WF tournament Romford 22/4/17
CFC Clarets v Romford, Southend, Walton
CFC squad: Gary Murphy Alan Oliver Jim Galpin Alan Scott
Brian Topham Mark Elnaugh Gerry Howard
The teams played each other twice in a 15 minute/game format. This qualifying round of the WFU National 50+ tournament was held in the cages of Romford and this definitely didn’t suit The Clarets “free-range” type of game.
From the outset it was clear that Clarets’ new look side were going to struggle against the likes of Romford and Southend, both of which showed the cohesion and firepower that was lacking in the CFC line-up. We started slowly as a team and didn't get close enough to the man with the ball and didn't take our shots early enough.
Eight goals were conceded to the hosts over both matches, mainly due to the barrage of accurate long range shots on goal; which demonstrated all too clearly our need for an established goalkeeper. Even Mark who was excellent in goal, couldn’t stem the tide.
Clarets competed well against Southend in both games against them, but narrowly lost out on each occasion.
The defeat in our first game against Walton was hard to take, Clarets having been caught cold with two early goals from which they couldn’t recover. Clarets got their revenge however in the final game against the same club with their best performance of the day resulting in a dominant 3 – 0 victory.
Skipper Gary made sure everyone got the chance to play a full part, in different positions throughout the six games. Despite the initial lack of cohesion as a team, Clarets performed with spirit and commitment and were growing with each game played. Even though we only won 1 out of 6 it was still good to get a sweat on and have some exercise.
Special mentions to Gary for organising the team; Ollie who on the evidence of the final match alone seemed to be involved in everything; and to Alan in his first tournament for the Club who must have wondered what was going on!
The new WFU rules on non-contact were generally applied sensibly and fairly by the referees, with a few raised eyebrows but no dissent. There was less contact than in other tournaments but still some running which it was felt, would be impossible to eradicate with only one referee. The tournament was played in a good spirit overall.
Final thought from Ollie: “You learn more from the games you lose than those you win. We must have learnt a lot yesterday……….”
Results: Southend 2 Chelmsford 0
Romford 3 Chelmsford 1 (Mark)
Walton 3 Chelmsford 0
Chelmsford 0 Southend 1
Chelmsford 1 (Ollie) Romford 5
Chelmsford 3 Walton 0 (Ollie 2; Brian 1)