Manchester Walking Football March 2020
GMWF 60s League
Divisions 1 & 2
Manchester Walking Football March 2020 saw the opening fixtures in Divisions 1 & 2 of the over 60s league played on the 5th. At long last we had a decent day’s weather with no rain or strong winds.
In Division 1 Rochdale AFC Strollers top the table on a goal difference of one from Bolton Wanderers Walkers. Both sides winning two and drawing two. Last years Champions, Wakefield Wanderers are on six points, with one win and three draws, two adrift of the Rochdale and Bolton teams.
In fourth spot are newly promoted Manchester Corinthians Reds who had a very disappointing start with one win, a draw and two defeats. Bury Relics, runners up in the Autumn league, fared even worse with four defeats and find themselves propping up the table.
In Division 2 Fleetwood Town Flyers already have a four point advantage at the top of the table with three wins and one draw. Manchester Senior Citizens and Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders are both on six points, with two wins and two losses, the Citizens with a one goal advantage.
Manchester Corinthians Whites, as their Reds comrades, had a disappointing day with only four points gained from one win, one draw and two losses. Purple Panthers WFC finished with three points from one win and three losses and find themselves at the foot of the table.
There were quite a number of penalties awarded for four team offences on the 5th. Despite the warnings some players still think they are playing full blown 5-a-side. The clue is in the title – NON CONTACT WALKING FOOTBALL. If this doesn’t suit your agenda, the league committee would suggest you look elsewhere for your football.
Divisions 3 & 4
Unfortunately the 12th was blighted by very strong winds, which meant teams turning round at half time in order that no team had a unfair advantage.
In Division 3 Maccabi Old Codgers lead the table by three points with two wins and two draws. Salcom and Roach Dynamos are second and third respectively, both on five points. Salcom having a difference of one goal better than the Dynamos. Both teams won one, drew two and lost one.
Preston North End Senior Whites and Rochdale Striders are bottom of the table, both on three points after drawing three and losing one and with the same goal difference.
In Division 4 new boys Carlise SOA had an excellent start on their league debut, winning three and drawing one to already lead the table by a five point margin. They play an excellent pass and move game and look to be a good bet to be winners of this division.
On five points after one win, two draws and one loss and the same goal difference are Moston Brook FC and Northgate Rovers. Uppermill FC are in fourth spot on four points with one win, one draw and two losses. They looked a little unlucky to me to only gather four points, with a last minute penalty awarded against them for four team offences in their final fixture versus Carlisle SOA. Rochdale Wanderers prop up the table on two points from two draws and two losses.
Some teams are still struggling to get to grips with the fact that our referees are clamping down on the running problem, and the result that four team offences results in a penalty.
Due to the Coronavirus health threat, the March fixtures for the 65s and 70s will not now take place. The GMWFL will be suspended until advice is received from the Lancashire FA that it is safe to resume.
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