowed inside the ‘D’ after the ball has entered and must follow the ball OUT of the ‘D’ a.s.a.p. The mini-goal will remain unguarded during any penalties which will be taken from a distance of 12 metres from the larger goal line.
- Above all let’s not get carried away with ourselves when we are playing. This is meant to be a friendly competition between people who mostly know each other. We’ll all be playing together again before very long. There will be a winner and there will be losers. We’re confident the spirit of our regular internal sessions will prevail next Tuesday…..come prepared to enjoy yourself and have a few good games of walking football.
Latest News: Mark Whittaker and Jeremie Coulon have ‘signed’ for Wanderer’s. The Frenchman has committed to the Wanderer’s cause which needs a fillip after the withdrawal of Skipper David Wilson. More good news for the squad when Ken Dean said he was 80% sure he could make the date. On the downside Roy Smith is reluctant to play so many games in a short space of time. As a back up plan it’s possible that Alan Richards could switch from Rovers to Wanderers if another Captain cannot be found. So far the team looks like Cravagan , Brodie , the in form Grimbaldeston, Dean and Coulon. We still await the Nash Amblers line up.
NOTE: IF ANY TEAM HAVE TO FIELD FEWER THAN FIVE PLAYERS ON THE DAY THEY WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF PLACING A MINI-GOAL IN THEIR NET AND THEIR OPPONENTS MUST DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGE
This is not an ideal situation but it will avert the whole day falling apart and will be exactly the same for all of their opponents. We must maintain a five team format somehow.(If you have a better idea please contact us Ed.)
Add Mark Whittaker to Cravagan’s Crew
CUP FEVER ! Denton…Captain’s clipboards are ready….
where are the Wanderer’s ?
Captain’s start to name your teams please – players remember the £4 entrance fee is the only charge – no SUBS on the day of the Festival….the clock is ticking so let’s ALL make this work
A.G.M. comes after the action
This notice will appear on the board at King Street on Tuesday next
TAMESIDE STRIDERS SUMMER FESTIVAL PLANS
TUESDAY AUGUST 8TH 2017
One group – four teams + One guest team (The Nash Amblers)
FIVE TEAMS PLAY EACH OTHER ONCE 5-A-SIDE
RANGERS – Captain David Partington (Green)
ALBION – Captain Gordon Nixon (Yellow)
WANDERERS – Captain Tony Cravagan (White)
ROVERS – Captain Stewart White (Red & Black)
no drawn games – penalties may decide result – best of 3 then ‘sudden death’. 15 minute games.
3 POINTS PER WIN. TOP 2 PLAY OFF IN THE FINAL
Prompt kick-off times FROM 10-10 am. SO BE EARLY ! Fixtures released soon. TEAM SHEETS issued today.
£4 payable to your team Captain by the end of July please.
*Medals for the winners* SHIRTS PROVIDED BRING SHORTS AND SOCKS
THIS IS MEANT TO BE FUN – PLEASE DON’T
TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY !
*Normal Denton rules apply*
FIVE-A-SIDE GAMES. SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED IF AVAILABLE. USUAL DENTON RULES APPLY. SHIRTS SUPPLIED – not shorts or socks (shirts must be returned on the day please)
NO DRAWN GAMES – IF SCORES LEVEL PENALTY SHOOT OUT TO BEST OF THREE THEN ‘SUDDEN DEATH’ DECISIONS OF COMMITTEE ARE FINAL IN ALL CASES. £4 PER PLAYER. MEDALS FOR WINNING TEAM ONLY. CAPTAINS COLLECT MONEY IN ADVANCE TEAMS SHEETS AND CASH TO BE HANDED TO ALAN RICHARDS NO LATER THAN AUGUST 1ST. PLEASE . It’s our aim to have Dressing rooms open on the day and some food and a brew afterwards. Time will be tight and we may have to extend our pitch rental. So…
WOULD ALL PLAYERS PLEASE BE EARLY. ARRIVE BY 09:45.
First games kick-off 10-10am.PROMPT
YOUR CAPTAINS ARE: Rangers : David Partington Rovers: Stewart White
Wanderers: Tony Cravagan Albion : Gordon Nixon The Nash Amblers: Garry Pearce
***OUR DWFG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IS SCHEDULED TO FOLLOW THE FINAL***
IT IS IN YOUR INTERESTS TO BE THERE. YOU CAN ELECT NEW GROUP *OFFICIALS* AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS* SHOULD YOU WISH. RAISE ISSUES or GET ANY COMPLAINTS OF YOUR CHESTS. WE’LL EVEN ACCEPT PRAISE.
*Nominations must be handed to Secretary Alan Richards IN WRITING before the end of July with a proposer and a seconder please. (None received by 31/7/17 – Ed.)
More news of fixtures soon. You will probably have already notified your availability and willingness to take part in the Festival games. Expect approaches from team captains. There may still be room for a substitute or two so let us know quickly if you want to take part. We are trying to base selection on geography but if teams are markedly less strong on paper there may be changes (with the exception of The Nash Amblers). THIS IS MEANT TO BE A BIT OF FUN , SO PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY.
Financial note: With at least 25 players paying four pounds each this should generate £100. If we need to extend pitch rental that will take hire up to £60. Plus Refereeing costs and the price of some half decent medals (probably max. 6). Add about forty muffins/barmcakes whatever you want to call them and this is definitely NOT a money making exercise.
More to follow…..