Gaz’s Gazette

Referee and former Goalkeeper Garry Pearce’s regular spot on the site for match reports and opinion.

Garry Pearce

August 16th. 2019

It’s raining MEN !

Eleven real men and a referee braving the unrelenting rain at the Nash this morning.
Yellows started with the extra man and after two disallowed goals for running offences, they took the lead with a fine, controlled strike from Martin. They added to that with a sweet hit from Player of the Year  Dave Fielding shortly afterwards. The five man blues team then reduced the arrears with a tidy finish from Terry Bertenshaw,  just before half time.
Andy Truett changed sides at the break and the difference became apparent as the now six man blues soon levelled things up when Terry scored his second. Joe Bemrose then scored with one his trademark strikes , before another Terry goal, off the back of keeper Mike Kieran, put Blues further ahead. Dave Fielding then went off with a dead leg, resulting in Andy changing teams again. Yellows then had a chance to get back into the match, when they were awarded a penalty after three runs. Pete Smith struck the ball legally and firmly but yet another great save by Party kept the shot out. Pete Jarvis then rounded off the scoring for the Blues to end a really soggy but entertaining morning.

Final score: Blues 5 v 2 Yellows.

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12th.August 2019…

Seven a side, Blacks v Oranges on the near pitch today. Started off way too quickly and it wasn’t long before both sides had two runs each. This seemed to concentrate everyone’ s mind somewhat and to be fair the game settled down. The scoring was opened for the blacks when Terry hit a firm shot that ‘keeper Mike did well to parry but Terry reacted the quickest and put away the loose ball into the roof of the net. Oranges drew level in the second half, when Steve Hampson was put through, he made no mistake, curling a neat right footed shot past the exposed Party in the Blues net.

The game was fairly level, with lots of neat moves from both sides. The issue was finally settled when Terry again had a sight of goal, making no mistake and giving the ‘keeper no chance. With five minutes to go the Oranges did their best to get back on level terms again but it was never to be, blacks just shading it and probably, on balance, a fair result.

Final Score@ Blacks 2 v 1 Oranges


5th.August 2019…

Fresh from  a W.F.A. Referee course in Wakefield where he assisted , and just  a day after Refereeing N.W. England v. N.E. England games at King Street Garry Refereed one of our games today. He’s a good judge , is Garry… and here is his summing up…

Not that much to say about the six v seven game today, save that there were chances at both ends, there could and should have been goals in the game.
Overall blues were the livelier team and yet again Mike Keiron denied them on several occasions, most notably when stopping a couple of firmly struck efforts from John Smith.
The Oranges were no push overs though and were well prompted by the mobile Gordon Nixon.

Nixon: mobile prompter

Towards the end, Oranges had a couple of clear chances the best of which fell to Keith Yardley , he was clear of the blues defenders and although he did everything else right, his final shot went just past Peter Atkinson’s (?)  right hand post.
A good game, played in the best spirit, only two runs and a similar number of contacts, unfortunately no goals but that’s football!


29th.July 2019…

Quick report on today’s game at the Nash:
9 v 9 using the bigger goals and playing across the pitch to the usual length.
Thankfully running was mostly curtailed today, only two given in the whole game. Lots more ‘on the edge’ but to be honest, not affecting play for the most part. There was however a fair bit of contact today and it was after one such foul near the area, that a penalty was awarded.

Up stepped John Smith to despatch the kick for the Blues past a diving Dave Partington.
Yellows pressed hard and eventually after a smart move, Martyn Heath slotted neatly past Mike Kieran. A couple more saves from Mike kept the score level, probably Yellows just shaded it but a close game.

Final score : Blues 1 (Smith pen) v 1 Yellows (Heath)


20th.May 2019


Pleasant weather for our Six-a-side at the Nash this morning, with Benito (who’s looking after us whilst Mark’s away) in goal for the Oranges. The first half was full of action, and Oranges opened the scoring when John Smith danced through a couple of Blues defenders and put a smart shot past Gordon Nixon in the Blues goal. Blues were then awarded a penalty when Pete stepped into the area to play a back pass. Steve Wingrove stepped up, his first shot was blocked by Benito but Steve put away the rebound.

Blues were awarded a second penalty when Joe Bemrose was denied a goal scoring opportunity by a challenge called as a foul, as he was about to shoot. Once again Steve Wingrove stepped up. His shot struck the post and came back into play where Steve unfortunately got a nick on the ball, before Joe B put his shot past Benito. The goal was disallowed as the eagle-eyed John Smith saw Steve’s second touch before the ball had touched another player.

The second half was nowhere near as eventful and although Oranges stroked the ball around in a confident manner, with some decent shots, they were unable to make a breakthrough as the blues rear guard stood firm.

A, good competitive game played in the right spirit, only two runs in total.

Final score: Blues 1 v 1 Oranges.


13th. May 2019….


as Garry reports…

Eight a side at the Nash on a glorious May morning, Blues v Oranges.

Fairly level in terms of possession but Blues were the more adventurous and Gordon Nixon in the Oranges goal was much busier than Mark Bradshaw in the Blues net. The scoring was opened by Pete Smith when he followed in a crisp shot that was originally saved well by Nixon, but rebounded to Pete, who put the ball into the empty net. The blues second came courtesy of new man, Jeff Barnes, tucking away a sweet left foot strike that beat Nixon at his near post.

Things could have been even worse for the Oranges when a penalty was awarded against them for three running offences, Jeff Barnes took the penalty but prior to the whistle, and although Nixon saved it, a retake was necessary, which Nixon duly saved again. Blues did have some more, mostly long ranges attempts and although Oranges put in a shift, marshalled by the hardworking John Smith, Bradshaw was relatively untroubled in the Blues goal.

A few bits of contact but a good game, played in a great spirit.”

Final score: Blues 2 v 0 Oranges.

“Really enjoyed the game this morning some good flowing football from both sides and light hearted banter. Great crowd of blokes. Well refereed by Mr Garry Pearce” -Keith Burrows