Eastwood Falcons 60+ tournament, Tuesday 24th October 2017
Two teams from Chelmsford City Walking Football travel to the seaside at Southend
Clarets Team: Gary Murphy (GK), Jim Prophet, George Keogh, Peter Osborne, Dennis Spencer, Terry Buck.
Chelmsford Clarets results:
Chelmsford Clarets 0 – 0 Little Oakley Blues (friendly)
Eastwood Falcons Yellows 0 – 0 Chelmsford Clarets (league)
Shooters 0 – 3 Chelmsford Clarets (league)
Chelmsford Clarets 3 – 0 Halstead (league)
Chelmsford Clarets 5 – 2 Southend (friendly)
Due to injuries the Clarets found themselves going into this tournament at Eastwood without any subs available which made their overall display even more impressive as they finished the day unbeaten. Play in the first match against Little Oakley was very much in favour of the Clarets. Despite hitting the post at least five times during the game we were unable to find the back of the net, with the Little Oakley keeper admitting after the game that their man of the match award went to the woodwork!
The first league game of the day against Eastwood Falcons followed with Clarets totally dominating the game but yet again were unable to find the all important opening goal. Jim & George defending solidly at the back were allowing very few opportunities for the opposition and Gary was dealing comfortably with the rare attempts on his goal. The next two league games finally went with the run of play and were both comfortable 3 – 0 wins against Shooters and Halstead respectively with Peter supplying opportunities from midfield for Terry & Dennis to share the goals.
In the final friendly game against Southend the decision was taken to give George a try-out up front. Even though Southend pulled back from 2 -0 down to 2 – 2, he then managed to notch a further three goals to add to his opener and again Clarets ran out as worthy winners.
This was very much an-all round impressive display by the Clarets who dominated all their games from start to finish, strong in defence, creative in midfield and unstoppable up front once they found their scoring boots.
“I think that as a team that’s one of our best performances. It really does make a big difference when everyone defends as a team and we make good use of possession. We outplayed all the teams today. Just a pity we didn’t score against Eastwood. Little Oakley had no answer either. Can’t believe we hit the metalwork so many times”
Peter Osborne – Captain
Match Report By George Keogh
Bob Willis(c), Alan Scott, Mick Andrews, Bill Harvey, David Clarke, Gerry Howard.
Chelmsford Whites Results:
Eastwood Falcons Yellows 3 Chelmsford Whites 0 (friendly)
Chelmsford Whites 2 Eastwood Falcons Whites 1 (friendly)
Southend 1 Chelmsford Whites 1 (friendly)
Little Oakley Blues 3 Chelmsford Whites 0 (friendly)
Someone famous once said that “Football is a funny old game” and they were right, in the first game whites did not play to the standard we expect against Eastwood Falcons Yellows. Its was the first game and we had not played together in a tournament, so we did not cover or support every position. Bill was great in goal as usual. From the back Bill highlighting how we could improve for the next game
The score was Eastwood Falcons Yellows 3 Chelmsford Whites 0, Eastwood had a good team so perhaps the score line was acceptable
Our second game and after Bills pep talk we started to play as a team with good opportunities for goals and the defence played more consistently and supported each other. We won our second match with most of the team having a least one shot at goal but just two goals scored
Our third game against Southend which finished a draw was a solid performance building on the growing teamwork from the previous matches. There were lots of near misses at each end but a draw was a fair result
Finally its back to earth with a bump. Little Oakley Blues 3 Chelmsford Whites 0 better team and we did struggle to make any impact on the score line
The organisation of the day and the support was very good and the refereeing was of a high standards even with volunteer’s. Plays understanding of walking football rules and the general spirt of how the games were played was good to see
Match Report By Bob Willis