12th January 2023. The GMWFL Over 65’s Autumn season was extended from December 2022 to 12th January due to frozen pitches in December. However the weather today was atrocious, more suited to fish than football, with dull grey clouds and heavy rain, not enjoyable for players or spectators.
The Relics started the day in second spot in the table, unable to catch unbeaten Kingsmaid who had dominated the season. Relics were in a strong position to finish as runners up being 5 points ahead of 3rd place Corinthians.
The first game was against Corinthians, and the weather took its toll as both teams struggled to get control of the ball and play with any rhythm. Bothe teams had chances but none were put away. Final score 0 – 0
The second game saw the Relics come to terms with the weather a bit better and dominate opponents Preston with some good pass and move play and plenty of shots, which, on another day, could have resulted in at least one hat trick from the Relics team. However Preston managed to keep the Relics out. Final score 0 – 0
Next came unbeaten, champions elect, Kingsmaid. the Relics had an early set back when the ref deemed that Gaz had strayed out of his area and awarded a penalty to Kingsmaid. The penalty was struck hard and low down to Gaz’s right hand post, but Gaz had the shot covered as it sped past the outside of the post.
As the weather got clearer for a short while, the football improved. With Tony G keeping the dangerous Kinsmaid number 77 quiet, and the Relics having the majority of possession it looked like the game was going to end without any goals, however following a skirmish on the edge of the Kingsmaid area the Relics were awarded a penalty as a Kingsmaid player had stepped into the area. As JoMo stepped up to take the spot kick the ref stopped the game for Kingsmaid to make a substitution. Was this gamesmanship to try to put JoMo off his task? If it was, it failed because JoMo fired the ball into the roof of the net. 1 – 0 to the Relics. Relics were playing keep-ball now and as Graham was tackled about halfway inside the Kingsmaid half, he came out with the ball and fired a right foot shot into the bottom corner to make the final score 2 – 0 to the Relics. A great performance from the Relics inflicting the first defeat of the season on Kingsmaid.
Final game of the season was against struggling Rochdale, but Bury v Rochdale games are never easy. The Relics had a number of chances and broke the deadlock following a great cross field pass from Tex in the right back position to Alan B on the left who took one touch and fired a right foot shot into the bottom right hand corner.
Final score Relics 1 – Rochdale 0
The Relics 8 point haul on the day ensures a runner up spot in the league and another addition to the trophy cabinet.
A massive “well played” to everyone, Gaz in goal, making some fine saves Pete Shev, Tex, and Tony G solid at the back, Alan B and JoMo linking up well with Graham up front. Also well done to team manager “Sir” Pat. And thanks to the supporters that turned up in horrible conditions.
For all the Greater Manchester Walking Football League Autumn fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here …