Trevor’s reports will appear here. Well written and often entertainingly funny , these witty accounts of internal games have grown in popularity. Trev loves a pun ! – Ed.
Another terrific small sided game this morning, with only great goalkeeping and defending preventing a glut of goals. Oranges edged possession in the first half, their slick passing and movement troubling a blues team brimming with talent. Stephen Hampson’s energy was something to behold, as he cut a swathe through the blues defence. B’s keeper Mark Bradshaw saved well from Brereton and Pete Smith, as O’s couldn’t convert chances into goals. B’s defensive duo Danny Tipping and Dave Fielding didn’t panic though, as O’s were mainly limited to long range efforts.
There was little to choose between the teams in the second half , with both teams working their socks off , in the hope of getting a vital goal ahead. Pete Smith flashed a shot narrowly wide of’ b’s ‘keeper Bradshaw’s goal. A Brereton effort was deflected just wide of the post. At the other end Dave Fielding’s close range effort was brilliantly kept out by the legs of David Partington. The in form keeper again came to O’s rescue again , getting a strong hand to John Smiths powerful strike. No goals today, but no shortage of excellent play from both teams. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce
Blues – 0
Oranges – 0
Curzon, Jan 20th. 2020
Another small sided game was welcomed by the fourteen players on pitch 2 this morning. There was little sign that today is officially the most depressing day of the year. Certainly referee Garry Pearce was buzzing in his baby pink top. The way blues moved the ball early on, looked ominous for the attack minded reds. When’s reds got into their stride, they looked increasingly dangerous, as blues defensive duo Foster and Lake came under pressure. . Martyn Heath on the right, was a constant threat, with John Smith and Brereton, looking to exploit any defensive lapses. Blues keeper Mike Kieran was kept busy, keeping out efforts from Smith, Adams and Brereton. Blues counter attacked well , but came up against a brick wall, otherwise known as Darren Sullivan . Early in the second half , a superb low Sullivan drive cannoned off Kieran’s s post. At the other end Steve Foster found himself one on one with keeper Mark Bradshaw, Steve’s point blank effort being brilliantly kept out by Mark. Reds stepped up their attacking intent, and were rewarded with the vital breakthrough goal. Mick Adams scorer of vital goals in recent weeks, finished off a fine move, by finding the top bin of Kieran’s goal. Blues fought valiantly, with Steve Wingrove and Pete Smith leading their charge. It wasn’t to be and the men in blue just came up short , in a most enjoyable game. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Reds – 1 (Adams)
Blues – 0
Trevor’s Friday Bulletin this week incorporates Keith’s comments….
Pitch one was a 6 v 6 game , with both side’s displaying an abundance of quality walking football. Yellows started well, keeping the ball with some pin point passing, and looking to find danger man Terry Bertenshaw. .However it was reds who against the walk of play took the lead. Following a one two with Brereton, Stephen Hampson coolly slotted the ball past Keirnon with his left peg. Y’s were dominating possession , and creating chance after chance. Reds keeper David Partington was in his element though, thwarting the Y’s time after time. Bertenshaw could have had a first half hat trick, had it not been for Partington’s heroics. Also Y’s were unlucky when they clipped the post, , how much longer could the reds hold out ?. Into the second half and reds were gaining more possession, and looking more dangerous going forward. Kieran made fine saves from Pete Smith, Joe Bemrose and Pete Jarvis, as reds looked to take a stranglehold on the game. At the other end Partington continued to frustrate Y’s with his agility and safe hand’s. Fielding saw an effort trickle past the post, as reds worked like trojans to hold onto their slender lead. With Steve Foster and Danny Tipping joining the Y’s attack Y’s looked increasingly dangerous. With two minutes remaining Y’s scored a deserved equaliser. Tipping found Fielding in space, his shot from the side of the ‘D’ was parried by Partington, the ball fell to the feet of Mick Adams, who found the corner of the net. Phew!! All the players gave a good account of themselves, and enjoyed the small sided game. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 – Adams
Reds – 1 – Hampson
In the other game this morning it was a lopsided 5 v 6, yellows v blues.
Although the score might suggest it, the first half was never a one sided affair play wise and the yellows used their 5 men well against the 6 blues. However, it ended 3-1 to the blues, who also missed some good chances, at half time. A blue switched to yellows at half time and they used the extra man with fine passing moves, eventually taking the score to 3-3.
Blues were still in it and took a 4-3 lead through Mike Caldwell’s second goal. The game continued to ebb and flow and yellows equalised again at 4-4.
The pick of the blue goals was a stormer from Gordon which flew through the keepers legs, just as he intended it to, 5-4 to the blues.
They thought it was all over but it wasn’t as blues got a deserved 5th goal to end the game all square.
Played in great spirit as usual without contact, running or a referee.
Well done all.
Not sure of all the goalscorers names so if someone wants to let me know then I’ll edit this report later.
Curzon, January 13th. 2020
Another late kick off today, as the 19 amblers tried in their various ways to keep warm. In the first half Yellows had the extra man , as blue’s did well to match them in terms of possession. The three touch format was keeping running to a minimum, but neither team was setting the world alight with their approach work. After little goalmouth activity Y’s took the lead shortly before half time. After having a good cough, Mike Caldwell found space on the right hand side of the “D” , and with a deadly toe poke, the ball was despatched past Kevin. The second half saw blue’s with the extra man dominate possession, as Y’s defence came under mounting pressure. David Partington in the Y’s goal made a flying save to his left to keep out a Steve Wingrove effort, and Brereton shot narrowly wide after capitalising on a defensive error. Blue’s continued to apply the pressure with senior statesman John Smith urging his team on for one last effort. Too often blue’s approach was too pedestrian, and Y’s solid defence was in no mood to relinquish their lead. So another very tight game decided by the odd goal. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 -Caldwell
Blues – 0
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Curzon, January 10th. 2020
A mammoth twenty two this morning, including long time absentee Phil Hibbert, and Curzon Player of the Year no less, Dave Fielding. As in recent games, chances were at a premium. Though we played multi touch with no ref, running was kept to a minimum, as were clumsy challenges. Possession throughout the game was 50/50, along with scoring chances. Both teams excelled in their build up play, but congestion around the “D” meant clear cut chances were non existent. For Black’s , David Lees was influential , along with Mick Adams. For yellows, Phil Hibbert hardly put a foot wrong, with defensive duo Tipping and Foster excelling. What chances there were came in the second half. Mark Bradshaw moved sharply to his right to keep out blacks goal bound Brereton effort. Mark also saved well from Mick Adams. A late flourish from Y’s saw David Partington get down well to keep out a fine strike from Terry Bertenshaw. Partington made an even better save to keep out a powerful drive from Pete Smith. No goals, but still a game enjoyed by most. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Yellows – 0
Black’s – 0
Curzon , January 6th
It was a 9 v 9 three touch this morning, with the chilling wind leading to some cold extremities. Black’s made a positive start, moving the ball well, and testing Mike Kieran. Yellows looked to John Smith for inspiration in their attack. Also with Colin Cuthbert and Steve Foster creeping up from the back, blacks defence couldn’t afford any lapses of concentration. Kieran was the busier of the keeper’s, saving well from Mick Adams and Trevor Brereton in a goalless first half.
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- Early in the second half Bradshaw had to be at his sharpest , turning away a deflected shot with his foot. Although the game was congested both team’s were playing some quality 3 touch. Y’s Heath and John Smith provided the flair in their competent attack. Black’s peppered the Y’s goal before finally breaking through with a quality strike from Mick. Black’s sharp shooters Bemrose and Brereton looked for a decisive second , but Kieran wouldn’t be beaten again. All in all it was good game played in an excellent spirit. Once again well refereed by Garry Pearce. Also a healthy attendance, with Alan Richards, Barry Thickett, Alan Graham and Karen Bemrose (sec half only), perusing proceedings.
Black’s – 1 – Adams
Yellows – 0
Curzon, January 3rd (unedited*)
After what seemed for many like an eternity we returned to the 3g, in dazzling sunshine, for what proved to be a tight game. Black’s had the extra man (9) in the first half , as they looked to gain an early advantage. Yellows defence of Heath, Taylor, Partington and Truett defended manfully, as they came under pressure. Black’s Brereton shot narrowly wide, also Yardley and Bemrose tested keeper Keiron. For Y’s David Lees was the puppet master, as the singer looked to get a tune out of his resolute team. With Mike Caldwell at the helm, blacks keeper Bradshaw had to be vigilant, of the clear and present danger. The second half saw the dangerous Joe Bemrose join the Y’s. After soaking up early pressure blacks got their noses in front. After a relatively quiet first half, the returning Terry Bertenshaw struck with a goal of true quality. Beating two men , his strike from his unfavoured right foot left keeper Keiron with little chance. New decade , same old Bertenshaw, but could Y’s respond. They had been stretching the blacks defence with some excellent passing. When Joe Bemrose picked the ball up on the left hand side of the “D” , there was only going to be one result, a bulging blacks net. Moments later blacks came close to re-taking the lead , a buoyant Bertenshaw seeng his effort tipped onto the post by Keiron. Both teams looked for a winner, which would have been an injustice , as this game was as equal as they come. Two runs each, and minor contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce who had an excellent game.
Black’s – 1 -Bertenshaw
Yellows -1- Bemrose
Curzon , December 23rd….
IT’S A WHITE CHRISTMAS, AS STEWART SLEIGHS THE YELLOWS
Given the pre -match heavy rain, and the big day looming, we had a tree-endous turnout of fourteen, with the prestigious Darren Sullivan trophy going to the winner’s. Plains boasted a strong line up, with the silver assassin Stewart White returning leading their line. The first half was fairly equal, as the two scrooge like defences held firm. Though plains had a flurry of shots at goal, Kevin in Y’s goal, performed well. White had a present of a chance to put plains ahead, but miscued from close range. Y’s counter attacked well with Chris and Joe Bemrose a threat upfront. Early in the second half plains took the lead. A quickly taken free kick, saw White’s angled drive, beat Andy Truett in the Y’s goal. Y’s looked like they could be in for a stuffing, as plains eyed up the silverware. However the goal only stirred the Y’s into a gutsy fightback, as they looked to level. Pete Smith, Bemrose and Brereton brought the best out of Bradshaw , as the Y’s battled
At the other end , the post was struck, and Truett pulled off an excellent save to deny White. Y’s were given ample Bradshaw time by which to find an equaliser, but just came up short. So it was White who proved to be the Grinch who stole the win for plains
Thanks to ref/goalie Mark Bradshaw.
Plains – 1 – White
Yellows – 0
December 20th. Curzon….
The penultimate domestic session, before the festive break, was a 7 v 7, multi touch game. Yellows looked strong from the off, creating a number of early chances. With Mike “Harrier” Caldwell hovering around the “d” , it was only a matter of time before a game came. In fact two came for Mike in quick succession, off his £10m toe. Y’s Keith Yardley went close to adding a third midway through the half , firing narrowly wide . Mark Bradshaw refereeing from the Y’s goal, had only one difficult save to make in the first half. Plains looked good going forward, with Lees, Cuthbert and Pete Smith catching the eye, but had to rely on long range efforts. In plains goal Mike Keiron had to be at his best to deny further efforts from Sullivan and Brereton. Y’s David Partington was relishing his midfield role , doing his usual Fred Astaire magic feet moves, through the plains defence. On a hat trick the luckless Caldwell hit the post twice. In truth Y’s missed a sackful of chances to stretch their lead. Plains had a number of good efforts on goal, but Bradshaw was equal to them. To their credit plains fought till the end, but couldn’t find a way through a strong Y’s defence. Thanks to player/ref Mark Bradshaw.
Yellows – 2 – Caldwell
Plains – 0
Curzon, December 16 th. 2019 (time is flying – Ed)
With a few late arrivals, we had a total of twenty one player’s this morning, many eager to make up for Friday’s cancelled game at the Nash. Playing to the three touch format, plains had the man advantage, in an already strong looking team. Though both teams looked good going forward, chances were scarce, as defences held the upper hand. Mark Bradshaw in the yellows goal was the busier of the two keepers in an even first half. Going forward Ys lacked the killer final ball, to trouble a solid plains back line. After a tackle re-shuffle, and the utilisation of the latest in depth scientific analysis of their first half short comings, yellows flew out of the blocks. In their first foray forward, Partington played a cute ball into Brereton . The ball bonced up nicely for the striker, who unleashed a sweet left foot strike that was out of Mike Keirons reach, going in off the post, thus justifying his choice of pink footwear. Plains with John Smith, Wingrove, Bemrose , Caldwell and Adams pushed Y’s back for long periods of the second half. But Y’s defence of Foster, Sullivan and Pete Smith restricted them to long range efforts , which rarely troubled Bradshaw. The congested final thirds ensured there would be no further goals. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce, and the enthusiastic crowd of Alan Richards and Barry Thickett.
Yellows – 1 – Brereton
Plains – 0
Thanks Trevor. Glad to act as ball boy once again. Shame both sides were not in bibs – feel that’s going backwards in an organisational sense. Too many on the one pitch in my view but well done to Garry for keeping order and to all for accepting three touch the way to go in those circumstances. Ed.
Curzon December 6th. 2019…
For the most part we got off lightly weather wise, for today’s 8 v 8
With no ref it was left to Mark Bradshaw to oversee proceedings from the blues goal. In an equal first period chances were few and far between. Yellows best chance came when Keith Yardley received the ball on the edge of the “d”, but failed to make a firm contact on the ball. Blues took the lead with their first real chance. Mick Adams firing a low shot into the bottom right hand corner of Dave Fielding’s goal. Yellows attempts were either wide , or comfortably saved by the feet of Bradshaw. The second half saw yellows edge possession and chances. Blues used their share of possession well though, moving the ball quickly with David Lees in fine form. Blues scored a second, Alan Brodie breaching the yellows defence, and scoring a disputed goal. Yellows fought back well , with Sullivan, and Bemrose a threat. Yardley went close , only to see his close range effort drift narrowly wide of the post. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Blues – 2 – Adams, Brodie
Yellows – 0
Curzon December 2nd. 2019….
It was an 8 v 8 today, with yellows edging it by the odd goal. Playing the multi touch format, the game was end to end for much of the time. Blues went close early on , when John Smith’s close range effort hit the post, before being stopped on the line by David Partington. Yellow’s had the better of the first half , as Blues had Mike Kieran to thank for keeping out fine efforts from Mike Caldwell and Darren Sullivan. Into the second half , in a game where it appeared that the first goal would be vital. Yellow’s defence held firm as Steve Wingrove and Martyn Heath looked for any weaknesses. Caldwell was the focal point of the Yellow’s attack, and after spurning a number of scoring opportunities, he tried to kick himself and missed. ( 🙂 – Ed.)
However, when Foster put Mike through late in game, he took his chance. His miscued effort from the edge of the ” D” sneaked inside Kieran’s near post. Once again tight angle Mike proving to be the match winner. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Yellows – 1 – Caldwell
Blues – 0
Curzon, Nov 25th
The rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the assembled nineteen players, playing three touch . Blues utilised their numerical advantage, gaining more possession, and keeping the O’s on the back foot, for large periods of the game. Despite creating a number of decent chances in the first half, blues couldn’t press home their advantage. The closest they came , was a low Mike Caldwell effort, that Mike Keiron did well to turn away. The second half saw blue’s continue to see more of the ball, and eventually take the lead. Brereton cleverly playing the ball off the defender’s leg, and finding the corner of the net. O’s came back strongly, with Keith Yardley showing some nice touches, Steve Wingrove looking threatening, and Darren Sullivan creative in their midfield. Blues defence held their shape, Foster commanding, and “Long Lost Family’s ” Fielding brothers making a lethal defensive pairing. Mike Caldwell went close to doubling blue’s lead, as did John Smith and Joe Bemrose. Blues went into a commanding lead , when Brereton found the bottom corner from close range. O’s had been on two runs for a large part of game, before a third lead to an inevitable penalty. This was converted by Brereton, whose effort Keiron got a hand to , but couldn’t keep out. Commiserations to the Os, who made it an enjoyable game. Thanks to Garry Pearce, who had a good game ,given the number of player’s, and the three touch format.
Blues – 3 – Brereton (3)
Oranges – 0
Thanks Trevor…your second goal today was superbly taken – Ed.
Curzon , Nov 22nd…
It was an 8 v 8 today , as oranges took on the blues. O’s carried a threat from the start, moving the ball well, and using their greater mobility to press the blues. Mark Bradshaw in the blues goal , was busy, but not truly tested. Going forward blues came up against a strong O’s defence, marshalled by Steve Foster. O’s David Partington was key to his team’s attacking options, which came to fruition , midway through the half.
The dangerous Keith Yardley, giving his team a deserved lead, with an emphatic finish from the edge of the box. O’s ‘keeper Mike Kieran going through the half largely untroubled. The second half saw blue’s up their game, gaining more possession, and looking more threatening in the final third. Straight from the kick off Kieran saved well from Brereton’s long range effort. Blues Mick, Kevin, and Alan Brodie were having more effect as their team looked for an equaliser. Blues Tipping was getting in on the act, beating two men , before firing wide.
O’s were displaying some slick passing moves, but Mike Taylor was on top of his game, and Dave Fielding was an anchor at the back. With five minutes remaining Kieran produced a fine save low down to his right from Brereton.
With the seconds ticking away, Foster and Partington urged their team to keep possession, and play the game out. However a defensive lapse saw the ball fall to Brereton, who fired the ball high into the net , with the last kick of the game.
Goals were at a premium again, with on the balance of play , a draw being a fair result. Thanks to player/referee Keith Burrows
Oranges – 1- Yardley
Blues – 1 – Brereton
Curzon, Nov 1st.
Curzon, August 9th 2019
“It was great to have a stand in referee that was good, fair and totally in control throughout the game. Very well done Alan.” — Anonymous
Curzon, July 26th
Curzon , July 22nd…
photo album on Flickr: ‘Finding space’ <click>
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in the news, there are remarkable parallels to be drawn, between that event and todays game. The “atmosphere ” was electric as the game kicked off. Blues were on a “mission ” from the start, displaying tremendous “craft ” in oranges final third. When blues were awarded a penalty (ingress ), Mike Conroy took “one small step”, and unleashed a “rocket “, that even Dave Partington couldn’t keep out. Blues were finding plenty of “space” on the flanks , as they took ” control “of the game. Oranges relied heavily on the “heavenly body” of Brereton, and their very own ‘Buzz Lightyear’ Dave Fielding, to test the blues defence. As half time approached, blues were good value for their narrow lead. Early in the second half Joe Bemrose decided to ‘launch’ one that soared like an ‘eagle’, but went narrowly wide. Blues edged possession, and Partington had to be at his brilliant best to deny Woz Taylor. The message for O’s was clear “Houston we have a problem “.
Sheer lunar-cy – Ed…:-)
(Personally thought the O’s were in yellow but I’m colour blind so would never have made an Astronaut! – Ed.) I can take colour photo’s though and there will be a link later. 🙂
Curzon July 19th…
Curzon , July 15th
HAD TO HAPPEN ONE DAY – ELEVEN V. ELEVEN ! – Trevor’s latest bulleting from the Nash!
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Curzon, July 12th.
Curzon , July 8th….
Curzon, July 5th
Curzon, July 1st
Another bumper attendance this morning, as blues took on an orange team boasting a wealth of defensive talent. With their first real chance , oranges went ahead, a low cross from Foster was turned in by Brereton. Oranges were moving the ball slightly better than blues, and went close again, Brereton crossing for Foster, who’s shot went narrowly wide. The pace of the game was too quick for referee Pearce, with both teams on two runs as half time approached. Blues looked to the midfield engine of Hampson and Bemrose,
and dual threat of Wingrove and John Smith up front. As the second half got underway, regular defenders Partington, Nixon and Colin Fielding bolstered oranges attack. Young Tyler in the oranges goal , was putting in a nerveless performance, to maintain his teams lead. Midway through the second half , oranges were awarded a penalty, (3 runs). Brereton stepped up, and beat Bradshaw low to his left. Blues Burrows and Richards were among the pick of their team , as they looked for a way back. Oranges were awarded a second penalty (foul judged careless/reckless ), but this was missed as Brereton shot straight at Bradshaw. Oranges Nixon had a golden opportunity, but seeing the possible headline in “Brereton’s bulletin “, shot tamely wide. Late in the game blues were awarded a pen (again for a careless reckless foul) , which was neatly slotted away by the reliable Mike Conroy. There were to be no more goals, as oranges held on for the win. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Oranges – 2 – Brereton (2), (1 pen)
Blues – 1 – Conroy (pen)
(Alopogies for the photographic failure – Ed.)
Curzon , June 28th….
Curzon June 24th….NUMBERS UP !
It was heartening to see a much improved attendance, for this mornings clash, between the blues and oranges, under grey skies. Mutterings of a possible three touch encounter were quickly dispelled. This 9 v 9 saw the welcome return of Alan Richards, after a long lay off , and an introduction to the game for John Horton .
Oranges – Brereton (pen)
Curzon, June 17th
Curzon , June 14th
Friendly V. North West England June 12th. 2019
A strongish looking Amblers squad faced what was on paper our stiffest ever task, against the W.F.A.’s North West England regional team, and so it proved. A sizeable crowd watched on as referee Garry Pearce got proceedings underway.
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It was evident early on that N.W. had spent many hours on the training pitch, fine tuning their pass and move game. N.W. were guilty of running on numerous occasions early on, something that referee Pearce strongly discouraged. N.W. were in the ascendancy, and Partington’s hands were warmed, after a powerful shot from distance. Amblers main danger came from Bradshaw, who tested the visitors keeper with a couple of left foot drives.
N.W. made the breakthrough, with a long range effort that went in the bottom right hand corner of Partington’s net. Amblers struggled to find space, as N.W. England’s tight marking and organisation limited their attacking intentions. As half time approached N.W. scored a second, to leave Amblers with a mountain to climb.
Half-time 0 : 2
We started the second half well, and quickly reduced the deficit. Woz Taylor picking up the ball on the right, and with seemingly nothing on , whipped in a tremendous shot from a tight angle, beating the keeper in his top right hand corner. However Ambler’s joy was short lived,as N.W. quickly re-gained a two goal advantage. John Smith was putting in a hell of a shift, along with controlling substitutions , as Amblers looked for a way back.
A trademark Bradshaw effort, that looked all over a goal, brought a stunning save from the N.W. keeper. As we applied more pressure, Taylor again gave us a lifeline, with another powerful strike.
Amblers had the momentum, and England were plainly rattled . Bradshaw put Brereton through, and he beat the keeper to his right. We were level ! Just moments later Mark Bradshaw again brought the best out of the England keeper, who was magnificent on the day.
Amblers contained the remaining England threat, Tipping marshalling his defence , as our opponents tired. Partington made a great save at one end, but at the other Amblers had a late chance to win the game, when Foster was one on one with keeper, who made yet another fine save. As Referee Pearce blew the final whistle Amblers could count themselves a little unlucky not to have won the game.
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- With our “friendlies” well into double figures now , the invincibles unbeaten run continues, with encouraging signs for the future. This one was played in a good spirit, by two equally matched teams. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce, who had a fine game.
Amblers – 3 – Taylor (2), Brereton
N.W England – 3
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Curzon Ashton June 10th
HONE SWEET HONE FOR BRADSHAW as TREVOR BRERETON REPORTS…
With numbers increasing as the eleventh hour approached, so a 7 v 7 clash ensued. Both oranges and blues created decent opportunities in a evenly balanced first half. Oranges Wingrove brought a fine save from Mark Bradshaw at one end, while Brereton tested Benito Lowe at the other.
Orange’s Bemrose went close, as his team edged possession and chances. Blues Taylor was a constant threat, but even as half time approached it appeared that only one goal would be enough to settle this game.
In order to hone Bradshaw’s outfield skills, for the Nash’s imminent N.W. England friendly fixture , both keepers were replaced in the second half. Blues were quick to benefit from this change as Brereton fed Taylor, who kept his calm to slot the ball past a diving Nixon from close range.
Blues second was a carbon copy of their first, again Taylor on the left of the “d” with a cool finish past Nixon. Blues third, and the goal of the game , was classic Bradshaw. Picking the ball up in oranges final third, he casually unleashed a rocket, curling away from Nixon and nestling in the corner of the net. Hopefully happy snapper Alan Richards shutter speed was correctly set to pick that one up.
In a half littered with great goals, oranges Benito pulled one back , firing in a terrific low shot from an acute angle. When oranges looked to be finding a way back in the game, blues added a fourth. Taylors low cross from the left found Bradshaw who had made a strong walk from the halfway line, and made no mistake from close range. Oranges replied with another great finish, this time Wingrove finding the corner of the net with a perfect strike. As oranges looked to set up a grandstand finish, blues keeper Dave Fielding pulled off a string of vital saves, with his hands and feet, and using the benefit of his fuller figure to deny oranges. When oranges were awarded a penalty (3 runs) , Fielding denied Wingrove with a fine save to his right.
It was certainly a breath-taking second, where Walking football was the winner. Only minor contact and a few runs in a game that was played in a good spirit. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 4 – Taylor (2), Bradshaw (2)
Oranges – 2 – Lowe, Wingrove
Curzon May 10th.
THE FLAMINGO AND THE BUNNY…
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Orange’s Caldwell held the ball up well, and went close from tight angles, as Bradshaw saved with his feet. Blues edged possession, as defender’s Foster, and the Van Dijk (Dick) of his team Dave Fielding supported their attack.. Only good organisation , tight marking, and the ever reliable Partington, prevented blues from finding a way through.
Curzon May 3rd
Just nine amblers this morning, along with Mark Bradshaw, but still enough for a decent game as we avoided the worst of the rain. Blues came out on top, mainly due to Bradshaw’s agility between the sticks. Blues went closest early on , hitting the post. Soon after, they took the lead. Brereton in acres of space found the back of the net. Hampson in black shorts, socks and trainers, like a less scary Mike Tyson, doubled the Blue lead with a well taken goal. Oranges replied with a cracker from David Lees but Blues restored their two goal cushion through Hampson as he notched a brace.
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- Shortly after half time with wife Karen looking on, Joe Bemrose scored from an acute angle. (Tight Angle Joe? -Ed) …Oranges had plenty of possession and attempts on goal, but Bradshaw, a man for the big occasion, saved well from Lees, Cuthbert, and Caldwell.
- Brereton added blues fourth and fifth goals, with Brodie scoring their sixth. All in all it was a good game, played in a great spirit, with good football played by both teams. No referee today, thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
- (thanks for that Trevor, and well done on your hat trick – Ed).
Blues – 6 – Hampson 2, Brereton 3, Brodie
Oranges – 2 – Lees, Bemrose
Curzon 26th April. 2019
A lower turnout than usual today, not helped by Wednesday’s F.P.L. The teams selected by Mark Bradshaw looked pretty equal, and so it proved. There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, Brereton rattled the bar for yellows, while Caldwell was a constant threat for blues. Yellows Pete Smith was influential for his team, as was Brodie, with his dangerous walks on the left. Blues Mr.Consistency Stephen Hampson was a handful, along with Dave Fielding solid defending, ball winning, energetic, in fact a bit of a “Kante”. The game was truly end to end , and it looked inevitable that one goal would be enough to win it. Pete Smith hit a superb strike that was bound for the top corner, but Bradshaw was across in a flash, to palm it away. Brereton hit a low drive that cannoned off the post, as yellows went closer. The vital breakthrough came from blues Foster midway through the second half. A defence splitting pass put Steve through, and he calmly finished from a tight angle. Yellows pushed for an equaliser, but came up against a tight, compact blues defence. Late on Brereton had a chance, but fired narrowly wide. Well done to the blues, in what was a most enjoyable game, as we avoided the worst of the rain. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 1 – Foster
Trevor paints pictures for us with his words, here’s one of the man himself !
A portrait penned by Terry Harrison…