Brereton’s Bulletins

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.

Curzon, August 9th 2019

After all the hype and the passing of transfer deadline day, it was finally time for the blues to face the yellows in a 7 v  7.  Y’s made a lot of the early walking,  and took the lead , with a fine Joe Bemrose strike, that flashed past goalkeeper Steve Foster.  Blues looked to Pete Smith and Dave Fielding for attacking inspiration.  Y’s Colin Cuthbert worked tirelessly in midfield,  as they looked comfortable with half time approaching. The second half saw Bradshaw take the gloves for blues,  and Gordon Nixon taking up position in the Y’s goal. Colin Fielding bolstered the blues attack, displaying the full gamut of his talents. With Foster also pushing forward blues enjoyed the lions share of possession. With Y’s Mike Caldwell going off injured,  blues looked to take advantage of having the extra man. When Y’s were awarded a penalty (3 runs), the reliable Conroy flamingoed forward, but struck his kick wide. Y’s were once again at full strength when they were joined by a youngster in goal.  Blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs which was taken by Dave Fielding.  I for one would have bet Dave’s house on him finding the back of the net. However his strike was too close to said youngster ?, who gratefully held on to his shot. The game was put to bed when Conroy evaded the blues defence, and fired past Bradshaw  A few runs today, and too many clumsy challenges.  Not that that bothered Devonian Dave,  “ee’s as ‘ard as a ‘duge eed”.Many thanks to referee Alan Richards.
Yellows – 2 – Bemrose,  Conroy
Blues – 0
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“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

 

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Curzon,  July 26th

An excellent turnout today,  meant an eleven v  eleven,   with the larger goals. Yellows forward line included Player of the Year Dave Fielding,  and judging by all the good wishes he received,  the award couldn’t have gone to a nicer gay. Blues started well, and went close, as a Mike Conroy effort hit the post. Y’s had an equal share of possession,  and midway through the first half , took the lead.  Brereton’s ground hugging effort,  beating Mark Bradshaw.  Blues were unlucky not to equalise,  when another Conroy strike hit the post. Only the brilliance of Mike Kieran denied blues a deserved equaliser  Y’s could count themselves lucky to have a slender lead at half time.
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The second half saw blues dominate the game,  with wave after wave of attacks where Bertenshaw,  Wingrove  and White,  we’re ably supported by Partington and Conroy,  as they took the game to  yellows.  Danny Tipping and David Lees were steadfast in there defending, as blues looked for an equaliser. Blues went mighty close with another effort that hit the post, and when Kieran spilled the ball onto the crossbar. Y’s  struggled to get out of their own half, leaving Joe Bemrose,  and  Dave Fielding , who was sweating like Fred West watching  ” Ground Force”, isolated up front.  Somehow Yellows survived  till the final whistle,  to take a
workmanlike, and fortuitous win. Well done to referee Garry Pearce , who with twenty two players to control, did so admirably.
Yellows – 1 – (Brereton)
Blues  – 0

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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 “.

 The ‘gravity’ of the situation wasn’t lost on O’s Nixon and Colin Fielding  who worked hard to  get their team back on level terms. Blues were nearly brought back down to ‘earth’ when Brereton fired narrowly wide. Blues were in full ‘flight’ , and had it not been for their ‘star’ player Partington,  who denied further efforts from Yardley,  Taylor and Conroy,  O’s would have suffered a ‘crater’ defeat As it was blues were over the ‘moon’ with their win.  To en’capsulate’ the game,  blues deserved the win, for their  superior goal threat. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce. ‘Roger’ and out.
Blues – 1 – Conroy  (pen)
Oranges – 0

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. 🙂 

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Curzon July 19th…

A very enjoyable game was had , as six oranges, took on a team of five plains. With the rain persisting it down, conditions were tricky,  but both teams played some excellent  walking football. After squandering a few early chances plains took the lead through Brereton. Oranges replied,  before plains re-gained the lead. O’s were utilising the extra man to great effect,  and drew level shortly before half time. O’s Colin Fielding and his lad big Dave, supported the in form Keith Yardley, and the prolific Woz Taylor.  Plains Bertenshaw and Brereton combined well,  as they took a 4 – 2 lead. They had further chances , Alan Brodie cutting in from the right and testing Mark Bradshaw, and Brereton hitting the bar. Oranges roared back with two goals,  as the game hung in the balance.  For plains Danny Tipping chose his moments to push forward, as plains  moved up a gear.  Bertenshaw put them ahead for the fourth  time . Then the upholsterer covered himself in glory, dribbling the ball from inside his own half, beating four men and calmly finishing past Bradshaw,  to make it 6 -4. Oranges were not done though,  as Andy Truett strode forward,  and fired a great shot past Mike Kieran.  A late effort from Oranges brought a flying save from Kieran, to deny them an equaliser. No referee this morning,  and not surprising given the elements,  the game was played at a quicker pace than usual,  without getting silly.
Thanks to Mark Bradshaw for taking today’s session.
Plains – 6- Bertenshaw  (3), Brereton  (3)
Oranges – 5- Taylor (2),  D Fielding  (2), Truett
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Curzon , July 15th

HAD TO HAPPEN ONE DAY – ELEVEN V. ELEVEN !  – Trevor’s latest bulleting from the  Nash!

Following yesterday’s thrilling day of sport,  the  excitement continued in this morning’s eleven v eleven at the Nash with larger goals than normal.  Blues got off to the best possible start , through Keith Yardley.  His confident strike from distance nestled in Kieran’s top right hand corner inside thirty seconds. Worse was to follow for Oranges,  as Brereton doubled the blues lead, and Yardley converted from the spot , following an ingress into the “D”. O’s were shell shocked,  and struggled to gain any momentum. With  the solidity of Dave Partington,  Dave Fielding and  Andy Truett at the back, blues were seldom troubled in the first half. To make matters worse,  Bradshaw continued to show promise,  as he fired a low drive past Kieran to make it four for blues. Blues Brodie was heavily involved,  as was Richards rocking a bandana,  and putting in a swashbuckling performance. 
As for O’s  they had to batten down the hatches,  waiting for the half time whistle.
In light of the scoreline,  a few transfers were made at half time, most notably Bradshaw moving to the Oranges. It didn’t take Bradshaw long to make an impact,  as he fired a missile past keeper Partington.  As blues defence came under pressure,  Bradshaw got his brace,  with another unstoppable effort.  Bemrose,  Hampson and Conroy pushed forward, testing an increasingly busy Partington a number of times.  Bradshaw sensed Blues were uneasy and he was proven right when their lead was reduced to a solitary goal when he completed his hat trick.
Blues were rocking now , and had few opportunities to create anything of their own, as the O’s onslaught continued.   Much to their relief blues were awarded a penalty ( 3 runs), and a chance to cement the win. Young Sean stepped forward and slotted past Kieran.
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What a game, a great advert for walking football , just a few runs and contacts today.  Good to see Keith Burrows, Alan Graham  and Barry Thicket in attendance.  Plus usual spectator George Fieldhouse. Thanks to  referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 5 – Yardley  (2), Brereton,  Bradshaw,  Sean (pen)
Oranges 3 – Bradshaw  (3)
Today’s teams
Thanks Trevor – and welcome to Denton WFG to Keith Yardley who ‘signed on for the King Street outfit today despite never having played in  a D.W.F.G. session ! His Nash loyalties are beyond doubt though, as today he agreed to player/manage the Ambler’s team in the August 20th. novelty games Festival in the absence of John Smith. No doubt drawing on the experience of Dan Tipping (if available)and others in the small squad – can they win it three years on the er….trot (?) 🙂
~( welcome aboard Keith – Ed.)
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Curzon,  July 12th.

There was no shortage of quality in this mornings game, with a cornucopia of talent on both sides. Early on blues looked the more dangerous,  their greater mobility ensuring oranges defence had to be at their best. Sean in the O’s goal saved from Taylor,  Brereton and Conroy,  as blues looked for a breakthrough. On the stroke of half time blues took the lead,  Taylor received the ball on the edge of the “D” , swivelled,  and rifled the ball into the net. For O’s Bertenshaw and White were linking up well, but it was Alan Brodie who was having goal attempts.  Taylor increased blues lead,  just managing to stay out of the ‘D’, and whipping the ball past Sean. Blues were moving the ball well and carving open the O’s defence,  only typical resilience from Tipping and Dave Fielding holding blues at bay . The game was effectively over when Conroy swept the ball high into net from close range.
O’s kept their composure, and we’re rewarded with a consolation goal.  Stewart White wrote the final chapter, with an excellent solo effort firing a low shot into Bradshaw’s right hand corner. A few runs and minor contacts today,  but a game played in a good spirit. Thanks to Garry Pearce for refereeing.
Blues – 3 – Taylor (2), Conroy
Oranges – 1 – White
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Curzon , July 8th….

A dramatic climax in today’s game saw oranges grab a draw,  leaving blues feeling hard done by.  Blues had dominated the first half, both in terms of possession and chances.  However oranges had Sean the work experience teenager (14)  in goal. Blues Woz Taylor and Mike Conroy were left frustrated as Sean pulled off a number of tremendous saves, in a very impressive performance.  Following a fine diagonal ball from Cooper,  Oranges Wingrove found the side netting.  The O’s defence was better in the second half with Andy Truett the pick of their defenders. O’s  huffed and puffed,  but struggled to truly test Mike Keiran. Taylor went mighty close for blues,  his shot hitting the outside of the post. After knocking on the door for so long , blues finally broke through,  as an un-marked Alan Brodie fired high into the net.  Orange’s Sean pulled off another flying save from Woz , to keep his team in the game .These games are never over till the “fat lady sings”.
Dave Fielding was excellent at the back for blues,  along with Dave Partington.  With two mins remaining  following  a sloppy ball from Blues,  Wingrove strode forward and fired a powerful low drive past Keiron.  Oranges got out of jail,  but blues handed them the keys.
Little running or contact today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 1 – Brodie
Oranges – 1 – Wingrove
Nice concise report Trevor – (I missed it today- yes really !  Good to  see Mike Kieron at the Nash. Please bring your extra £1’s next time for the player of the year vote if you wish to see someone you really rate win this years award. – Ed. )
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Curzon,  July 5th

A bumper twenty one players took to the big pitch this morning,  including new man “Pete”. Blues started with the extra man, and it showed as they enjoyed much of the early possession.  After a period of sustained pressure blues took the lead , Brereton firing past Mike Keirnon. Blues Caldwells attempt from an acute angle,  could only find the side netting. Yardley for the blues was having a fine game , energetic and creative. Oranges had the ever dangerous Bertenshaw,  who struggled to find a clear opening,  largely due to fine defending by the blues.  In the second half oranges had the extra man , Alan Brodie. Oranges were enjoying more possession,  but we’re relying on long range attempts.  Mike Conroy  tested Bradshaw,  and a ripper from Bemrose went narrowly wide. Blues were awarded a penalty  (3 runs ), Wingrove converted emphatically  from the spot. The pick of blues attackers Yardley,  capped a fine performance with an excellent third goal.. Oranges displayed great fortitude as blues were firmly in control. Oranges were awarded a penalty  (foul), which was brilliantly despatched by Conroy,  sending Bradshaw the wrong way. From there on it was a case of ” that’s all she wrote”, as blues saw the game out. A few runs,  and a couple of robust challenges today. Thanks to referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 3 – Brereton,  Yardley,  Wingrove (pen)
Oranges – 1 – Conroy  (pen)
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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,

Referee Garry Pearce

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.)

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Curzon , June 28th….

There was little to choose between the sides this morning,  as the nine Orange men , faced a strong team of eight Blues.  Terry Bertenshaw celebrated his return with a precise finish for Blues early in the game.  Soon after that they  doubled their lead,  as the ever dangerous poacher/goal hanger Mike Caldwell slotted past Ben Bemrose. Oranges went close,  as David Partington saw his well struck shot cannon back off Bradshaw’s post.  Back to full fitness, Keith Yardley reduced the deficit for Oranges shortly before half time. His super left foot strike flew into Bradshaw’s right hand corner,  a memorable goal.
The game was end to end, with chances for both teams. Blues Woz Taylor,  brought the best out of Ben Bemrose,  who was in inspired form.  Blues Wingrove was influential,  as was his team mate Dave Fielding,  back from his holidays.  Orange’s Partington looked to get forward at every opportunity,  and had a terrific effort from distance, but again was unfortunate to see his shot hit the post.   Despite their best efforts, Oranges couldn’t find the killer ball to unlock a tight Blues defence. Young Bemrose thwarted the Blues late on , to cap a fine performance  between the sticks. Blues edged it , though Oranges more than played their part,  in an even enjoyable game.
There was  no  referee today,  but no drama to report either.
Thanks to Mark Bradshaw. .
Blues – 2 – Bertenshaw,  Caldwell
Oranges – 1 – Yardley
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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 .

New man : John Horton
Like many of our large numbered games,  chances were few,  and defences reigned for much of the game. The Blues made a fast start, a little too fast, conceding a penalty midway through the first  half (3 runs).  The resulting penalty was neatly tucked away by Brereton,  past a static Bradshaw.  Just before half time , Orange’s conceded a penalty  (3 runs). Joe Bemrose stepped forward,  his shot hitting the inside of the post, and going in off keeper Partington’s shoulder.
Half-time- Blues 1, Oranges 1
Oranges showed more attacking prowess as the second half got underway,  though they were limited to long range efforts.  Partington was tested a number of times,  efforts from Wingrove,  Bemrose and Brodie were well held by the veteran keeper. Blues Richards was a menace,  finding space on the left, and never afraid to “shoot from the hip” ☺. Orange’s Lake and Truett were unflappable  , as Blue’s looked the more likely to find a breakthrough. Orange’s Nixon was solid in defence,  creative in midfield,  and dangerous upfront,  the only role he didn’t take was that of referee.  Neither team could find a winner, which would have been unfair anyway.  There were a few runs,  and a few robust challenges,  but that has to be expected,  given the large number of players.  Referee Garry Pearce was firm but fair,  for which we thank him.
Blues – 1 – Bemrose  (pen)

Oranges – Brereton  (pen)

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Curzon , June 21st
Another enjoyable game today at the Nash today,  as numerically advantaged purples (8), took on the yellows (7). There was little to choose between the sides in the first half, as clear cut chances were few. Purple’s kept the ball well, but yellow’s defence coped admirably with purple’s dynamic Heywood duo of John Smith and Steve Wingrove.  What yellows lacked in numbers, they made up for in mobility,  Hampson’s heat map was hotter than the summer sky. The returning Stewart White for yellows played to his strengths, holding the ball up , and looking to play in Brereton.  The only goal of a close first half saw White find Brereton,  who’s shot squeezed in Ben Bemrose’s near post.
Half time : Yellows – 1 : Purples – 0
Early in the second half Andy Truett’s effort hit the bar,  however the ball had descended from a great height before doing so. Purples defensive duo of Tipping and Foster worked hard to limit the space for yellows to penetrate. A tremendous effort from Tipping,  stung the hands of Bradshaw,  as his team pressed for an equaliser.  Yellows Rob Lake and Colin Fielding were solid at the back, along with Hampson,  a man who’s recently made the “who’s that ” list of walking footballers.  As the game ebbed and flowed,  yellow’s scored a second through Brereton.  Despite a valiant effort from purple’s,  it wasn’t their day, as yellows edged an excellent game. Good to see David Partington, in the unfamiliar role of spectator,  though he tried to gatecrash the match. Thanks to Garry Pearce for his sterling refereeing.
Yellows – 2 – Brereton  (2)
Purples – 0
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Curzon, June 17th

Two equally matched teams played out a five goal thriller this morning.  In the first half in the absence of Dave Partington ,  George Fieldhouse took the gloves for blues.  Yellows  edged the half, taking a 1-0 lead into half time, courtesy of a fine strike from Stephen Hampson    Yellows had a chance to increase their lead early in the second half,  when they were awarded a penalty. Bill Murney stepped forward,  but fired wide of blues second half keeper Bradshaw’s goal.
Blues soon capitalised when Andy Truett fired past Fieldhouse from distance. Blues took the lead with a scorcher from Foster then  added a third through the trusty left peg of Joe (the hammer) Bemrose. There was just time for Brereton to reduce the deficit for yellows,  as he scored when one on one with Bradshaw.  Thanks to Referee Garry Pearce.
Blues – 3- Truett,  Foster,  Bemrose
Yellows – 2- Hampson,  Brereton
(Get well soon ‘Party’  Ed. and all)
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Curzon , June 14th

Fortunately the  rain abated , by the time nine Ambler’s and Mark Bradshaw took to the  pitch this morning.  The team’s metaphorically traded blows early on, until Brereton fired oranges ahead , following a through ball from Pete Smith. Midway through the first half , due to an injury concern, Woz Taylor changed  from being  blues striker,  to oranges keeper,  and Bradshaw replaced him for the blues. Highlights of the first half included Joe Bemrose bringing a full length diving save from Taylor. Also Partington making a one handed save from Brereton . The second half saw Bradshaw take the gloves for blue’s,  and twinkle toes Partington take an outfield role for his team.  Oranges Mike Caldwell had gone close from a tight angle,  before beating Bradshaw from a central position.  Blues Tipping,  and the recoverd from injury Yardley kept the orange men busy, in search of a much needed goal. Partington un-shackled from keeper duties,  curled one narrowly wide, on one of his many mazy walks. Oranges scored a third , a goal made and scored by the impressive Hampson.  A fourth goal for oranges,  came from a neat finish from Pete Smith.  No referee today,  but no problems to report. Thanks to Mark Bradshaw.
Oranges – 4 – Brereton, Caldwell, Hampson,  P Smith
Blues -0
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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.

Strikeforce duo – Taylor (left) and Brereton

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.

Taylor , right. ‘Constant threat’

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.

Second half…

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.

off camera Taylor opens the scoring

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.

Goal of the game from distance

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.

Penalty saved !

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

All photo’s: Alan Richards

Curzon May 10th.

THE FLAMINGO AND THE BUNNY…

A close game this morning,  which could have gone either way,  however the draw was a fair result . In this 6 v 6  blues struck first,  as Hampson skipped past two defender’s,  before his unorthodox scoop nestled in the top bin. The sign’s weren’t good for oranges as blues Seddon and Duracell bunny Hampson’s pace , unsettled the orange defence.  Midway through the first half blues had accumulated three runs. Oranges go to penalty king Mike Conroy,  who  left Bradshaw with no chance,  as his inch perfect kick levelled the scores.. (presume a ‘pretty flamingo’? -Ed.)

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‘Duracell bunny’ – Steve Hampson

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.

‘Chief’ Brodie – tireless
Orange’s Brodie and Conroy worked tirelessly  , as blues superior mobility threatened what was a deserved draw for Orange’s. It was an enjoyable game, played in a good spirit, well refereed by Garry Pearce.
Blues – 1 – Hampson
Oranges – 1 – Conroy  (pen)
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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

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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
Yellows- 0

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Trevor paints pictures for us with his words, here’s one of the man himself !

A portrait penned by Terry Harrison…