Manchester Walking Football April 2022
Manchester Walking Football April 2022
GMWF 60s League
Divisions 1 & 2 were played on 7th April at Ice Station Zebra aka the Heywood Sports Village. Torrential icy rain with strong winds at 10:00 didn’t make the prospects of some decent walking football look too promising. However, the rain subsided to a degree although the wind didn’t. It was decided that the fixtures would be seven and a half minutes each way to give both teams advantage of the wind.
March leaders Club Kingsmaid had their three point advantage reduced to one point after their two wins, a draw and a loss. Third placed in March, Manchester Corinthians Reds had a good day with three wins and a draw and are now in second spot a point behind Kingsmaid. One of their wins was in the fixture with Wakefield Wanderers, who they had drawn with on five previous occasions.
Wakefield, second in March, drop to fourth after two draws and two losses. Rochdale AFC Strollers move up one place and are now in third spot with three 1-1 draws and the one loss. Bury Relics remain bottom of the table, two points adrift of Wakefield after three draws and one loss.
In Division 2 Fleetwood Town Flyers move from bottom of the table with one point in March to second spot. Of the nineteen goals scored in Division 2 today Fleetwood scored nine of them in four wins and a full reward of twelve points on the day.
Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders are top of the table, on thirteen points, the same as the Flyers but with a better goal difference of one. The Seasiders had one win two draws and the one loss today. Preston North End Senior Whites remain in third position, adding seven points to their March five with two wins, one draw and one loss.
Bolton Wanders Walkers, top of the table in March, are fourth two points behind Preston with two draws and two losses. Manchester Corinthians Whites drop from fourth to fifth with one draw and three losses and unless things change they look doomed for relegation.
Divisions 3 and 4 were played on 14th April and unlike the 7th we had a warm reasonably sunny day.
March leaders Carlisle SOA increased their two point lead to three points after two wins and two draws. Of the fourteen goals scored in this division today, Carlisle scored eight of them. Purple Panthers retained second spot adding seven points to their March eight with two wins, a draw and one loss. Carlisle have a massive goal difference advantage, which is virtually worth another point if this division goes to the wire.
Rochdale Striders are third on ten points after a win and three draws. Salcom, bottom placed in March move to fourth with three draws and one loss, adding three points to their March one. Maccabi Old Codgers gained a single point after one draw and three losses and are now bottom of the division, on the same points as Salcom but with an inferior goal difference.
Moston Brook FC head the table in Division 4, their one point deficit turned to a one point advantage with a win, a draw and a loss today. Burnley Clarets drop from first to second, only picking up two points from two draws and one defeat.
Garstang are now on level points with the Clarets but with a one goal difference deficit. They had a win and two draws to add five points to their March four. Roach Dynamos remain in bottom spot despite having a decent day with a win, a draw and a loss.
With one point separating the top three teams in this division, it’s anyone guess as to who will be Champions in June.
Division 5 was played on the 20th April. March leaders Winstanley Walkers FC added another seven points to their total with two wins and a draw. They now have a seven point lead at the top and look certainties for promotion to Division 4 next season.
Ribble Valley WFC stay in second spot, seven points adrift of Winstanley. One win and two losses today added three points to their March four. Bury Relics Blues had two points before today and a win, a draw and one loss was an improvement to last months performance. The Relics are now on six points, one point behind Ribble Valley.
Wakefield Wanderers Whites remain bottom of the table with two draws and one loss giving them another two points to add to their March two.
GMWF 65s League
Divisions 1 and 2 were played on 21st April, Divisions 3 and 4 on 28th April.
March leaders, Manchester Corinthians, increased their lead at the top of Division 1 to four points with three wins and one draw, scoring seven of the fourteen goals in this division today.
Bury Relics and Manchester Senior Citizens are both on twelve points, the Relics in second spot with a better goal difference than the Citizens. The Relics gained an admirable eight points today with two wins and two draws. The Citizens gained seven points from two wins, one draw and one loss.
Preston North End Senior Whites, second placed in March and a point behind Corinthians, had a disappointing day picking up just the one point after one draw and three losses and are now in fourth position. Rochdale AFC Strollers, former champions and always a difficult side to beat are in unfamiliar territory at the foot of the table, a point behind the Senior Whites. The Strollers had their worst performance ever today picking up a solitary point with one draw and three losses.
In Division 2 March leaders by one point, Fleetwood Town Flyers, had a good start with two wins but then were beaten 3-0 by second placed Club Kingsmaid. A further loss to Salcom followed and they drop to second spot in the table.
Club Kingsmaid won all four of their fixtures today adding twelve points to their March seven and now have a five point lead over the Flyers. Kingsmaid scored eight of the fifteen goals in this division today. A few complaints were heard that they had signed players from other top teams around the North but there is nothing in the rules to stop any team doing similar.
Salcom remain in third position, three points behind Fleetwood after two wins, one draw and one loss. A further four points adrift of Salcom are Blackpool AFC Senior Seasiders who had one win, one draw and two losses. Purple Panthers, bottom of the table in March on two points, failed to add to that total today after suffering four losses and conceding eight goals in the process.
Divisions 3 and 4 were played on 28th April and in the sixteen fixtures there were nine 0-0 draws with just nine goals scored.
In Division 3 the top three positions remain the same. Bolton Arena, March leaders by three points, increased that lead to ten points after three wins and a draw and look almost certainties for promotion. Moston Brook FC remain in second spot with three draws and one loss.
Rochdale Wanderers added three points to their March total after three draws and a loss. Chester Northgate move off the bottom spot with one point and now have six points with one win, two draws and a loss. Rochdale Striders move to bottom on five points with three draws and one loss.
Burnley Clarets stay top of Division 4 increasing their March two point lead to three points with one win and two draws. Man City In The Community are still second after gaining four points from a win, a draw and a loss. On the same points are Wakefield Wanderers but with an inferior goal difference to City. The Wanderers had a decent day raking in five points from a win and two draws.
Manchester Corinthians Whites drop to bottom spot, three points behind Wakefield after collecting a single point from a draw and two losses. City and the Corinthians struggled to field teams today. The Citizens had only four players and needed to borrow two from Rochdale WFC. The Corinthians with four on holiday were forced to play two goalkeepers as outfield players.
GMWF 70s League
Division 1 was played on 6th April. Rochdale AFC Strollers increased their lead at the top by five points from two wins and two draws, the same as in their March session. They already look the team to beat for any side looking to take their title.
Manchester Senior Citizens take second spot with one win and three draws and are closely followed a point behind are Bury Relics who have drawn seven of their eight fixtures so far.
In fourth spot on eight points are Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders who had three draws and one loss today. Preston North End Senior Whites prop up the table on three point after two draws and two losses, a slight improvement on their March results. Goals are at a premium in this division and in the ten fixtures today only five goals were scored and there were six 0-0 draws.
Division 2 was played on 13th April and it was all change in the top three divisional positions. March leaders Salcom dropped to third after a win, two draws and one loss. Second placed Tameside Striders Blues moved from second to top with two wins and two draws. Third placed Manchester Corinthians moved to second spot with the same results as the Blues.
Tameside Striders Stripes added four points to their March two with a win, a draw and two losses and take fourth spot. A depleted Moston Brook FC managed to add a point to their March one and remain in bottom position after one draw and three losses.
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