In the drizzle and cold of Heywood Sports Village the Relics over 60’s Whites had a tough start on the opening day of the Spring 2022 season.
The Relics started well in their first game of the day against Kingsmaid within a few minutes an early attack from the Relics saw a turn and shot from Graham going just wide. Kingsmaid replied with a few long range efforts that didn’t trouble Gaz in the Relics net. Following a flowing passing move down the left hand side from the Relics Graham had another shot just wide.
The best chance for the Relics was from a long ball out from Gaz direct to Graham, who’s shot was goal bound but turned for a corner by the Kingsmaid keeper.
Kingsmaid replied with a swift break down their left hand side, the shot fizzed off the wet surface and passed Gaz, Kingsmaid 1 up.
Gaz kept the Relics in it a few minutes later with a super save from a deflected shot that he somehow managed to turn over the bar. Relics had the final attack of the game but Grahams shot was saved by the keeper. The game was played at a really impressive fast pace throughout.
Final Score Relics 0 – 1 Kingsmaid
Next up for the Relics was another tough game against last seasons league champions Corinthians.
Corinthians started brightly with a shot which went wide left. Relics replied with a couple of shots from Graham both going wide. Some great work from Tony G and Stewart resulted in a shot from Graham that the keeper managed to keep out. An intercepted pass from Relics defence resulted in a shot from Corinthians saved by Gaz. A brilliant pass from Graham from the left was just missed by an outstretched leg from Terry who had made a fabulous fast walk out from defence. Right at the death Gaz made a fabulous save in the top left hand corner to keep the score 0 – 0
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Corinthians
The Relics were the better team in their third game against Rochdale but just couldn’t couldn’t convert their chances into goals, hitting both posts and the crossbar in the process.
The Relics started well with a shot from Graham that was just wide. Shortly afterwards Stewart had a great shot that beat the keeper but hit the post. Another chance was created from great work between Stewart and Graham that resulted in a shot from Graham just wide. Another chance followed a through ball from Pete Shev but Grahams shot hit the post. Stewart had another effort that went just wide and Graham had a shot saved. Rochdale finally called Gaz into action late on but their shot was comfortable for the Relics keeper. The final effort from the Relics saw Graham hit the bar following a nice passing move.
Final Score Relics 0 – 0 Rochdale
The final game of the day for the Relics was against last seasons runners up Wakefield Wanderers. Another fast paced game with Wakefield having most of the ball in the early stages. Wakefield made their early dominance pay off, and the Relics went 0 – 1 down when a fierce shot from the left hand side beat Gaz. Wakefield were passing the ball around well and another couple of shots went thigh and wide before Gaz somehow managed to turn a low goal bound shot round his right hand post for a corner. The Relics brought the game level following a great pass from Terry down the right found Stewart who’s turn and shot was a cracker giving the keeper no chance. 1 – 1 Relics were unlucky to go 1 – 2 down when a Wakefield shot ricocheted past Gaz.
Final Score Relics 1 -2 Wakefield
The Relics deserved more from the day as the team played well and were always in the games but this is a top division and games will be won on fine margins.
There will be little between any of these teams and league positions will probably change each session in a really strong league with every team of the highest standard.
Well done to all the Relics: Gaz (gk), Tony G, Pete Shev, Terry H, Stewart, Graham W, Keith S. Manager Ken B.
For all the GMWFL Spring 2022 fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here