Romford 65+ National Tournament
Romford 65+ National Tournament
CFCWF 65+ Tournament – Romford 12/08/2017
Participating teams included:-
Dagenham & Redbridge
Norwich SOCA A & B
The tournament comprised a round robin format, with each team playing 7 x 10 minute matches.
The CFC team consisted of:-
Terry Buck (C) – striker
Bill Harvey - defence
Gerry Howard – midfield
Peter Osborne – goalkeeper
Alec Rose - defence
David Stone – defence
Philip Taylor – striker
Roy Woodger – midfield
Chelmsford’s first opponents were Dagenham & Redbridge. From the start Clarets’ game plan of denying the opponents the ball failed to materialise; and we lacked composure with little communication and a reluctance to keep possession and pass between players. This resulted in a reliance on shooting from within our own area without troubling the opposing goalie. We were let down by a lack of marking which allowed D&R to get into shooting positions and their 2 goals were sufficient to gain the 3 points.
Result: CFC 0 – D&R 2.
Our second outing, against Walton turned out to be a totally different affair. Clarets looked like a new team. We kept possession, passed well and rained shots on Walton’s goal throughout the game. Terry and Alec were both denied by the woodwork, and had several near misses before Roy calmly slotted the ball into the left corner for the victory. Alec and Dave were largely untroubled in defence, and were able to push forward on several occasions. Phil as target man up front held the ball up well, allowing the midfield to get forward. The score line did not reflect Chelmsford’s domination, but there were encouraging signs of what was to come.
Result: CFC 1 – Walton 0
In the third match, against Norwich’s B team, Clarets’ tails were now well and truly up, with all of the good points from the previous game continuing with players more vocal and finding each other with ease. Chelmsford were completely in charge of the match, and were justly rewarded with another victory thanks to well taken goals from Roy and Billy, and a deflected shot from Gerry which left the goalie stranded.
Result: CFC 3 – Norwich B 0
Game number 4 saw Clarets pitted against old rivals Southend. This proved to be a close contest with some robust challenges on both sides despite the no-contact rules. The referee allowed the game to flow however as there was no bad sportsmanship involved. Some great defending by Dave, Billy and Alec kept the wolf from the door, and when called into action Peter always seemed to be in the right place to protect his goal. The match was settled by a solitary goal, a disguised pass from Gerry to Terry unmarked on the edge of the opponent’s area, with the inevitable finish.
Result: CFC 1 – Southend 0
The fifth outing matched us with Barnet, who despite having some good ball-players could not match the passing and movement of a rampant Clarets, now looking for a fourth successive win. Chelmsford completely ran the game, and were justly rewarded with an easy victory thanks to 2 goals from Roy, one from Terry, and a much deserved goal from Phil who had performed brilliantly throughout as front target man.
Result: CFC 4 – Barnet 0
All good things must come to an end. So it proved to be in Clarets’ penultimate match against a strong Birmingham side. A very well organised and skilful team kept the Chelmsford boys chasing the game. Another “physical” encounter in which we gave as good as we got. Having gone two goals down Clarets refused to give up and were rewarded with a great goal from Terry. With his back to goal he latched onto a pass, turned and shot in one movement before the goalie could react.
Result: CFC 1 – Birmingham 2
Having just played one of the two strongest sides in the tournament, it was to a degree unfortunate that the final encounter was against the other! Norwich A proved to be as good if not better than our previous opponents. Clarets fitness was tested to the limit in what was a largely rear-guard action, with very few opportunities to attach the opposition’s goal. Nevertheless we were understandably disappointed to concede two goals without reply.
Result: CFC 0 – Norwich A 2
A disappointing start and finish took the edge of the run of victories in mid-tournament, however all seem to agree that it was a creditable performance overall. There still appears to be no consistency in interpretation of the no-contact rules, although the referees were generally fair.
Well done to Roy as leading goal scorer with 4; closely followed by Terry with 3. Great performance by Peter in goal, who always seemed to be in the right place. Well done also to Terry and Peter for giving everyone plenty of chances to play a full part in proceedings.
We came 4th out of 8 teams.