Manchester Walking Football 65s April 2019
Manchester Walking Football 65s April 2019
The weather was much improved this month for the Manchester Walking Football 65s April 2019 Spring league session. A dry and fairly warm day saw twenty nine goals scored in the thirty fixtures. Only six were scored in Division 1, ten in Division 2 and thirteen in Division 3.
In Division 1 it’s all change at the top. March leaders Rochdale AFC Strollers drop down to joint second spot after a disappointing one win, two draws and one defeat. Their one win was against new leaders Bury Relics. Age has taken it’s toll on the former champions, the Strollers, and they haven’t replaced the quality players they had in their previous campaigns.
New leaders are the much improved Bury Relics, they are now looking a good bet for the Division 1 championship. Two wins, a draw and one defeat sees them with a two point advantage over Mancom and Rochdale AFC Strollers.
Mancom had a win and three scoreless draws to add six points to their March five. It’s still all to play for with these three teams and anything could happen in the last two sessions.
Tameside Striders and Chorley FC share fourth and fifth spots having the same points and goal difference. The Striders lack of fire power is hindering their progress, with only one goal scored in their eight matches so far in this league season. A defeat and three scoreless draws keeps them level pegging with Chorley.
Chorley FC had the same results as the Striders and it could be down to who manages to score a goal or two in the next two sessions to see who is relegated from the top division.
Division 2 sees Third Space Seniors move up from fourth spot to table toppers after two wins and two draws. AFC Blackpool Senior Seasiders move up from third to second with one win, two draws and the one loss to add another five points to their March five.
Only four points separate all five teams in this division and it’s anyone’s guess who will top the table after the final session in June, and of course who will be relegated.
In fourth position are Preston North End Senior Whites, edging Rochdale Striders by a goal difference of one. The Senior Whites managed one win and three draws to add six points to their two points in March. The Striders, in second spot in March with six points, could only manage to add two points to their March total with two defeats and two draws in this April session and sit at the bottom of the table.
Manchester Corinthians top the Division 3 table adding ten points to their March seven. Three wins and a draw sees them with a two point advantage over second placed Chadderton FC WF and an eight point advantage over third placed Maccabi Old Codgers. Of the thirteen goals scored in Division 3 and the twenty nine in this league session, the Corinthians claimed seven of them.
Chadderton had two wins, a draw and the one loss in this April session. Maccabi Old Codgers managed one win, one draw and two losses to overtake Wakefield Wanderers for third spot in the table. The Wanderers had a disappointing day with the one draw and three defeats to leave them in fourth position.
Rochdale Wanderers, without a point in the March session were much improved this month. Although still bottom of the table, four draws must give them some encouragement for the final two sessions in May and June.
Topping the Golden Boot award at the moment is Manchester Corinthians Ray Richards, a two time previous winner, on five goals, with three others on three goals each.
The lady players seem to be increasing at Heywood. Apart from Michelle Walker (Wakefield Wanderers), we now have Mandy Sellars (Maccabi Old Codgers) and Jo Harwood (Preston North End Senior Whites). I watched and also played against Michelle and Mandy and they are both excellent walking footballers, with Mandy scoring one of Maccabi’s two goals.
All the results and tables can be found HERE.
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Pleased the way participants seem to be responding to the firmer approach to physicality. There is a better atmosphere building in my opinion. On the whole your exceptions to F.A. law make good sense (to me anyway).
Running goes on but that’s part and parcel of walking football – at least it can be punished in a way ALL team players will disapprove of. Hopefully resulting in a policing of the quicker element – we all have runners in the camp.
Recently organising a much smaller, somewhat different type of league myself, I’m realising it’s not always easy. You never know what’s going to happen next, and organising this one must be an onerous task. Hats off to all involved.
Well played to everyone who took part on Thursday. As a Manchester Corinthians 60’s player I was particularly happy with their results and seeing Ray topping the race for the golden boot. Keep it going our golden oldies.