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Sunday 22nd September 2018 : Funny old session at the Leisure Centre tonight with twelve of the lads rolling up. So six a side and first to ten goals each game. Well the Young Guns certainly did the business in tonight's session winning all three rubbers. The first game saw them runaway with a 10-2 score line with all outfield players finding the net. Anthony Graham was playing exceptionally well considering he's going on holiday next week, always tricky when you're going away negotiating the games avoiding injury. Anyway we decided to even the teams up and swapped Kelwyn Whittaker for Zsu Zsu Mastin so overloading the Young Guns with four pensioners - more like the old gits! Well that made little difference as the Young Guns chalked up another convincing victory by 10-4. This time Peter Greathead and Rick Westwood did most of the damage with Chris Anthony weighing in with a couple of corkers. For the Moaners, Ronnie Dooley was in fine form after his summer break, hid goal scoring getting better as the evening wore on. Graham Levine was clearly missing his Strollers team mates as he struggled to find the net only managing to slot one past me in the third game. Paulo fired in a brace in the third game but this didn't give the Moaners any joy as they went down 10-6. I managed to storm past the Mary's defence before whipping one into the far bottom corner in a rare outfield sortie. In fact my goalkeeping was much improved this week much to the relief of my team mates. Jonboy had a mixed night as did Frankie but Zsu Zsu Mastin who whipped in a pair of beauties past me in the first game, once he had slotted in to the Young Guns made a masterful contribution. Quite clearly Mary's Moaners missed the drive and youth of Chris Podmore so next week when he returns we will no doubt see a very different team.
Just on a serious note, Tony Moore had major surgery to his Aortic Artery on Friday and the operation was successful, on Saturday he was recovering I believe in Wythenshawe Hospital. I'll post more information as I get it. Here's hoping Tony has a speedy recovery.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Frank Pleszak
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Graham Levine
Ronnie Dooley

The Young Guns
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham
Peter Greathead
Malc Hough
Kelwyn Whittaker
Chris Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th September 2018 : Fast, furious footballicous five a side this evening. Ten players busting a gut for an hour and deifying the aging  process. Glorious goals, fabulous saves and classic passing. Both teams enjoyed the extra room on the pitch which has been missing from our recent 6 a side encounters. Paul Holmes started the match with an unstoppable brace, cancelled out moments later by two from inform Ronnie Dooley. Both matches this evening were played at high tempo with no quarter asked or given. The strollers had the luxury of Cameron Shaw who’s impish skill un picked the Moaners defence on more than one occasion. Pete Greathead once again showed his class with some precision finishes and last ditch tackles. Frank Pleszak was steady all night and popped up on the score sheet. Graham Levine’s shooting boots were on the right feet this evening as he powered home many a goal. Jonny boy Goodwin also stuck away a good few shots in these very close encounters. The first match ended 10-9 to the strollers. The final touch coming from Graham Levine after a long throw from Dave Brown. The ball skidding up off the surface and as Graham awkwardly tried to control with his back to goal, a wicked deflection off his boot took the ball past the hapless Pete Greathead in the Moaners goal.

The Final match went the same way as the first. Ronnie Dooley doing most of the damage, with Keith Mastin holding firm as goalkeeper. Paul Garner managed a couple of goals this match after his supporting role in the first rubber. Dave Brown blocked everything that was thrown at him as did Paul Holmes as the pressure on the Strollers goal increased. Breaking fast out of defence Graham Levine and Frank Pleszak took the game into sudden death. Pin Ball in the Strollers area 'till, Cameron Shaw pinched a stray pass and ran the length of the court to slot home the 7-6 winner. Really enjoyable session worth the entrance fee alone. Hopefully we will get a bumper turn out next week as players remember where they should be at 5.15pm on a Sunday .

Once again thanks to our overworked guest writer for yet another top report. Had to miss tonight's session due to a bad back but spare a thought for Paul Holmes who is suffering from a bad side - Derby County and West Ham come to mind.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Peter Greathead
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Ronnie Dooley

The Young Guns
Graham Levine
Paul Holmes
Cameron Shaw

Dave Brown
Frank Pleszak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 7th October 2018 : As suggested last week we should have had a bumper turnout this week but sadly the big game with City at Liverpool seems to have been a bigger attraction. Still eight of us managed to drag ourselves down and a brilliant session we managed between us. The first game went to the Strollers with myself and Kelwyn providing the bullets for Rick Westwood and Paul Holmes to fire home in a comfortable 10-07 win. As my failing legs started to errrrr, fail, Mary's Moaners took up the challenge and won a hard fought second game 10-9 with Rocket Ronnie lashing in the deciding goal. Both Jonboy and Chris Podmore were on the score-sheet in a game that Kelwyn, Paul and Rick worked their socks off covering for me in my attempt to play what the lads described as - walking football. So into the decider and with Chris Podmore and Rocket Ronnie putting in a huge effort the game ebbed and flowed like a Cumbrian flood. Jonboy added a couple of nifty goals to bring the score to 8-7 to the Strollers when our Hippie leader called for a Golden Goal. Kelwyn duly obliged and as we went to shake hands the old Cockney decided we still had time left so off we went again. That's when Paul Holmes stepped in taking a pass from Rick he wellied in the winner which ripped into the net like an Exocet missile, game over and 2-0 to the Strollers.

Well City managed a 0-0 at Anfield so the missing hoards never knew what they had missed!
Anthony Graham misses next week on his extended holiday and it's a three week countdown before Rick Westwood's round the world trip - hopefully there will always be a bar for him to watch his beloved West Brom in.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley

The Strollers
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough
Kelwyn Whittaker
Paul Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th October 2018 : Ten vets turned out tonight in what turned out to be a terrific contest between two fiercely competitive sides. First rubber went the way of Mary's Moaners who just about deserved their 10-7 victory. Some inspired stuff from Zsu Zsu's team with Paulo Garner being the fulcrum point in which his fellow Moaners revelled in. One stunning strike from the Stockport County fan left his foot like bat out of hell as it flew past me into the net. Chris Podmore and Ronnie Dooley also took their chances as for once the Moaners managed to convert their openings on a regular basis. Paul Holmes guesting for Mary's was missing his Young Guns but also got on the mark in what was a complete team performance. The Strollers put together some exceptional moves but misfired like Delboy's Reliant Robin when goal scoring opportunities presented themselves. In the second game Kelwyn and Graham Levine found their shooting boots and for long periods The Strollers dominated the game but as time wore on Chris Anthony suffered a muscle injury and had to retire into the nets. We definitely missed his ball control and Silva-esque ability to pick out his team mates, instead he settled for picking out the ball from his ever bulging net. Frankie Pleszak worked hard and stuck to the task with some nice passes and lots of tackling back but at 9-8 to Mary's Moaners, Zsu Zsu Mastin made his most telling act of the proceedings when he called time.
Hopefully we'll see some of the regular faces back next week with Anthony Graham returning from holiday and Rick Westwood with a bit of luck making his final appearance before his Round the World trip.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Holmes

The Strollers
Graham Levine
Chris Anthony
Kelwyn Whittaker
Frank Pleszak
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 21st October 2018 : Somewhat surprised tonight to see such a decent turnout from the boys with twelve rocking up. So it was six a side with two pretty even sides who kicked off the night with a 10-8 win to The Strollers. Rick Westwood was so on form with some dazzling dribbles and fine goals to add to them. Kelwyn and Frank linked well together and with Paul Holmes whipping in a few goals with them they comfortably kept the Moaners at bay. Chris Podmore started off that game with three superbly taken goals and a fine strike by Ronnie Dooley kept Mary's in with a shout however not loud enough to trouble the Strollers. In the next rubber newcomer Stefan after a nervous five minutes started to find his feet, he managed to net a couple as well as tackling back when Mary's threatened. A 10-07 score-line was about fair in the Strollers favour to give them a 2-0 lead in games. Paul Garner and Ronnie Dooley were now getting more service to Podders up front and Dave Brown dropped into defence to cover but the relentless pressure from the Strollers paid off as they out gunned the Moaners. In the final game, with some dubious score keeping from our hippie leader Zsu Zsu Mastin added to a couple of extremely dodgy refereeing decisions from the old Cockney allowed Mary's to grab a 10-6 win against all the odds. Jonboy Goodwin managed to get on the score sheet with a couple of well taken strikes as well as Ronnie, Podders and Dave Brown. Overall a fine nights footy played at a very competitive pace. Stefan made a very good impression on his first Vets start so let's hope we see him on a regular basis.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Ronnie Dooley
John Goodwin
Dave Brown

The Strollers
Paul Holmes
Kelwyn Whittaker
Frank Pleszak
Malc Hough
Rick Westwood
Stefan

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
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Sunday 28th October 2018 : Just a quick report tonight as I'm off out to a family event. Twelve Vets tonight made for a very competitive 5 a side bash. Anthony Graham was back from his holiday to strengthen up the Strollers and played a big part in their first game with a 10-3 win. Rick Westwood was doing most of the damage with his quick runs and fine finishing, he'll be hard to replace when he leaves for his World Tour, maybe I'll have to come out of goal and take up the mantel. The Moaners came back in the second game with Ronnie Dooley and Podders playing a superb part in racking up the goals as Paulo Garner and Graham Levine locked up the defence in a 10-7 win. The third game was a bit of a stroll as I came out of nets to fire one in to put the Strollers into the lead quickly followed by goals from Paul Holmes and Frankie Pleszak. Kelwyn Whittaker revelled in the support he got from his team mates and it was no surprise when he rifled in goal after goal in another 10-3 win. Overall a good nights football was had by all so here's to another one next week. Finally, had to show this little video of  Robbie Westwood netting a spanker - not known for his goal scoring this is the only known movie of little Robbie getting on the score sheet - gone but never forgotten the wee fella will always be remembered by the vets.

Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Ronnie Dooley
John Goodwin
Graham Levine

The Strollers
Paul Holmes
Kelwyn Whittaker
Frank Pleszak
Malc Hough
Rick Westwood
Anthony Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 4th November 2018 : Only Eight players tonight , so we enlisted the help of our stand in goalkeeper’s, Tim Burr and Ray Wood. ( also known as the Benches ). The first game started quite slowly with no team finding the net for 10 minutes. Plenty of last ditch defending and near misses. Rick Westwood opened the scoring and the game came to life. Ronnie Dooley and Paul Garner enjoyed the company of Kelwyn Whittaker who laid on many a pass for the pair to score. Anthony Graham played a similar role for his team . Releasing Paul Holmes and Dave Brown to whack in some classics. The energy of all the players tonight was commendable a real lung busting work out. Keith Mastin playing as the loan sweeper kept the Young Guns barrage at bay, as his three team mates pushed forward. The quick feet of Kelwyn Whittaker finally undid the opposition and with 40 minutes played he engineered a 10-7 win for the Moaners.
The next 20 minutes saw the Moaners continue to pressure the Young Guns and won the second rubber with ease 10-2. Just the hour played this evening due to lack of Vets. Giving the locals  a chance to watch the bon Fire and fireworks at High Leigh Park. Rick Westwood  leaves for his 2 Month tour of the Southern Hemisphere this week and all the Vets wish him well. I am sure a few of us will be glad of the break from chasing Rick’s shadow on a Sunday night. The Vets only have Malc Hough and Chris Anthony now with any pace left in the Teams.
Safe Journey and happy trails Rick, send a picture or two, see you back at the Leisure Centre in 2019. Good Luck and enjoy from all the Vets.

 Thanks for the report goes to our guest writer. All the very best for a safe and exciting journey to Rick Westwood on his epic travels. Please keep in touch Rick and send us a few pics, meanwhile, we'll do our best to keep the footy going and look forward to your safe return.

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 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
Paul Garner
Ronnie Dooley
Kelwyn Whittaker
 

The Strollers
Paul Holmes
Dave Brown
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Sunday 11th November 2018 : Almost a mirror image of last week’s game. Only eight vets managing to keep the club going strong on a Sunday evening. The benches once again took their place in goal and proved to be quite the obstacle for all players throughout the evening. Both Matches were played at pace and were won by the Moaners.10-9 and 10-6 respectively. Paul Holmes had a side bet with his Daughter that he would score seven goals tonight, but he left the arena paying a forfeit with a personal tally of six. Chris Podmore was voodooed by our wooden warriors goalkeeping, but still managed to burst the onion bag. Keith Mastin popped in a few after his free transfer to the Young Guns replacing the touring Rick Westwood. So used to playing on the same side as Keith the Moaners left him unmarked in the confusion of the contest to chip over the bench on a couple of occasions.
John Goodwin had a proper top  scoring night with Kelwyn Whittaker and Paul Garner also amongst the goals.
Dave Brown and Anthony Graham worked tirelessly for the Young Guns and  they smashed in a fair few shots between them. However Anthony looked a little down in the mouth and lost without the twinkle toed Westwood. So just the hour played but another lung busting work out. We are hoping for three teams next week, so come on lets be having you !!!

Once again I'm indebted to my guest writer and the lads who turned out to keep the session going in the absence of me and my fellow Blues. Hoping that Paul Holmes enjoyed the session with nobody spoiling the result from the Etihad which Paul was recording. He must have been thrilled when he returned home and the Derby unfolded before his eyes.....                                       
Back to business next Sunday boys - let's have a full turnout

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore
Kelwyn Whittaker

The Strollers
Paul Holmes
Dave Brown
Anthony Graham
Keith Mastin

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