Chelmsford City Walking Football Win over 60's League
By Steve Parker
Essex Walking Football League (EWFL) - The season is over. Our second season has ended for the league with a presentation of the shield and the medals to all of the Over 60’s Chelmsford City Clarets
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Over 50’s Leyton Orient – by goal difference, 3 teams ended on same points.
Over 60’s Chelmsford City Clarets – convincingly by 9 points, not losing a match.
Over 65’s Little Oakley – this was the over 60’s winning team from last year – getting older!
Eastwood Falcons came second in each division.
We ended the season with an event on 30th October 2018 at Chelmsford City where the over 60’s finished off their remaining matches. We believe it has been a great season for the league and are slowly becoming one of the shining lights for the sport with the FA. We had 28 teams play this season split over the 3 divisions and 12 clubs. We have 364 players registered in the league with ages of 50 to 80.
Next year we already have letters of interest from another 10 teams. Depending on numbers we even may have to have a north south split for some divisions.
We do have one League Cup match still to play at Chelmsford City on Monday 26th November at 12pm which is in aid of Prostate Cancer. This is a mixed age tournament where 1 team from each club will play for the very grand trophy.
Many thanks to my co-committee members Derek Murr (chairman) and Peter Osborne (secretary) for all their hard work this season.
Essex Walking Football League
Vice chairman and Fixture secretary
Final League Matches of the Season Report for Both Chelmsford City Teams
Chelmsford City Clarets match report 30th October 2018 EWFL over 60
We all met at Chelmsford for the final matches of the Essex Walking Football League.
Teams who played:
Chelmsford City Blues
Chelmsford City Clarets
Concord Rangers Blues
Dagenham & Redbridge
Eastwood Falcons Blues
Eastwood Falcons Yellows
Squad: Peter Osborne ©, Mark Elnaugh (gk) Spencer Pratten, Terry Buck, Colin Haydon, Jim Prophet, David Roast and Mike Hardwick.
Clarets first played a friendly against Southend Reds. We started off well and by half time we were 3-0 up, with a hat trick for Terry. (it's been a long time coming).
Spencer then came on and slotted another 2 well taken goals. We did have most of the play and Mike with his first outing for the Clarets fitted in well. David and Jim were a brick wall at the back, giving Mark very little to do. Colin had his 3rd outing for the team and played well in midfield. Result 5-0.
Then came our arch nemesis the Blues, trying to disguise themselves by playing in Claret with blue bibs!! This was probably the most entertaining match of the day. Both teams had quite a bit of the ball. Highlights were, Peter hit the post twice, Jim’s shot hit the side netting, Dennis had some fancy feet moves for the Blues and hit the net, but it was disallowed for running. Mike hit a left foot screamer over the bar after one of Spencer’s shots was saved by keeper AGAIN!! Spencer hit side netting, the bar, the post and that pesky keeper kept saving! Chris was secure at the back and did just enough to stop Spencer scoring, another screamer by Spencer this time over the bar, but the main show was an outstanding display by Bill Sedgwick in goal for Blues. Result 0-0 AGAIN!!
We then played Dagenham and Redbridge. These were stretched today as they were a bit short of players and they have now lost their keeper Chris. It started bizarrely with Spencer getting the ball stuck between his legs when he turned, he tripped then the ball hit his heal towards the goal, the keeper went the wrong way and the ball bobbled in off the post. Spencer was very apologetic, but they all count! Terry then slotted one in, a left footer the top rh corner after a great pass from Spencer. I am sure both Peter got 2 and Spencer got his hat trick, but the ref said it was only 5-0.
Our last match was against Concord Rangers Blues. These were a tricky team and moved the ball around well using their big man in midfield. Mike was working our midfield well and put a lovely ball straight through the middle that Terry finished with a toe punt. David and Jim were solid at the back as usual, and Colin was everywhere. Both Peter and Spencer worked well up front in second half and got another one each. Peter also hit the post again near the end. Mark saved quite a few near the end and kept a clean sheet for the day and everyone worked well as a team. Score 3-0.
End of season now and Clarets gave a great show this year. Played 20, won 18, drew 2 and lost 0.
9 points clear at the top of the table.
Yes, the 2 we drew were against our own Chelmsford City Blue team, well done ALL the lads in both teams.