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Chelmsford City WF
EWFL 65 at CC League and Mini tournament
Tue 5 Mar 10:00 - League Full time





Held at Chelmsford on Tuesday 5th March 2019

Chelmsford welcome Paringdon Pirates and Harwich Hornets to the first Over 65s league fixture. Each team to play three league games of 20 minutes duration.

Chelmsford ‘Blues’ were facing last year’s league winners Little Oakley in their first game of the new season.
Blues started well and within the first minute Brian Thomas hit a good shot that was well saved by the Little Oakley ‘keeper.
Blues were playing some good possession football and seemed to be dominating the game. After 4 minutes struck Terry Buck struck another good chance over the bar. Blues were keeping the pressure on and it wasn’t until 6 minutes had passed that Chris in the Blues goal was called on to make a save high to his right. However, the referee deemed that the ball was overhead height and the game restarted with a kick out from Chris. Neither team giving anything away. Some neat passing between Colin Haydon and Brian Thomas saw the ball fall to Terry for another shot at the Little Oakley goal. Some running then gave Blues a free kick and only another good save by the Little Oakley Keeper prevented a goal from Colin. From the corner Brian then struck a snap shot which again was dealt with by Little Oakley’s ‘keeper.
Half time saw Brian Thomas make way for Kevan Anderson.
The game continued in much the same way as the first half with Blues dominating and Colin striking the ball across the Little Oakley area and narrowly missing the right hand post. Chances were falling regularly to the Blues with Terry and Kevan whose shot was saved low down by the Little Oakley ‘keeper. Up steps Jim Prophet, his first struck slightly wide of the left hand post and his second attempt unusually over the bar.
Shortly before fulltime brought a great save from Chris Jullings in the Blues goal.
Full time score Little Oakley 0 : 0 Chelmsford Blues.

A sound all round performance from the Blues, with Colin Haydon marshalling the midfield and unlucky not to get at least one goal reward for his efforts.

Paringdon Pirates (Harlow) v Chelmsford Blues

A well contested game by two equally matched teams. ‘Pirates’ first league fixture in the EWFL Over 65s Division.

Chelmsford started brightly again with some clever passing but had to wait until the 3rd minute before they got the first shot at The ‘Pirates’ goal. Colin Haydon striking the ball low to bring a save from the keeper.
GOAL… Blues put the pressure on now and after receiving a nicely timed pass from Brian Thomas, Kevan Anderson struck a fierce shot to the ‘keeper’s right and Blues were in the lead.

Half time and Blues are leading 0 : 1

Shortly after the restart an uncharacteristic error by Jim Prophet allowed ‘Pirates’ a well struck shot at the BLUES goal, but it flew wide of Chris’ left hand post.
Chelmsford were now penalised for running. Jim blocked the initial free kick and from the rebound Chris was required to make a save low to his left hand side. Brian now stepped up with a hard shot, flying wide of the ‘Pirates’ right hand post. Our next chance fell to Jim Prophet who unusually skied his shot well over the opposition crossbar… 3 points. Terry Buck now broke clear and with the ‘keeper to beat unfortunately shot wide. The ‘Pirates’ fought back and a low shot was deflected away for a corner.
The shot of the game fell to Terry who crashed his shot to the underside of the ‘Pirates’ net with the ‘keeper well beaten only to see it spin down the wrong side of the goal line and gathered by the ‘keeper.

Full time Paringdon Pirates 0 : 1 Chelmsford Blues

Chelmsford City Blues v Harwich Hornets

Another evenly contested game with Harwich Hornets another newcomer to the Over 65s Division and also welcoming back a Brian TOPHAM a former CCWFC player.

Another strong start with Blues edging possession but without achieving the desired result. Kevan Anderson retiring temporarily from the game after receiving an opponents ‘misplaced’ elbow in his chest. He slowly fell to the floor, unconvincingly rolling over like Neymar and had to be helped from the field of play. He was replaced by Brian Thomas. Blues were clearly the stronger of the two teams with Colin Haydon being denied by the bar after a lovely through ball from Terry Buck. As much as Colin tried it seems that a goal was going to elude him.

Half time Blues 0 : 0 Harwich Hornets

Controversy now as Terry and an opponent clash. ‘Hornets’ defender clearly running and takes Terry out. The Hornets defender starts to walk to the touchline anticipating a two minute penalty but strangely the referee decides that Terry had committed the foul and he receive the ‘Blue Card’.
Colin continues to seek his goal… Striking the ball hard against the left post it rebounds clear. Colin strikes the ball again and well saved by the ‘Hornets’ keeper with his legs.
GOAL The ball is cleared up field only for it to fall to Colin who gets his reward with a shot from all of 20 yards past the ‘keeper into the ‘Hornets’ net for a well deserved goal.
Made of stern stuff now Kevan returns to the field in lieu of Terry and is unlucky with a long range effort that is cleared only for his follow up shot to go over the bar.

Full time Chelmsford Blues 1 : 0 Harwich Hornets

More good all round performances from The Blues.

Man of the Match Colin Haydon. Played well throughout the tournament, organising the middle ground. He worked tirelessly striving for a goal and was eventually rewarded.

Tuesday 5th March 2019 – EWFL Over 65s League Fixture

Chelmsford Clarets v Little Oakley

Facing the 2018 Over 65 League Champions in their second game of the tournament did not overawe clarets.
However, they were on the back foot for almost the entire game.
Little Oakley struck with 7 minutes gone, but thankfully the goal was disallowed for running by a Little Oakley player. Almost immediately a goal bound shot was touched over by Donald GILBERTSON but again the ball was deemed to be overhead height and play resumed with a kick out from The Clarets ‘keeper.
Little Oakley applying pressure throughout were awarded a free kick after a foul tackle by Billy HARVEY. Gillie saved the resulting free kick but immediately Little Oakley were awarded another free kick after another mistimed tackle by Billy. The shot flew wide of the Chelmsford goal.
A poor tackle on John Stratton at the start of the second half saw both players ‘Blue Carded’ The Little Oakley player for the initial foul and John for retaliation.
The second period continued in the same vein with The Clarets soaking up the pressure from Little Oakley and several good saves from Gillie in the Claret’s goal.
Clarets held firm with decisive defending, unable to get any clear chances on their opponent’s goal. In the penultimate minute a well-hit shot took a deflection for a corner to Little Oakley. The Clarets cleared the corner and the match ended with no score.

Final Score Chelmsford Clarets 0 : 0 Little Oakley

A good defensive performance by the Clarets. Gillie was outstanding in the Clarets goal with a succession of fine saves. Had the Clarets been able to field a striker the story may have been different but a good performance from all. Hopefully the over 65s injury list will be reduced before the next tournament.
Written by Geoff Stockley

65+ League fixture 5/3/19
Match report notes on Clarets
Clarets v Harwich
The opening game of the new season matched Clarets with new team Harwich, a team including one or two familiar faces from past encounters with Little Oakley.
Clarets started off brightly enough with some good passing exchanges between John and Alec, however apart from a few long range efforts the opposition keeper was never tested.
Dave and Steve in midfield held the ball up well but were unable to turn the opponent’s defence to create clear scoring opportunities.
The introduction of Billy in the second half provided more attacking capability down the right flank, but apart from one or two speculative efforts from Alec and Gerry, the lack of a striker was all too apparent.
Gilbert in goal was largely untroubled, but dealt admirably with everything that came his way.
The game flowed from end to end throughout, and the 0-0 draw was a fair result.
Clarets v Pinks
The friendly encounter was a totally mismatched affair against the better and younger club players. Despite borrowing a couple of their players, Clarets were unable to get out of their half for most of the game, and despite some resolute defending defeat was inevitable. The final score line of 0-2 was no disgrace, and at least Clarets were able to rest a couple of players before the final league encounter.

Clarets v Partingdon
Newcomers Partingdon were an unknown quantity and were slow to get out of the blocks, enabling Clarets to control the game throughout the first half. Clarets enjoyed some free flowing football with John and Billy dictating play from the back, but again Clarets were unable to capitalise.
The breakthrough came when Gerry held up the ball with his back to goal, and chipped a short pass between two defenders into the path of the oncoming Alec. His low drive gave the keeper no chance. A goal at last and one worth waiting for!
The second half began well enough, but Clarets began to lose focus as weariness set in. Unfortunately Partingdon began to lift their game and Gilbert had to deal with a number of goal bound efforts, before he was finally beaten. Clarets had to hang on in the end and were grateful for the final whistle. This was a very disappointing 2 points dropped. Final result 1-1.
Overall a good first outing, and despite the disappointment of not getting a win, Clarets go forward to the next round unbeaten. It is clear from the players’ attitude and commitment that this is a team that wants to compete, and is not in it for a kick about. Well done to everyone that played.
Written by Gerry Howard

Over 65's North
League Table
Chelmsford City Blues
Little Oakley
Paringdon Pirates
Chelmsford City Clarets
Harwich Hornets-3 
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