Manchester Walking Football April 2023
Manchester Walking Football April 2023
GMWF 60s League
Divisions 1 & 2 were played on the 6th of the month. Wakefield Wanderers and Club Kingsmaid swop places, Kingsmaid from third to top and the Wanderers from top to third. Kingsmaid won the head to head and collected eight points today while Wakefield managed five points. Bury Relics stay in second spot on the same points as Wakefield but with a slighly better goal difference and are certainly part of the three horse race to the title in June.
Manchester Corinthians stay in fourth spot and the lack of a proven striker is their main problem. They could only manage one goal in their four fixtures today, that being against bottom placed Rochdale AFC Strollers who picked up a single point to make their total two after eight fixtures. The Strollers are looking likely candidates for relegation.
In Division 2 Carlisle SOA were unable to fulfil their fixtures due to problems on the motorway which meant they were stuck in traffic and couldn’t make the long trip in time to compete. All their opponents today were awarded 1-0 victories.
Bolton Wanderers Blues climbed from third to top of the table and have a three point lead over March leaders and now second placed Fleetwood Town Flyers. The Bolton team collected all twelve points today and scored twelve of the divisions twenty one goals. The Flyers lost the head to head and collected seven points.
Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders move up one spot to third six points adrift of their close neighbours Fleetwood. Due to their unfortunate bad luck travelling Carlisle SOA go down from second spot to fourth, one point ahead of bottom placed Manchester Corinthians Whites.
The Corinthians started well with a 1-0 win over the Seasiders but it all went downhill after that game culminating in a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Bolton Wanderers Blues. This may probably be the highest scoring match since the league started in 2017.
Divisions 3 and 4 were played on the 13th of the month. These were the first fixtures of the Spring season in these two divisions due to snow on the pitches in March. Purple Panthers lead the table on ten points, closely followed by Preston North End Senior Whites on eight points.
Third place goes to Burnley Clarets on five points and Rochdale AFC Striders lie fourth with three points. It wasn’t a good day for Garstang WFC who only managed one point, shipping eight goals in the process.
In Division 4 the top two teams are Moston Brook FC on seven points and Winstanley Walkers on six points. Third spot goes to Bolton Wanderers Whites on four points and Salcom prop up the table with no points today.
Division 5 was played on the 26th of the month. Roach Dynamos continue at the top of the table, now with a six point lead. It’s good to see the Roach team having some success, they are long standing members of the GMWFL and have always played in a sporting manner.
Wakefield Wanderers Whites are in second spot, two points ahead of Bury Relics Blues who failed to collect a single point today. Ribble Valley prop up the table, two points adrift of the Relics despite picking up four points to add to their March two point total.
GMWF 65s League
Divisions 1 and 2 were played on the 20th of the month. Bury Relics stay top of Division 1, although their March two point lead over second placed Club Kingsmaid is now reduced to one point.
Bolron Arena, looking a very capable side and containing four GMWFL representative team players, are third on nine points. On eight points in fourth place are Preston North End Senior Whites, one point behind the Bolton team. Manchester Corinthians Reds, champions of Division 1 in the Spring league last year are bottom of the table with only four points collected from their eight fixtures and already look doomed for relegation. A four point defecit and an inferior goal difference to their nearest rivals Preston North End Senior Whites will take some overcoming, especially with their lack of goals scored so far.
In Division 2 Wakefield Wanderers, who had a three point lead over second placed Fleetwood Town Flyers in March, have now increased that lead over new second placed team Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders. The Wakefield side look likely canditates for Division 1 in the Autumn season.
Rochdale AFC Strollers are in third spot on six points, while Fleetwood Town Flyers drop from second to fourth, only picking up a single point today.
Divisons 3 and 4 were played on the 27th of the month. In Division 3 Manchester Citizens, top of the table on goal difference from Purple Panthers in March, swap places with the Panthers who now lead by a single point. It looks as though these two will battle it out to see who is promoted for the Autumn season.
Burnley Clarets had a bad day picking up just a single point and lie in third spot. Salcom are bottom, despite picking up four points, with a goal difference of one goal separating the bottom two.
In Division 3 a single point separated Moston Brook FC and Rochdale AFC Striders in March, with the Moston team top of the table. That situation is now reversed with the Striders having a a single point lead.
Ribble Valley lie third on seven points, three points adrift of Moston. Ribble Valley have the same three point lead over bottom placed Wakefield Strollers who were pointless today.
GMWF 70s League
Division 1 was played on 5th April. The ten fixtures threw up six 0-0 draws. Table toppers in March, Bury Relics, are replaced by Blackpool FC Senior Seasiders, who now have a two point lead over the Relics. The Seasiders picked up eight points today while the Relics managed six.
Manchester Corinthians remain in third spot with six points added to their March four. In their eight fixtures so far they have drawn seven. Rochdale AFC Strollers remain in fourth place with three points gained today. Tameside Striders Blues remain in bottom spot picking up a single point today.
Divisions 2 was played on the 12th of the month. March leaders, Preston North End Senior Whites, drop to second spot adding five points to their March ten. Manchester Citizens take the top spot collecting eight points today, giving them a two point lead over the Preston team.
Two points behind Preston are Salcom who had a good day adding eight points to their March five. It was another bad day for Tameside Striders Stripes who so far haven’t picked up a single point in the two sessions and look doomed for relegation in the Autumn season.
Division 3 was played on the 19th of the month. Burnley Clarets level on points with Rochdale AFC Striders in March, now have a four point lead over both the Striders and Tameside Striders Greens.
It was a poor day for the Rochdale team, with only three points collected. The Tameside team picked a very decent seven points and have the same points and goal difference as Rochdale.
Moston Brook lie bottom with no points collected so far in their six fixtures,
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Great summary, great league, just feel playing the same teams in the same order each month makes for a disdavantage when you get to face strongest team in game 4 each time. Mixing the ties each time would overcome this.
People do not realise the work involved in preparing the monthly fixtures for 12 divisions in the GMWFL. We did originally change the fixtures every month at one stage but the workload, along with other duties, meant that it wasn’t sustainable for the voluntary work that we all do.
If anyone cares to take over planning and formulating the fixtures, without any reward, then please let me know asap.
Usual high standards set by all the teams in the GMWFL. It was a pleasure to be involved, although still as a spectator and not a player but hopefully that will be put right eventually. Some really close games in the first division and a good battle for the top spot, long may it long continue.
Corinthians are certainly missing your goals Mick and we all look forward to seeing you hitting the back of the net again.