Relics Whites and Relics Orange share top spot at Maccabi

The Relics Whites and the Relics Orange teams shared the ‘trophy’ at the Maccabi Mini Tournament. The tournament consisted of six teams, three Relics teams, two Salocm teams and Maccabi, split into two divisions of three teams.
The Relics Whites topped group A, and the Relics Orange topped group B to meet in the final which ended 1 – 1.
As the competition had exceeded the pitch hire time there wasn’t any time for extra time or penalties, so the ‘trophy’ was declared shared.

All the results are on the 2022 Fixtures and Results page.
Final table positions are below.
Apologies for no photos, Kodak Keith was on holiday.

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Salcom Blue2101213
Relics Orange2110214
Salcom Yellow2101223
Relics Blues2011231

Well done to all the Relics players involved :-
Whites – Eddie (GK), Tony G, Graham W, Gerry L, Keith B, Alan B, John H
Blues – Gaz (GK), JoMo, Tex, Ayaz, Jerry S, Tony P, Peter A, Watford Mark.
Relics Orange, Chris F (GK), Terry H, Pete Shev, Iain D, Mark T, Nev K, Andy Rich

Special thanks and well done to the two refs, Pat and Ken, who had to put up with a lot of complaining and disputes but handled the games extremely well.

Team News and Fixtures Update

Please note the team news and fixtures information below.
The information included in this update covers:-

  • Relics additional team in the GMWFL.
  • 60’s and 65’s enter National Cup.
  • 65’s qualify for the League Champions Cup.
  • Dates for the GMWFL Spring 2022 season.

Additional Team in the GMWFL
The Relics have entered an additional team into the Greater Manchester Walking Football League (GMWFL) for the Spring 2022 season. The Relics will now have two teams in the over 60’s age group and one team in each of the over 65’s and over 70’s age groups. The new team will start in Division 5 of the over 60’s league.

Walking Football League National Cup.
This season The Relics will be venturing into the Walking Football League National Cup with two teams, an over 60’s team and an over 65’s team. the first round games will be in April, dates to be confirmed.

Champions League
The Relics over 65’s have qualified for the League Champions Cup which involves first and second place teams in various walking football leagues coming together in a finals day.
This will be held on one day in April or May (date to be confirmed) at Leek Town FC on astroturf
More information to follow when available.

GMWFL Spring 2022 Fixture dates
The full list of fixtures dates is below, the dates that the Relics will be involved are in Bold. Note that the new over 60’s team in Division 5, and the over 70’s game days are Wednesdays.
The over 60’s in Division 1 and the over 65’s game days are Thursdays.

Fixture Dates
Wed 2nd March Over 70s Division 1
Thur 3rd March Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2
Wed 9th March Over 70s Division 2
Thur 10th March Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 16th March Over 60s Division 5
Thur 17th March Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2
Thur 24th March Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 6th April Over 70s Division 1
Thur 7th April Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2

Wed 13th April Over 70s Division 2
Thur 14th April Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 20th April Over 60s Division 5
Thur 21st April Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 28th April Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4

Wed 4th May Over 70s Division 1
Thur 5th May Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2
Wed 11th May Over 70s Division 2
Thur 12th May Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 18th May Over 60s Division 5
Thur 19th May Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 26th May Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 1st June Over 70s Division 1
Thur 2nd June Over 60s Divisions 1 & 2

Wed 8th June Over 70s Division 2
Thur 9th June Over 60s Divisions 3 & 4
Wed 15th June Over 60s Division 5
Thur 16th June Over 65s Divisions 1 & 2

Thur 23rd June Over 65s Divisions 3 & 4

Presentation Night 2022

After a tough but successful 2021 on and off the pitch, the Relics players, family and friends celebrated in style at the Presentation Night at Radcliffe Borough Football Club on Friday 28th January 2022.

Over 50 people attended a wonderful evening of laughter, entertainment, and good food culminating in the award of five trophies, over 60’s player of the year went to Tony Greenall, over 65’s player of the year was awarded to John Morris, and the over 70’s player of the year was won by Tex O’Rourke. The Players player of the year went to goalkeeping superstar ‘General’ Gaz Sweeney.

A special award for Clubman of the Year was presented to the inspirational Ken Buggie. There was also a special award for John Herbert and Pat Fitzgerald, ‘The Trolley Dollies’, for their services to tea and coffee making.

The entertainment was provided by Relics players newly formed trio ‘Hat Trick’ featuring JoMo (Guitar and vocals), Dr John (drums) and Iain D (aka Norman Moot) on bass guitar.

Once again, many thanks to our resident photographer ‘Kodak’ Keith Hayes for the photos.

Read the 2021 Relics review of the year here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s December

Heywood was covered in grey skies and freezing drizzle for the last games of the autumn 2021 season, but that didn’t affect the performance of the Relics. A day of drama, pride, and perseverance, started with Keiran only available for two games due to attending a funeral. Then goalkeeper Eddie was injured in the first game, Pat was drafted in and did a fantastic job in the remaining two games. Bob got injured in the first game and couldn’t carry on, but got kitted up and played the last game carrying the injury due to lack of available players. And it turned out a good day in the end.

Relics v Blackpool. Blackpool started brightly and had the first chance, a through ball found a Blackpool player free on the edge of he box but Eddie was out of the blocks quicker that a greyhound to smoother the shot. The Relics replied with a shot from Tex going just wide. Jerry went close with another effort shortly after. The Relics came close late on in the game with a cross field pass from Jerry on the left found Tex on the right who fired a thunderbolt that brought a groan from the Relics followers on the touch line as it went just wide of the Blackpool keepers right hand post.
Final score Blackpool 0 Relics 0

Relics v Rochdale. Following Eddie getting injured in the Blackpool game Pat was drafted in as keeper and was in immediate action saving a powerful shot from Rochdale. The Relics replied with some flowing passing moves which ended with Jerry free on the left finding Keiran in the middle but his shot was saved. Pat was called into action again shortly after with another great save. The deadlock was broken with a superbly worked goal from the Relics, a pass from Tony P from the left back position found Keiran in midfield with his back to goal, Keiran produced a tremendous one-touch lay off to Jerry on the left wing, he rounded his marker, took a couple of steps forward, and with the cries of shoooot from the touchline, did just that and rifled a right foot shot into the top left hand corner of the goal. A truly great goal.
Rochdale were fighting back trying to maintain their unbeaten season, a shot was superbly saved by Pat diving down to his right hand side pushing it out for a corner. Pat was busy now, saving another shot for a corner. Time was ticking by, and in the dying seconds Rochdale snatched an equaliser with a low hard shot from the right hand side of the area just squeezing past Pat at the near post. The final whistle sounded as the Relics restarted the game. So near for the Relics, 30 seconds away from a memorable victory.
Final score Relics 1 – Rochdale 1

Relics v Preston. The final game of the season and the Relics were down to five and a half fit players with Bob called in playing with an injury. The game was played mainly in midfield with the Relics having the majority of the ball but not creating many chances. Preston had a couple of shots early on that went well wide of Pats goal. At the other end Jerry cut in from the left and produced a great save from the Preston keeper. Pat kept the Relics in the game, and unbeaten on the day, with a great left handed save from the Preston striker who was through on goal.
Final score Relics 0 v Preston 0

All the games on the day were drawn which meant that the Relics finished Runners Up in the league, a fantastic achievement from the Relics adding to the Runners Up spot achieved by the over 65’s the previous week and adding another trophy to the trophy cabinet at Castle Leisure Centre.

Well played to all the Relics, Eddie (GK), Bob, Keiran, Pete A, Jerry, Tony P, Tex, Pat and Manager Keith S. Also to all the supporters that turned out.

As special thank you to Dr John for the great pictures and post games brews.

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 65’s December

It’s amazing, the road to Heywood sports centre was clear for a change, with shiny new tarmac. As I approached, I could hear the faint sounds of the Eye of the Tiger Rocky Theme being played in someone’s car. That about summed up the mood of the Bury Relic players and supporters, for the final set of fixture had come around that could bring glory once again to the mighty Relics. Like last week with the over 60s, a single goal was the difference, but this time it was not about relegation but winning the division 1 title. The Relics were in 2nd place behind Manchester Corinthians. The Relics players, management and supporters all knew that only a perfect set of results and a high quality performance could deliver them the title. This was no easy task and first up were Salcom 65’s.

Bury Relics vs. Salcom 65’s. The opening fixture started off very well for the Relics, with John W quickly intercepted a flaky Salcom pass and tried his luck from several yards outside the area; the hard shot just whistled wide. Similarly, another interception, this time from Graham, also produced another good shot, but again was just wide of the target. From the resulting throw out by the keeper came the Relics first goal. It was a throw out far too close to Jomo, who quickly intercepted and rifled a shot back across the helpless keeper and into the net for 1 – 0 to the Relics. That certainly calmed the nerves; the Relics were playing good football, solid at the back with Tex and Bob. The next trigonometry set of passing by the Relics led to a Graham opportunity but his shot was saved by the keeper. The subsequent Salcom possession led to several passes, culminating in a shot that was wide of the target and nothing for Gaz to worry about. The Relics were in a passing rhythm now, like a metronome, and this created a chance for John W to have a shot but it was not accurate or powerful enough to really trouble the Salcom keeper. Following yet another Relics move, Bob was played in to be one on one, with only the keeper to beat; his low and hard shot shook the right hand post and catapulted the ball right across to the other side of the pitch. Although the ball was retrieved by Bob to keep the move alive, a goal did not materialize. Salcom tried again to make inroads to the Relics defence, but this was rebuffed by a stout and exquisite interception by Tex. Then, after several passes from John W and Jomo, the ball reached the feet of Graham, who held it up and waited to play a good ball to Jomo’s feet, who was now in an advanced position. A very tight turn and sidestep took Jomo away for the Salcom defender, where he thrashed the ball past the keeper to make it 2 – 0 to the Relics; it was a phenomenal all round team goal. Further play from both sides did not lead to any other significant action.
Final Score, Relics 2 – Salcom 0.

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale AFC Strollers. There were a few twists and turns in this game and the game started tense, with both sides trying to get some passing moves going. The first chance fell to Graham, who did a sharp turn but his shot was saved by the pink keeper. Rochdale fought back and had a half chance of their own but it was good clearing up at the back from Pete. Both teams were picking up the odd offence for running and contact, but not up to 4 fouls as yet. The Relics were starting to make a good footballing picture by fitting good passing moves together, this was evident by the cute back heel from Graham that put Jomo in a shooting position, but their keeper again made a save. The next chance fell to a hard working John W but the shot just rose over the bar. In the following passage of play, Rochdale committed another foul and it was a 4-foul penalty to the Relics. After Jomo’s successful spot kick last week, he decided to take the responsibility again. This time he did a perfect one step penalty, only to be denied by a save that defied the laws of physics. It was a good penalty but equally a good save, and it was still a nervous 0 – 0 score-line. Rochdale then went on the attack and won a free-kick just outside the area. This led to a decent shot and good save by Gaz, to keep the Relics hopes alive. The next Relics move saw good play from John W, setting up Jomo with a shot that clipped the right hand post (very close). The subsequent Relics attack saw Graham set up a Tex for a shot, but no joy again. Rochdale were now trying to assert themselves, pressing the Relics high up the pitch and trying to make openings to score, but a terrific interception and long pass put Graham clean through. He had a lot of distance to make up to the ball; he glided across the AstroTurf at high walking speed to get to the ball and fire a great finish passed a stunned Rochdale keeper. What a glorious goal to keep the Relics in the championship hunt! Not long after, the final whistle went to confirm the Relics victory.
Final Score, Relics 1 – Rochdale 0.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Senior Citizens 65s. Bury played an excellent game here with precise and crisp passing and some great goals. The first started from a Bob tackle, where the ball was passed around to John W, who found Jomo in space, who then fed the ball to Graham. He took a composed, hard shot past the city keeper, to make it 1 – 0 to the Relics. City were doing some good passing moves now but were not putting pressure on the Relics goal. An interception by the Relics led to a multiple pass move that ended with John W in space to the left of the goal; he fired a cracking shot over the keepers shoulder and into the net for 2 – 0 to the Relics. Great stuff. In the next Relics attacks, Graham got into his groove by twice receiving the ball, with his back to goal, swivelling and shooting. Neither led to a goal but the second was hard, high and over, which smashed the fence so hard, it scared the birds away. A bit of a tussle was developing in midfield and as the ball was hit to the left, Bob was favourite to gain possession. However, Bob was completely cleaned out by a sliding tackle that started 10 yards away. The ref was quick to hand out a Blue card, seeing the City player leave the pitch. Relics made the extra man count by passing around the team, which put Jomo through, only to see his shot saved. Again, Relics created another chance, this time for John W, who shot just wide while through on goal. The game was in its last ebbs, when a chance was created for Bob, who took a left foot shot, that looked like he stubbed his toe, and unfortunately did not trouble City’s keeper. It caused Bob more trouble as he was now in a bit of discomfort. The game ended 2 – 0 to the Relics and the dream of glory was still alive.  
Final Score, Relics 2 – Senior Citizens 0.

Bury Relics vs. Manchester Corinthians 65’s. Well it came down to the final game to decide this seasons division 1 champions; it was a game of winner takes all. It almost started with complete disaster for the Relics, as a stray pass across the back was intercepted by a Corinthians player and he took a good shot that was equalled by Gaz in goal. Following the next passage of play, the ball went out of play and Bob was injured and replaced by Pete Shev. As you will expect from 2 good teams, both were passing around well and good play from Tex led to a Relics corner. The ball was then passed to Graham, who steadied himself, and performed an intricate turn to find space and shoot just wide of the target; you could hear the crowd saying “that was a close one”. Both sides were passing well but not finding the killer pass for end product. John W was playing well managing the game by keeping the ball off the Corinthians midfield, as at this point, a draw was good enough to be champions. Possession was still changing hands, until Graham again received the ball up front; with almost a carbon copy of the turn he did earlier, he tried again and as before, it was very close but keeper just saved it to make a corner. Then came the moment of glory for the Corinthians; a ball was passed from the Corinthian defence up to the Corinthians attacker, that bounced just in front of him with his back to goal. As the ball reached him, he swivelled and took a first time speculative hard shot that shocked everyone! It arrowed onto the left hand post, then across to the right hand post, before bouncing into the net; I could almost hear a commentator shouting “aaa-Ray-oooooooo!”. It was the Corinthians Man City Agüero moment, as that goal had sealed the league for them. The Relics toiled hard to get an equalizer but ran out of time and it was not to be.    
Final Score, Relics 0 – Corinthians 1.

Thank you to a committed and brave team performance by all the players, which was backed up by the staff and expertly led by Ken the manager. Proud to be a Relic supporter, was a great effort. The match day squad: Gaz S (GK), Bob, Tex, Graham W, Pete Shev, John W, John M (Jomo) and Keith H.

A special thank you to the great pictures from Kodak Keith and brews by McJonalds, and to all the enthusiastic supporters that turned out to witness a valiant Bury Relics effort.  For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

Presentation Night 2022 – Tickets now available.

Tickets are now available for the 2022 Relics Presentation Night on Friday 28th January 2022 at Radcliffe Borough, 7pm until 11:00pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 each and will be available from Pat at training at Radcliffe Boro on Friday 10th December.

The event is open to all Relics players, partners, family and friends.

We are looking forward to being entertained by the sensational musical trio of Jomo, Norman Moot and Dr. John

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 60’s December

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were the ancient Pyramids of Egypt, but nothing takes longer than to tarmac the road outside Heywood’s Sports Centre. However, who cares about such trivialities? This was the final fixtures for the over 60’s; today was a fight to avoid relegation, a battle of survival of the fittest. The Bury Relics have a trophy cabinet full of silverware, yet here they were on the cusp of relegation, only just outside the drop zone by a solitary goal difference. Could the mighty Relics hold their heads up high with pride? Or could it be they slope off quietly after the games for a shower, with their heads hung low with shame? Plenty of Bury Relics supporters had turned up to find out. Ken had been drafted into to manage the high stakes fixtures, and people were wondering if it would be a Dodd or Daglish type leadership. Under this intense amount of pressure, what transpired could not be described as anything else but extraordinary.

Bury Relics vs. Bolton (Bury were in Tangerine bibs). The first game that could determine their fate was against Bolton, which started with both sides trying to string passes together, with possession changing hands several times. Inexplicably there was a phantom foul on one of the Bolton players, as if the invisible man had made a two footed slide tackle from about 6ft; the ref’s whistle promptly blew and shouts from the crowd were “Should have gone to Spec Savers”. Anyway, Bolton quickly lost the ball and a chance was created for Jomo, who lashed the ball goalwards with a right foot shot, which the keeper saved. Play then switched down to the Relics end where Bolton managed to win a corner, and subsequently bring a good save out of Gary. Passing at the back from Peter and Tony created some space for Jomo on the right hand side, who fed the ball to Stewart. Wow, what a superb turn and shot! Before the Bolton keeper could react, Stewart had quickly turned and rifled a shot past him. What a sensational goal! Bury’s nerves were calmed a bit. Bolton were now trying harder and pressing the ball, and getting some possession themselves, with some half chances, one of which was superbly blocked by Stewart. There were some vital interceptions at the last moment from both Peter and Tony, this game was at present far from safe, and the tangerine running/foul count was increasing. In the closing stages there was some fine interplay between Stewart and Graham, which created space for Stewart to powerfully shoot, but his shot was parried back out by the Bolton keeper. However, Stewart had not finished yet and moved to the ball quickly and hooked the ball back over the keepers shoulder and into the net. What a crowd pleaser; a superb goal. The supporters were cheering and smiling at the goal, and with the knowledge that it was unlikely that Bolton could come back with a couple of minutes remaining.
Final Score, Relics 2 – Bolton 0.

Bury Relics vs. Wakefield. The opposition Wakefield were quickly into attack in this game, creating 2 early chances and bringing out decisive defending from Tony and a good save from Gary. Then the Relics took over and put together a good spell of possession and what looked like 3 touch in training, by quickly passing to players in space. Wakefield finally intercepted to make a chance but the shot went over the bar. Andy Rud van Rich came on as a sub and was quickly into the action, where a good move nearly had him clean through, only for the final pass to have too much on it. Wakefield were also making chances and it needed a good tackle from Graham to prevent a clear shot. A pass down the line from the back arrived at Andy’s feet on the left hand side, where he waited for support. He was being jockeyed by 2 Wakefield defenders, however this quickly became 4 defenders and Andy had to dribble his way out of trouble and make a pass, maybe like Messi would do. Following the next passage of play, one of the Relics Players decided to gesticulate to the crowd and shout “Loves it!” Not sure why he did that but it made for a good spectacle in any case. Although Wakefield had more shots than the Relics in the game, this was an even match.
Final Score, Relics 0 – Wakefield 0.

Bury Relics vs. Rochdale. Bury did not start this game well and were making some stray passes that the opposition were picking up. Then a move set up a Rochdale player for a shot, but he was just too late and had to travel into the area to get a shot away; the ref spotted it and Relics had the ball. In the next passage of play, Graham made a good tackle to intercept. Then Bury put some passes together and Andy built a chance for Graham, who took a shot from some distance out, which their keeper had time to get down and save. Rochdale then went on the attack, and Peter made a great tackle to prevent a shot. A bit of trench warfare was developing in midfield, when Stewart was body checked and sent tumbling; thankfully all was OK to resume. Graham had a shot, and then a good tackle from Stewart as play continued. Subsequently, out of the blue, there was a Rochdale counter attack down the left hand side. Unknown to the Relics, there was a rogue Rochdale player all on his own on the right, who was picked out by the left winger; in space and on  the run he managed to toe bung the ball past Gary for 1 – 0 to Rochdale. This could have quickly turned into 2 – 0 on Rochdale’s next attack but for a salmon like leap by Gary and a superb fingertip save. The Relics had one big chance near the end, with Stewart clean through on goal; he did nothing wrong as his shot was arrowing towards the back of the net, when a UFO like goalkeeper flew out of nowhere and saved the ball. In truth it was a great save. Final Score, Relics 0 – Rochdale 1.

Bury Relics vs. Champions elect Corinthians. If there ever was a lesson in total football, this was it. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe how good a Bury Relics performance this was. Relegation was still possible and the Relics were staring down the barrel of disaster. The question was, did the Relics have the balls to fight and perform under such adversity, and against the Champions elect? The answer was a resounding Yes! Fear was put to one side and fluent football played by the Relics. The early stages showed good passing from both teams, with some running offences being committed. The first chance to the Relics was created and executed out of nothing. The ball was played up to Graham’s feet, who pirouetted better than any supreme ballerina and produced a fast howitzer of a shot into the net. 1 – 0 to the Relics. The Corinthians were not happy and were quickly on the attack, but good defending from Pete and Keith were keeping them at bay. Stewart was in the wars again and was a bit dazed from another body check, but like a warrior he continued to play. The Relics were spraying the ball about everywhere and a good pass found its way to Jomo, who took a low hard shot that was like a guided missile, which flew into the net to make it 2 – 0 to the Relics. The crowd were going wild. However not everything was good as the Relics had committed the odd foul and they finally added up to 4, and it was a penalty to the Corinthians. As the Corinthians player stepped up to take the penalty, someone from the crowd was shouting to keeper Gaz, to keep his eye on the ball. And he did exactly that, making a superb diving save to deny the Corinthians a way back into the game. The next Relics attack saw Jomo set up Graham with a brilliant pass and the third goal for Relics was scored. Incredible scenes; Relics on the cusp of relegation beating the champions Corinthians 3 – 0. But that was not the end of the story as Graham again received the ball up front and was fouled by a frustrated defender, which meant a penalty to the Relics. Jomo decisively grabbed the ball (with no complaints from others) and strolled over to the penalty spot. The ref put his whistle to his lips, blew and Jomo proceeded to dink the ball over the diving keeper to make it 4 – 0 to the Relics. Scenes of delirium among the Relics supporters, and this was enhanced by Wakefield team players who were watching behind Gary’s goal; it was a cheer for every Bury touch or pass. The Fans were very happy to see the Relics survive and also amazed in wonderment at such a high quality performance against the Champions Corinthians. It’s notable that today’s 4-0 score line equals the previous highest ever league victory from the 1st of December 2017, when the Over 60’s beat Bolton 4-0 in a Division 3 game, but today’s result probably feels much better.
Final Score, Relics 4 – Corinthians 0.

Thanks to an awesome team performance by all the players, which was backed up by the staff and expertly led by Ken “the Daglish” manager. Absolutely sensational! The match day squad: Gaz S (GK), Tony G, Keith S, Graham W, Pete Shev, Stewart W, John M (Jomo) and Andy R.

A special thank you to Kodak Keith for the great pictures as usual, Mc-John-alds for his brews, and to all the enthusiastic supporters that turned out to witness this historic event.  

For all the GMWFL Autumn 2021 results and fixtures see the Match Centre page here

GMWFL Autumn 2021 Over 70’s November

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