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Bexley WFA Cup 60 + 65 and Mini - Southend /Rowhedge / Parringdon Pirates
Tue 28 May 10:00 - Tournament Full time

Bexley WFA Cup 60 + 65

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Bexley WFA Cup 60 + 65

ESSEX WALKING FOOTBALL – OVER 60s

FIRST ROUND – WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP

HELD AT CHELMSFORD – 28th MAY 2019

WFA Bexley 2019
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Chelmsford City Over 60s welcome Bexley to the first round of the National Walking Football Association Cup, to Melbourne Park on a warm morning.

Chris Jullings (GK)
Peter Osborne (c)
Spencer Pratten
David Roast
Mike Hardwick
Gary Murphy
Jim Prophet
Colin Haydon

The first few minutes were uneventful with neither team showing an obvious advantage.
Chelmsford managed the first attempt on the Bexley goal that was well saved by the visiting ‘keeper. Bexley were playing well, while Chelmsford seemed lack lustre. With minutes passed a Bexley produced low snap shot to Chris’s right that he saved with his feet.
Next up Spencer a good shot to the Bexley ‘keepers right which was comfortably saved.
Jim came on briefly for Mike while he received some treatment.
GOAL - Chelmsford then succumbed to a major setback. A loosely distributed pass out by ‘Chris was seized on and Bexley struck with a well placed shot low to his right.
Chelmsford appeared to have almost instantly equalised when a low left footed shot by Spencer beat the Bexley ‘keeper only for it to be disallowed. An innocuous decision by the referee that was hotly disputed that proved to be the turning point of the game.
Bexley were gaining the upper hand, Bexley playing well, while Chelmsford seemed lack lustre.
GOAL – A free kick to Bexley centrally outside the penalty area was laid back and a well struck shot beat Chris low to his left hand post.
Chelmsford strove to reduce the deficit, a cross by Spencer to Peter with the shot again saved by the ‘keeper to his right hand side.
BLUE CARD, A Bexley defender given a two minute suspension for dissent just before half time, which saw the first half end with Chelmsford trailing by two goals.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Bexley on top. Chelmsford with Gary and Dave keeping deep defensive positions, Mike battling in the midfield, all making several timely tackles and the forwards - Spencer, Colin and Peter shooting whenever any opportunity arose, but it seemed that nothing could penetrate a very strong Bexley defence.
Another poor clearance from Chris, who was not having one of his better games, was intercepted by Bexley and a great rising shot, beating Chris but fortunately much to his and the teams relief crashed into the crossbar before being cleared.
GOAL – Bexley maintained the pressure but a well-taken rising shot across the Chelmsford goal finished in Chris’s top left hand corner for Bexley’s third goal.

Bexley finished the game clears winners 0 – 3 with a very dejected Chelmsford team leaving the field.

ESSEX WALKING FOOTBALL – OVER 65s Blues

FIRST ROUND – WALKING FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP

HELD AT CHELMSFORD – 28th MAY 2019

Chelmsford City Over 65s welcome Bexley to the first round of the National Walking Football Association Cup, to Melbourne Park on a warm morning.

Chris Jullings (GK)
Jim Prophet
Colin Haydon
Kevan Anderson
George Keogh
John Stratton
Terry Buck

The game kicked off with neither team showing any advantage. Both teams contained several of the preceding Over 60s squads, but The Blues were certainly putting up a better showing than their youthful counterparts The Clarets.
Chelmsford began to appear slightly dominant with Colin going for goal at every opportunity but sadly without result.
Six minutes in Chelmsford get a free kick fed through to Colin whose shot was straight at the ‘keeper. Jim attacking in the opponents half of the pitch fed a wonderful pass through the legs of a Bexley defender straight to Colin who despite all his efforts was unable to score.
Chris was now called into action, atoning for a couple of earlier unfortunate errors, clutching firmly a firm shot bound for his top right hand corner that had goal written all over it… Bexley followed up shortly with a free kick to Chris’s right, which he gathered safely despite being initially unsighted. Chelmsford awarded a free kick in the 17th minute that was fed back to John who struck the ball slightly wide of the Bexley right hand post.

Half Time Chelmsford 0 – 0 Bexley

Shortly George latches onto the ball but strikes it just over the crossbar.
GOAL - Bexley now mount an attack… One of their forwards drilling the ball through the Chelmsford defence low to the unsighted Chris’s right hand post. At full stretch Chris was unable to get a hand to the ball, which struck the inside of the post, spinning across the face of the goal before crossing the goal line. The irrepressible Colin running the game let fly with another low shot but too close to the oppositions ‘keeper. Colin kept the shots coming but how ever hard he tried was unable to find the net.
GOAL - Terry comes on for Kevan with an almost instant reply casually strokes a low shot underneath the Bexley ‘keeper to equalise.
Colin finds George on the right with another measured pass but struck across the face of the goal.
Colin still working hard shoots again but again low past the ‘keeper’s right hand post. Chris called into action again making a spectacular save at his left hand post. He certainly has redeemed himself.

Full Time Chelmsford 1 –1 Bexley

EXTRA TIME – First Half

Kevan returns to the game replacing Terry. Both teams are visibly weary with some players on both sides having already played 80 minutes. The first chance should have gone to Chelmsford with the Bexley ‘keeper clearly straying outside of his area. Despite justified appeals by The Blues the referee declined to award the penalty. Honours even though as Chris had strayed similarly in the first half and not been punished. The half drew to a conclusion after another defence splitting pass from Jim to George whose low shot was into the side netting.

EXTRA TIME – Second Half

Good end-to-end stuff now from two tired teams. John leaves the field to be replaced by ‘Super Sub’ Terry.
GOAL - With literally a minute remaining Colin sends Terry clear on the left. As the ‘keeper advances Terry keeps his head and strikes a low shot past the ‘keeper into the far side of the goal.
Blues have only to hang on for a few seconds before the referee sounds the whistle for a well-deserved Chelmsford victory.
The Blues to a man strove to get the win through a hard fought 50 minutes.
Man of the Match has to be Terry Buck – Two well-taken goals – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is alive and well and playing for The Blues.
Chris redeemed himself in The Blues goal and Colin worked tirelessly for that elusive goal which sadly never came. A great performance all round.

Written by Geoff

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