Walking Football v EWFL 60+ League Matches Whites
EWFL 60+ league fixture at Eastwood Falcons
Match report – EWFL 60+ league fixture at Eastwood Falcons 30/05/2017
CCWF Whites v Halstead; Eastwood Falcons Blues and Yellows; Little Oakley. The league games were followed by a friendly against Leyton Orient.
Whites fielded a squad of nine players including 6 regulars, and 3 players from the Clarets team. Kevan selected the team for each game, and 3 players were substituted at half time in each match, to ensure all had equal playing time. Kevan volunteered to play in goal for the duration of the tournament.
Whites took on Halstead in our opening match, and enjoyed the majority of the possession throughout the game, with good passing play and plenty of efforts on the opponent’s goal. Despite this domination however, Whites were unable to find the net and the resulting 0-0 draw was disappointing. The game was well managed by the referee, who was very hot on running and physical contact.
In our second outing Whites faced stiffer opposition in Eastwood Falcons Yellows. There were relatively few scoring opportunities on both sides, with the opponent’s keeper being troubled slightly more often than Kevan in our goal. Whites remained disciplined throughout however and were rewarded with a penalty late in the game, as a result of encroachment in the goal area by a Falcons’ defender. Despite having to take the spot kick twice Peter calmly slotted home low to the keeper’s right. This proved to be the game’s only goal, and a welcome 3 points to the Whites.
Our third match opponents were Little Oakley, a team much improved since previous encounters. Whites were under the cosh for considerable stretches of the game, it has to be said partly due to the physicality of the opposition which went unchecked by the referee. The game was played in a good spirit nonetheless. Some staunch defending by Whites kept the scores even despite 3 penalties being conceded by Whites in quick succession. 2 goalkeeper throw-out infringements, and one encroachment in the area (by someone who shall remain nameless, ‘cos he’s writing the report!) gave the opposition the chance to kill the game. This was not to be however as Kevan pulled off incredible saves on each occasion. Unfortunately with the game heading for a draw, Kevan was finally beaten by a looping shot resulting in a 1-0 defeat. Probably a fair result.
The final game of the tournament saw Whites face the hosts’ Blues team. Whites put up a creditable performance against a well organised side, and the game was evenly contested in all areas of the pitch. Both keepers were kept busy, until the deadlock was broken in spectacular fashion by Brian with a screamer of a volley on the turn from the edge of the opponent’s area. Whites had a chance to double the lead late on when a long pass from Gerry found George unmarked on the edge of the box. Unfortunately his shot shook the upright with the keeper well beaten. Eastwood then equalised with the Whites’ defence caught napping, and further disappointment followed when they snatched a late winner.
4 points from a possible 12 will be seen as a poor return, particularly after a bright start.
The tournament was well organised, however the standard of refereeing needs to be improved. The difference in interpretation shown by the 3 referees was significant and caused confusion and arguments amongst players.
In the final friendly against Leyton Orient Whites competed well for the first half, but were eventually overcome 0-3 by a well drilled opposition.
by Gerry Howard
Halstead 0 Chelmsford Whites 0
E F Yellows 0 Little Oakley Reds 2
Southend 0 E F Blues 1
E F Yellows 0 Chelmsford Whites 1
E F Blues 0 Little Oakley Reds 0
E F Yellows 1 Halstead 2
Southend 0 Little Oakley Reds 0
E F Blues 4 Halstead 0
Chelms Whites 0 Little Oakley Reds 1
E F Yellow 1 Southend 0
Chelms Whites 1 E F Blues 2
Southend 1 Halstead 0
Halstead 1 Little Oakley Reds 6