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Chelmsford City WF
Tuesday Friendly Tournament 60+
Tue 30 Jan 10:00 - Friendly Full time

Chelmsford City Walking Football over 60 Tournament Tuesday 30th January

It was a crisp but lovely sunny day at Melbourne park. Most players all had their thermals on and we needed them. We put out 3 evenly matched teams and everyone at Chelmsford City who asked to play got a game

Reports from Mark Elnaugh, Terry Buck and Gary Murphy

It was a crisp but lovely sunny day at Melbourne park. Most players all had their thermals on and we needed them. We put out 3 evenly matched teams and everyone at Chelmsford City who asked to play got a game. The tournament took over the normal Tuesday training session

Claret Team

Tournament Jan 2018
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The team took to the pitch for the first game against Clacton looking very smart in their traditional Chelmsford City claret kit

Mark Elnaugh had been drafted in to captain the team following the late withdrawal of Mike Hardwick in what was a scrappy game neither team quite found their rhythm and Gilbert Donaldson was rarely troubled in the Chelmsford goal but to be fair apart from a late chance for Peter Wyatt Chelmsford did not test the Clacton keeper either. The result was a 0 0 draw with each team cancelling each other out

Maybe the team knew that the next game against the Essex side would be the real test. Essex took to the field looking rather uncomfortable in their pink striped strip. That aside they soon started to apply pressure to the clarets defence which held firm until the last five minutes when Spencer broke free on the right and lashed a right foot shot across Gilbert. He could only watch as it hit the inside of the post and slid into the net. Clarets still fought hard and Mark sent an inch perfect through ball to Chris Jullings but he missed the target. Clarets finally succumbed to a second goal from Spencer to lose 2 0

Considering the opposition, it was a great performance and Stephen Wade did particularly well to mark Spencer and generally keep their main attacking threat at bay

In the third game against Eastwood Chris Jullings scored our first goal of the day which was deserved reward for his effort
This was enough to provide a 1-0 win so Clarets went into their last game with Shooters with renewed belief

Generally, we dominated the last game and the team created several good chances for Mark but unfortunately his efforts were too weak to beat Chris Jones in the Shooters goal. The outcome was another 0 0 draw yet a match that with more sharpness in front of goal Clarets could have won comfortably

Overall a great team effort

Gilbert Donaldson in goal only conceded two goals neither of which any keepers would have saved and martialled his defence well in his normal vocal style
David Stone was a giant at the back His great positional play thwarted many attacks
Brian Thomas was the engine of the team and slotted into whichever position required
Alan Scott struggled with an old injury that limited his time on the pitch but played through the pain for the sake of the team
Chris Jullings was not afraid to take on the opposition one on one and was at the centre of all the clarets best attacking play
Stephen Wade played his simple but effective football
Peter Wyatt put the team first and always provided a good outlet up front with good positional play

Chelmsford City Reds

Apart from Olly, our token under 60 player, we were all over 65. This gave us a good test for this new age bracket for the upcoming Essex League and National tournament. We first played Southend. Geoff kept a clean sheet in goal and Gerry kept feeding Dennis and Phil up front, and Dennis got our goal 1-0

We then played Shooters. Again, Geoff kept a clean sheet and Dennis fed with a few chances, but Chris Jones is hard to beat. Dennis side stepped him once after a pass from Terry, but somehow Chris saved again 0-0

We then played the Essex team. We were no match. Terry fed a few through to Phil, but they were all over him. Phil got close when one of his shots took the keepers hat off!! They just controlled the midfield and popped 3 in 3-0

Then came Eastwood Falcons. Another hard-fought match and Jim and Lance did very well at the back to keep them out. Olli created some good passes for Terry who found some space, but the keeper saved 2 very good shots on goal 0-0

So we had a great day, won 1, drew 2 and lost 1 (to the best side on the day).


Chelmsford City Blues

Blues first game was against shooters which we won 1-0

Second game we played Southend A which we won 2-0. We went into the third game a bit to confident and lost 1-0. Fourth game we drew with Southend B 1-1

Final Scores at Chelmsford City Walking Football Tournament Tuesday 30th January

Chelmsford City Blues 2 – Southend A 0
Chelmsford City Blues 0 – Clacton 1
Chelmsford City Blues 1 - Southend B 1
Chelmsford City Blues 1 - Shooters 0

Chelmsford City Clarets 0 – Essex 2
Chelmsford City Clarets 1 – EWF 0
Chelmsford City Clarets 0 – Clacton 0
Chelmsford City Clarets 0 – Shooters 0

Chelmsford City Reds 0 – EWF 0
Chelmsford City Reds 0 – Shooters 0
Chelmsford City Reds 1 – Southend B 0
Chelmsford City Reds 0 – Essex 3

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