EWFL 65 At Harlow Town
By Terry Buck
EWFL 65 At Harlow Town
ESSEX WALKING FOOTBALL – OVER 65s ROUND TWO
HELD AT HARLOW ARENA – 11th APRIL 2019
Paringdon Pirates welcomed Chelmsford City WFC to the Harlow Arena for the second Round of the Essex Over 65s League Competion. Chelmsford’s pool of available players was reduced slightly due to injury and personal circumstances and both ‘A’ & ‘B’ teams fielded teams with limited substitutes.
CCWFC BLUES V CCWFC CLARETS 0 : 0
Blues lined up for the first match with:
Chris Jullings (GK)
George Keogh (C)
Terry Owers (Sub)
Our own Billy Sedgwick, refereed this game, keeping a very tight grip and enforcing the current rules rigidly. With absolutely NO criticism this did not lend itself to a free flowing game and caused not a little disgruntlement among the players. However, the rules are there to be adhered to. It might be fair to say that these ‘shortcomings’ could and should be addressed at future training sessions. It also served to highlight the differing standards among the current crop of match officials. However, most would agree that so called ‘running’ can and never will be eradicated completely and further ‘tweaks’ and discretionary allowances are necessary.
Both teams were evenly matched which was reflected in the final score.
Within two minutes of kick off Blues struck the crossbar only for play to be pulled back for running. Blues were first to settle with two low well-struck shots by Alec’s well saved low down by the Claret’s Steve George. Next up Colin with another well hit shot but again saved by Steve who was having a ‘blinder’ in the Clarets goal. Then followed by another screamer from 20 yards out by George but just over the crossbar. The Clarets Dave Clark then received a two-minute ‘sin bin’ for three offences.
Half time no score and Blues brought on Terry for Alec.
Clarets started well with Dave Clark striking just wide of Chris’s left hand post. End to end football, Kevan going close with a low shot just past Steve’s right hand post. 11:15 blow for the Blues with Colin being dismissed for 2 minutes for running and a foul. Blues continued to apply pressure Kevan shooting just wide, followed by Terry striking the left post. Then another blow for the Blues with George being dismissed for 2 minutes, returning to the field of play with only seconds remaining.
CCWFC BLUES V HARWICH HORNETS 0 : 2
Game started slowly, although Blues were clearly and remained the better team. Shots from Colin, Kevan and George rained in on the Harwich goal only for their ‘keeper who had an outstanding game to deny The Blues every time, A great defence splitting pass from Jim to Kevan struck narrowly over the bar. Despite all the pressure by Blues it was Harwich who struck. An unusually wayward pass from Jim was intercepted by Harwich who capitalised with a low shot beating Chris for the first goal.
Half time and Alec returned to the field with Terry sidelined.
Double tragedy now for the Blues. Colin pulling up sharply with a hamstring injury to his right leg. A blow to the team and also to the influential Colin who was due to attend an Essex Trial on Sunday. No question of him playing on and Terry was brought on as substitute. A smart full length save high to Chris’s left, actually catching the ball kept the score down, with a fierce goal bound shot (under head height) from Jim deflected for a corner. Alec follows up with a low shot to ‘keeper’s left but again very well saved. Seems the over 65s curse has struck again. Despite many shots on goal just unable to put one in the net.
The game has now gone into the 22nd minute. Harwich attack down the left hand side with a low shot parried by Chris, which rebounds straight back into the path of the Harwich player who blasts the ball into The Blues net, giving Chris no chance. Final score 0 : 2
CCWFC BLUES V PARINGDON PIRATES ‘A’ 0 : 0
Blues fielded an unchanged team for the third and last competitive league game against hosts Paringdon Pirates. This was an evenly fought game with neither team managing to dominate with very few real attempts on goal. Alec and George managing the only telling shot on The Pirates’ goal. George was particularly unfortunate to have a ‘good’ goal disallowed, apparently for running. Despite protests and some support from our opponents the referee stood by his decision. Chris then saving well to his left to deny the Pirates. And so it remained for the whole 20 minutes the game finishing with no score.
CCWFC BLUES V PARINGDON PIRATES ‘B’ - FRIENDLY 2 : 0
With no substitutes a tired Blues lined up for their final game a friendly against the hosts ‘B’ team. Terry took over in goal allowing Chris the opportunity to roam freely with several attempts on the Pirates goal. Blues struck for the first time with a ball laid off to Kevan on the left who scored with a drive past the ‘keeper high into the net. 1 : 0 to the Blues. Terry was having an inspired game in the Blues goal, denying the Pirates with a succession of fine saves with a brilliant double save high to his right hand post. Nothing was going to get passed him… Chris Jullings had better look over his shoulder. Blues eventually clinched the game with a second goal scored by Alec.
Final Score 2 : 0
Man of the Match – Terry Owers fan outstanding performance in the Blues goal.
With the crop of injuries, and absences for personal reasons, both Chelmsford sides were affected and it was a difficult morning for both. Steady performances from all the Blues’ players.
Written by Geoff Stockley
EWFL 65+ League fixture 11/04/2019 – Harlow Town
Chelmsford City Walking Football Clarets
Clarets began this second round of games more in hope than expectation, due to the lack of available players. Only the bare minimum team of six players took the field, including Steve George in goal, Bill Harvey and Gerry Howard in defence; Tony Escott in midfield, and Dave Clarke and Peter Wyatt up front. Bob Willis was available as a substitute in event of injury.
Clarets first outing against our Blues team has been reported by Geoff Stockley, but suffice to say the teams cancelled each other out in what was generally a rear-guard action by Clarets. At the end Clarets were more grateful for the point than were the Blues.
The second game against Paringdon Pirates was a bit less one sided, with Peter and Billy working nicely together down the right wing. Dave conjured up one or two attempts on goal but few clear cut chances were created as Clarets could not achieve any meaningful scoring opportunities.
Steve in goal was equal to everything the opposition had to offer, however a speculative shot deflected of Gerry’s attempted block to give him no chance. It was disappointing that this was the only goal of the game, which denied Clarets a valuable point.
The match with Little Oakley was always going to be difficult however previous encounters were always closer than suggested by the difference in quality between the teams. Clarets were caught out too high up the field on too many occasions leaving Steve exposed, and found themselves 0-3 down at half time. The second half followed a similar pattern and it is a testimony to Clarets’ determination that only a single goal was added during the second half.
Despite the previous poor results, Clarets went into the final match with a positive attitude. The game itself showed nothing between the teams in open play, however the lack of an attacking edge was again evident. Bob came on as a second half substitute for Tony, however neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled and a draw was looking a fair result. It was disappointing therefore when the opponent’s front man was able to get an edge on Billy for the only time in the game, and rifle a close range effort past the ever reliable Steve.
Written by Gerry Howard