GMWFL – 2021 Martin Dawson Trophy – Relics take the Plate.

The draw for the 2021 GMWFL Martin Dawson memorial tournament put The Relics into Group C that some might call ‘the group of death’ with GMWFL local rivals Club Kingsmaid, Manchester Corinthians, and Rochdale strollers.
The top team from each of the four groups qualified for the Trophy semi-finals, while the second place in each group qualified for the Plate semi-finals.

Group draw is below, for all the detail results etc see the Match Centre page here

Group AGroup B
Blackpool FC Senior SeasidersRochdale Striders
Carlisle SOAMoston Brook FC
Halifax WFCRoach Dynamos
Sheffield WFCWakefield Wanderers
Group CGroup D
Bury RelicsBlackburn Rovers WFC
Club KingsmaidBolton Wanderers Walkers
Manchester CorinthiansFleetwood Town Flyers
Rochdale AFC StrollersGrimsby Corinthians

First up in Group C for the Relics was Club Kingsmaid who went ahead with a controversial first goal following a pass that, to everyone other than the ref, was overhead height. The Relics went 0 – 2 down when a mistake in midfield was punished by Kingsmaid. The Relics came out for the second half and dominated the game, getting a goal back from Graham W and looking threatening with every attack. However, Kingsmaid held on, the final score Kingsmaid 2 Relics 1

In the second game The Relics faced Manchester Corinthians and went a goal down 0 – 1 but pulled it back to 1 – 1 with a goal from Graham W, only to go down 2 – 1 shortly after. Once again the Relics dominated and got the deserved equaliser from a four-offence penalty scored by Graham. Things looked bad for the Relics late on when Corinthians were awarded a penalty but Eddie pulled off a great save. Final score 2 – 2

The third and final Group C league game for the Relics was against Rochdale who were on the same points as the Relics, so both teams needed a win to progress depending on the result of the other Group C game between Corinthians and Kingsmaid.
The game started well for the Relics when the Rochdale keeper strayed out of his area resulting in a penalty for the Relics which Graham W calmly slotted into the bottom corner. 1 – 0 Relics. Rochdale pulled it back to 1 – 1 with a penalty that Eddie nearly kept out. The Relics were on top throughout the game and a really well worked move from Stewart, JoMo and Graham W resulted in the Relics 2nd goal. Final score Relics 2 – Rochdale 1. which meant that he Relics qualified for the Plate semi-final coming second in the Group.

Plate Semi-Final: Relics v Bolton
The Relics continued the superb football from the previous two games and really left Bolton chasing shadows, hitting the woodwork at least twice before a superb passing move resulted in JoMo scoring the first with a shot that squirmed under the keeper. Graham W put the Relics 2 up following another flowing move from Stewart and JoMo. Bolton pulled a goal back to make things a little nervous for the Relics before Stewart scored the Relics third with a well deserved goal following a poor throw out from the Bolton keeper. Final score Relics 3 Bolton 1.

Plate final: Relics v Blackpool Senior Seasiders
The Relics started the game full of confidence after the previous performances and dominated the game, spending most of the game in the Blackpool half Graham W putting the Relics 1 – 0 up with a good turn and shot. The Relics were on top for the rest of the game and looked the more likely to score but couldn’t put the finishing touch to a number of chances. Final Score Relics 1 Blackpool 0
The Relics had made it out of the Group C group of death to win the Plate Final.
And just to prove how strong that initial Group C was, Club Kingsmaid (Group C winners) won the main Trophy tournament.
A massive well done and congratulations to all the squad Eddy (gk), Keith S, Tony G, Tex, Pete Shev, JoMo, Stewart, and Graham W who scored 7 of the Relics 9 goals on the day. Not forgetting Keiran (Mgr)

John W commented on WhatsApp …. Well done today lads one of the best Relics displays 👍, after going down in the first game the team started to believe in itself, great performance all round ⚽⚽ I went out for 1hr and stopped for 4 we were that good as a team , pleasure to watch 👍👍

Boss Keiran congratulated the team on WhatsApp
Well done to everyone at Heywood today a fantastic Relics display all round.
Great team effort supporting each other as it should be and making my job as manager a little easier.
Thanks to Tex for stepping in for Andy Richardson at the last minute.
Really proud to be a Relic today you’ve grown our reputation all round again today