Manchester Walking Football Over 65 November 2018
Once again we had a lovely sunny Autumn day for the third and penultimate Manchester Walking Football Over 65 November 2018 session of the Autumn league.
in the twenty matches fifteen goals were scored, eight in division 1 and seven in Division 2. Of the twenty matches eight resulted in 0-0 draws. Three 2-0 victories were the highest scores on the day.
In Division 1 Rochdale AFC Strollers, leading by nine points after the October session, increased their lead over Bury Relics to twelve points, with three wins and a draw, and with four games to play have already won Division 1.
Although it is possible that they could lose all four games and be overtaken by Bury Relics, who would have to also overcome the massive goal difference, there is more chance of me bedding Kate Beckinsale. The Rochdale side, who are a great passing side, are head and shoulders above the other teams in this league, as their points lead signifies.
The Bury side, lovely lads who play the game in the right manner, with two wins a draw and one loss, have a three point lead over Chorley FC CT. Chorley who won two and drew one with the one loss, are still capable of overtaking the Relics to gain runners up spot.
Both on seven points behind Chorley are AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders and Tameside Striders. The Seasiders having a goal difference advantage of one. The head to head in December could very well decide who drops down into Division 2. The Seasiders with two draws and two losses failed to score in this Manchester Walking Football Over 65 November 2018 session.
The Striders, who suffered three 1-0 defeats and gained a draw with the Seasiders, also failed to score. I watched three of their games and they were never really outplayed in any of them. Putting the ball in the net is their problem.
In Division 2, Mancom remain top, leading Man City by six points in October, they increased their lead to seven points with two wins, a draw and one loss. City managed a 1-0 win and three 0-0 draws. Mancom have to be favourites for promotion to Division 1 in next years Spring league.
Third Space Seniors continued their improvement with two wins and two draws and are in third spot four points behind the City team. A poor start in September, with just two points, has hampered the Seniors and with another good session in December, they have an outside chance of overtaking City for the runners up spot.
Rochdale Striders who were in second place on eight points after the September session and only added to that total by another point in October, gained another two points with two draws and two losses and lie fourth in the table.
Preston North End Senior Whites are four points behind the Striders on seven points. Two defeats and two draws were their results in this session.
With just the December session left in this Autumn league, the Golden Boot and Golden Gloves awards seem to have narrowed down to a few contendants. Leading the Golden Boot award is Man City player Bernard Walker on six goals. Stuart Sutton of Mancom and Terry Williams, a previous winner, of Rochdale AFC Strollers are both on five goals. Paul Haughton of Bury Relics is on four goals.
The Golden Gloves award is lead by Ron Blakeley of Rochdale AFC Strollers, who was the winner in this years Spring league. Ron hasn’t conceded a goal yet in the 2018 over 65’s leagues. The nearest challenger is Carl Liddy of Mancom with two goals conceded.
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