EWFL Fixtures 60+ April 2018 at Eastwood
Chelmsford City Blues & Clarets playing in the Southend sunshine
Chelmsford City Clarets played a total of 4 games in the first round of this year’s Essex Walking Football League which took place at the Len Forge Centre and was very well hosted and organised by Eastwood Falcons.
Clarets squad: Mark Elnaugh (GK), Dave Roast, George Keogh, Jim Prophet, Dennis Spencer, Terry Buck, Peter Osborne, Spencer Pratten.
Southend Blacks 1 : 3 Chelmsford Clarets
Clarets took a little time to settle into their first game and it wasn’t until Spencer’s shot came back off both posts and into the keepers hands that we finally started to find our rhythm. In what was their first serious attack of the game after about 10 minutes, Southend played a neat one / two on the edge of the box and took a 1 – 0 lead totally against the run of play. This proved to be the spark that brought Clarets to life and within the space of 2 minutes Spencer found the back of the net twice following free kicks from Dave and then George respectively. Terry was unlucky on several occasions in front of goal and never stopped looking for the ball, then Dennis came on as a sub and scored a third to cement the win and get Clarets off to a solid start.
Leyton Orient 0 : 1 Chelmsford Clarets
This was a game that neither team gave much in the way of chances and it soon settled into a struggle without either team really gaining the upper hand. After 15 minutes Peter came on as sub and then with almost his first touch of the ball found Dennis who doubled his tally for the afternoon. A couple of fine saves by Mark proved vital with only one goal separating the sides. Dave and Jim were solid at the back and gave very little away.
Grays Athletic 0 : 2 Chelmsford Clarets
In yet another hard fought tussle against a solid Grays side, both teams created openings but neither managed to convert any of their chances. George hit the bar with a well struck shot in the 10th minute and it was starting to look as if the keepers were going to come out on top but then after 12 minutes he supplied a through pass for Spencer to open the scoring, who then returned the compliment 2 minutes later sending George through to beat the keeper at the near post.
Eastwood Blues 0 : 2 Chelmsford Clarets
In their final game of the day Clarets were eager to maintain their unbeaten run and seal a good day’s football with another win. These games against Eastwood are always close and Jim in particular was proving difficult to get the best of in defence with several timely blocks. There wasn’t much to choose between the teams until 12 minutes into the game when Peter scored after being put through by Spencer. The roles were then reversed a few minutes later when Spencer put the game out of reach and Clarets finished the day with a 100% record.
So it was a great start to the competition for Clarets. The squad was very strong and timely substitutions didn’t affect the balance of the team. The standard of football in this competition has clearly improved since last year but on the strength of today’s performance we hope to be challenging strongly for the title. Roll on the next event (at Leyton Orient, 23rd May).
Chelmsford City Blues
First outing for the blue's. We played some good flowing football. With three draws which we could easily have won with a slight bit of luck. The only loss was to last year's league champions 1 - 0. And that was a dodgy penalty decision when one of the opposition players made a call for a penalty when one of our players supposedly put a foot in the area! And the ref gave it from the half way line. Great performances by. Billy Bill (gk),Ian,Terry,Tony, Bob, Gerr and Chris