On a very cold but bright sunny day, Match Day 3 for the over 70’s was another day of dominating the three games but once again missed opportunities costing the Relics points.
The first game against Blackpool started brightly for the Relics with a Blackpool player wandering into his own penalty area giving the Relics an early penalty. John W stepped up confidently, his shot down to the goalkeepers left sent the keeper the wrong way, but somehow he managed to stick out his leg to keep the spot kick out. The Blackpool sigh of relief could be felt all across the ground, but it wasn’t to last. Shortly afterwards John W got the ball in a central position and a quick turn and pass to Jerry in the inside left position on the edge of the box, who fired a right foot shot with the outside of his foot into the keepers bottom left hand corner of the goal. The keeper had no chance with Jerry’s unorthodox strike,
Blackpool nearly equalised with a shot that hit the inside of the Relics left hand post, shot across the goal behind Eddie the Relics keeper and out of play. The Relics continued to press for a second with attempts from John W, Keiran, and Tex testing the keeper and a shot from John W thundering against the post.
Final Score Blackpool 0 – Relics 1
Once again the Relics dominated the next game against Rochdale, Keiran going close in the first minute but the shot was just wide. Further shots from Tex, Keiran, and Jerry also missed the target, and another shot from John W was very close, but just wide. Eddie in the Relics goal didn’t have much to do with not one Rochdale shot on target.
Final Score Rochdale 0 – Relics 0
The final game of the day for the Relics against Preston was another one sided affair dominated by the Relics but somehow Preston ended up taking the points, Early in the game Tex had a traditional thunderbolt that was tipped for a corner followed shortly after by a shot from Keiran that hit the bar fell behind the sprawling Preston keeper, spun back over the keepers body and into his arms. From a Preston breakaway Eddie was forced into a good save diving down to his left. Another breakaway shortly after saw Eddie beaten by a strong shot down to his left. Preston 1 – Relics 0.
Relics kept up the pressure and were rewarded from a flowing move from the back down the right hand side that saw a pass from John W to Tony P on the right hand side of the Preston box pull back a great pass across to Keiran who fired home. Preston 1 – Relics 1
The Relics continued to dominate with shots from Tex and Keiran going wide, and a shot from John W saved. Following another good move Tony P found John W but his shot was well saved by the Preston keeper. Preston got their second following a long pass out of defence to the striker who turned the Relics defender and shot passed Eddie with a strong shot into the bottom left hand corner. Preston 2 – Relics 1
In the final minute Relics were awarded a four-offence penalty, John W stepped up but his shot was saved. and the ref blew for full time.
Final score Preston 2 – Relics 1
Well played to all the Relics, Eddy (GK), Bob, Keiran, John W, Jerry, Tony P, Tex, Dave Mo, Pat and Manager Keith S. Also to all the supporters that turned out.
As special thank you to Kodak Keith for the great pictures.
For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here