CCWF EWFL 65+ TOURNAMENT 03/10/2018
By Steve Parker
Teams competing included: Little Oakley, Eastwood Falcons, Southend, Grays, Dagenham & Redbridge & Chelmsford City
CCWF EWFL 65+ TOURNAMENT 03/10/2018
The third leg of the 2018 competition was held at Melbourne on 3rd October. Teams competing included:-
Dagenham & Redbridge
match Video is avalible here
Each team played the others in a 5 game series.
We had a change of rules for this match. Blue card tot ups were going to be counted for the whole team. So, the third blue card offence would mean a sin bin for that player. Irrespective of who committed offences 1 and 2. You will see below that where players were sin binned, they only actually committed 1 offence that time.
The EWFL rules committee are probably going to impose this new rule on the whole league for the remainder of the season. It did slow everyone down once they got used to it.
Chelmsford fielded a strong team with a 9 man squad, which included 4 members of this year’s 60+ league winning team, and were understandably looking to put up a good performance.
Clarets v Southend
Clarets got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win against Southend. They dominated the first half with some fine flowing moves with Jim and George feeding Kevan and Brian via Terry in midfield. A fine strike from Kevan was all Chelmsford had to show however for several efforts on the Southend goal. A momentary lapse in concentration allowed the opponent’s front man through on goal unopposed, but his low drive was well saved by Geoff at his right hand post.
The second period followed a similar pattern but again Chelmsford could not find form in front of goal. Terry was sin-binned for a foul in front of the Claret’s’ goal, but Southend could not capitalise from the resulting free kick.
Three points on the board, next please!
Clarets v Little Oakley
This was expected to be a sterner test from the runaway league leaders, and Oakley gave notice with a shot on the Clarets’ goal straight from the kick-off. No problem for Geoff in goal. As anticipated Clarets were under the cosh during the opening exchanges, but John and Jim in defence, ably reinforced by Colin were able to break up the attacks.
Clarets survived the initial onslaught and began to establish a threat of their own. Kevan and Brian linked up well and the latter worked the keeper with a thunderbolt near the end of the first period.
Chelmsford started the second half in the ascendancy with a great effort from Colin just clearing the opponent’s crossbar, and another stinger from Brian. The game became a stalemate with both sides cancelling each other out, and resorting to long range shots on goal. At the outset a 0-0 draw would have been seen as a good result against this opposition.
Another good performance, with 4 points in the bag!
Clarets v Grays
Having narrowly beaten the same team the previous week, and looking to leapfrog them in the league, Chelmsford could expect a close and physical contest. An end to end game quickly developed with Clarets having the better of the goal bound opportunities. Great shots from Terry and Colin brought the best out of the opposition’s keeper.
Clarets had to close ranks when Terry was sin-binned for running, however Grays could not penetrate the solid defence put up by Ian, John, and George. This shorthanded period saw Chelmsford’s best move of the half with brilliant link up between Colin and George, the latter shooting fractionally wide.
The second period could not have started worse with Terry again in the sin-bin, closely followed by a lapse in the otherwise solid defence conceding a soft goal to the opposition. Things seemed to be going from bad to worse when John also received a 2 minute dismissal for a tackle.
To Clarets’ credit the setbacks galvanised them into a revival, and they unleashed a constant barrage on the opponent’s goal for the remainder of the game. A succession of free kicks was repelled by a packed defence, and a glorious chip by Brian over the diving keeper floated excruciatingly over the crossbar.
An unlucky defeat against the run of play. Onwards and upwards!
Clarets v Eastwood Falcons
Matches against this opposition never fail to bring out the best in Chelmsford. Until today! A dour midfield battle ensued with little scoring opportunities for either side. An early blue card for Colin didn’t help. Clarets were by now looking a bit weary, and loss of concentration allowed an unmarked Eastwood forward through to give Geoff no chance. Colin fizzed another superb strike just wide towards the end to provide the only highlight of the half for Clarets.
The second half was a bit livelier as Chelmsford pushed for the equaliser, but further disappointment was in store as a goal from a quickly taken free kick was disallowed. Another super strike from Colin brought no reward, and just about summed up the match.
One to forget!
Clarets v Dagenham & Redbridge.
Despite the previous disappointments Clarets set about this game in fine style with some great passing football, however time after time the final ball was lacking. The pattern of previous games was being repeated – plenty of efforts on goal either just wide or not troubling the goalie.
There was certainly no lack of effort with everyone trying to create openings, particularly Colin who seemed to be everywhere, but again the Goal Fairy was out to lunch!
0-0 was extremely flattering to the opposition.