Manchester Walking Football May 2018
The Manchester Walking Football May 2018 penultimate session of the Spring League brought another day of sunshine and dry weather.
Thirty nine goals were scored in this session, twelve in Division 1, eleven in Divisions 2 and sixteen in Division 3. Seven 0-0 draws were recorded, one of the lowest numbers since the league started in 2017.
In Division 1, an under strength Rochdale AFC Strollers maintained their lead of five points over second placed Nash Amblers, both teams recording two wins and two draws. The Amblers remain the only unbeaten team in this over 60’s Spring league.
All the placings in Division 1 remain as they were in April with AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders in third spot, two points behind Nash Amblers. Chadderton FC WF are fourth and Vintage Celtic, with a bare squad of six, without a win all season and with a measly six points from twelve games, prop up the table.
Celtic look doomed for relegation and as their ex manager I find it sad to see a club who have won many trophies since their formation in 2014 and were the winners of the GMWF Spring League in 2017, in such a position. As in life, in football nothing lasts forever but hopefully in time they will be back to their best.
In Division 2, Roach Dynamos with two losses and two draws lost their top spot to Bolton Wanderers who now have a three point lead over the Dynamos. The much improved Wanderers grabbed ten points with three wins and a draw to lead the division.
Perhaps Roach Dynamos problem is team spirit. I have noticed on a few occasions, as others have mentioned too, that they seem to be constantly arguing amongst themselves, which of course is counter productive.
Wakefield Wanderers with one win, two draws and a loss are two points behind Roach in third spot. Fleetwood Town Flyers remain in fourth spot with one win, two draws and a loss.
Rochdale Striders, with their goalkeeper Alan Thompson back after injury, are still without a win this season but were much improved with three 0-0 draws and the one loss to Wakefield Wanderers. They are destined to be in Division 3 for the Autumn season. Not unike Vintage Celtic in Division 1, they have lost their way. The Striders have now dropped two divisions in consecutive seasons.
In Division 3 Preston North End Senior Whites, who were lying in third position after the April session, had three wins and a draw and are now top of the table, five points clear of Bury Relics.
The Relics who suffered two defeats in this Manchester Walking Football May 2018 session, with one win and a draw, now look destined to remain in Division 3 for the Autumn season.
Middleton Legends, who only joined us in April, had a good day with three 2-0 wins and a single defeat to the Preston team. The legends are now in third position in Division 3 and one has to wonder where they would lie if they had played the same number of games as their opponents. I certainly wouldn’t bet against them finishing runners up after next month’s final session.
Maccabi, once again under strength, remain an enigma. From gaining ten points in the April session, they failed to gain a single point this month.
Third Space Seniors prop up the table, a point behind Maccabi. With one win, two draws and a loss, they added another five points to their total.
The Golden Boot sees Rochdale Strollers Val Mears on six goals, Middleton legends Terry Jepson, Roach Dynamos Mick Tarpey and Bury Relics Ken Buggie all on five goals. Chadderton’s John Bee is on four and Wakefield’s David Holbrow also on four. The first five named are all Manchester Corinthians players.
Barry Smith of Nash Amblers, with just the one goal conceded, leads the Golden Gloves award. His nearest rivals are Rochdale Strollers Ron Blakeley, Blackpool’s Steve Hyde, Fleetwood’s Pete Smith and Bolton’s Derek Howarth, all on four.
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