The Relics over 70’s played Salcom in their second game of the league. The pressure was on for both teams, having lost their first games there was a lot at stake to get that elusive first win. In atrocious conditions the Relics proved too strong for Salcom with two stunning goals from Keiran, and first ever Relics goals for Tex (a left footer too!) and Jerry gave The Relics a comfortable 4 – 1 win. Massive thanks to Doctor John for his contribution to the match report below.
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Relics 4 – Salcom 1 The Relics looked the much stronger team from the start, having the majority of the ball and putting a lot of pressure on the Salcom goal which led to Keiran’s opening goal with a great shot that the keeper didn’t even seem to see. The Relics second goal came after a great passing move from the Relics found Tex free and a thunderous left-footed shot gave the keeper no chance for Tex’s first ever Relics goal, certainly one to remember. Keiran’s second goal was arguably goal of the game, with a fluid and quick passing sequence involving at least 4 players, ending up with Keiran’s killer strike passed a stranded keeper. The Relics ill-discipline resulted in a penalty for Salcom under the four offences rule which Stewart got a hand to but no keeper would save that. The Relics kept the pressure on, and a left footed shot from distance from Jerry gave the Salcom keeper no chance again to put the Relics 4 -1 up. Keiran and Bob were both very close to man of the match. Keiran scored twice (both were great goals) and tried really hard for his hat trick but was thwarted by the Salcom keeper on a number of occasions. Bob made numerous important interceptions and came off concussed with blood on his shorts from a cut; a Terry Butcher like performance from Bob. Stewart had little to do for most of the game, but made important saves from a corner and also from a shot from a tight angle early on. Relics: Stewart W (Gk), Bob D, Tex, Dave M, Peter A, Keiran (c), Jerry S, Tony P. Mgr: Keith S
The Relics over 60’s and over 65’s were in action at Heywood. The Relics over 60’s suffered a 0 – 1 loss to Rochdale AFC Strollers. The over 65’s came from 0 – 1 down to beat Manchester Corinthians Whites 3 – 1.
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Relics Over 60’s 0 – Rochdale AFC Strollers 1 The Relics were on top for most of the game with Rochdale relying on a very effective breakaway game. Rochdale soaked up the pressure well and kept Gaz the Relics keeper very busy with their breakaway efforts. Gaz had a superb game in the Bury net and was certainly the main candidate for any man of the match award that might have been on offer although he had no chance with the Rochdale goal. The Relics had a number of chances and had a penalty ruled out when the referee disallowed Graham’s spot kick for taking two steps. The Relics deserved a draw at least but came away empty handed. Relics:- Gaz, Keith S, Tony G, Andy Q, Stewart W, Andy Rich, Graham W. Manager Keiran.
Relics Over 65’s 3 – Manchester Corinthians Whites 1 A hat trick from Graham after the Relics went 0 – 1 down ensured victory in a thrilling game. The Relics fell 1 – 0 down after just three minutes when a Corinthians shot was deflected past Eddie in the Relics net. The Relics bounced back just a few minutes later with a great turn and shot from Graham for his first of the game. Graham got his second from the spot following a four-offence penalty against Corinthians. Graham’s third came when he was one on one with the Corinthians keeper, a great dummy sent the keeper sprawling and Graham calming stepping to the side to make it three for himself and for the Relics. Graham could have have had a fourth with another spot kick, but the shot hit the post. At the other end, Eddie made a brilliant save from a Corinthian’s penalty diving low to his left to keep the ball out. A good win for the Relics in a very competitive game. Relics:- Eddie, Keith H, Bob, John W, John C, Andy Q, Graham W.
There have not been many games played to date so still all to play for. Here are the current League Tables. All the results for all teams and groups can be found on the GMWFL website here note this link opens on a new tab. All the Relics fixtures and results are on the Match Centre page here
The Relics over 70’s and over 65’s were in action in the Manchester League. It was the first game for the over 70’s and the over 65’s were looking to maintain their winning start to the league. Match reports are below. For all the Manchester League details, fixtures and results see the Match Centre page here…
Relics Over 70’s 1 –Manchester Senior Citizens 2 The Relics over 70’s started their season with an undeserved defeat. The Relics were on top for most of the first half with the Citizens keeper making some good saves to keep Keiran and the Relics at bay. The Relics started the second half well, but a fourth offence against the Relics meant a penalty for the Citizens. The penalty hit one post, wet across the goal and hit the other post and came out, but the referee controversially gave the goal. The Relics were awarded a penalty for four offences from the Citizens, but the Citizens keeper just managed to get a hand to John W’s spot kick and as the ball spun back towards the goal the keeper managed to turn and grab the ball before it had chance to get over the line. The Relics went 0 – 2 down shortly after when a mistake in midfield led to a Citizen player breaking clear and hitting a strong shot that Stewart in the Relics goal had no chance with. The Relics pushed hard to get back and in the game and pulled a goal back with a superb strike and a well deserved goal from Keiran into the bottom corner. The Relics were on top trying for the equaliser but ran out of time. Another blow to The Relics was an injury to Pat who had to come off midway through the second half. Relics: Stewart, Jerry, Peter A, Keiran, John W, Pat, Tony P, Dave M, Bob D. Manager: Keith S
Relics over 65’s 2 – Rochdale Striders 4 The Relics over 65’s were looking to continue their winning start to the league and started brightly with a superb early goal from a difficult tight angle from JoMo to put Relics 1 – 0 up. JoMo had a hand in the second goal too adding an assist to Ken who’s shot low into the corner beat the Striders keeper. The Relics could have been 3 – 0 before half time when Graham dummied the keeper to going down early, took the ball to the side and almost chipped the keeper but the keeper recovered to stretch a hand to Grahams goal bound effort keeping it out. Half time Relics 2 – Rochdale 0. The game went to pieces for the Relics in the second half, after looking comfortable for most of the game they let the two goal advantage slip. The Striders upped their game and at times it seemed like they had an extra man. The Relics had their chances but the Striders keeper kept everything out. Relics: Gaz, Bob D, Tex, JoMo, Graham W, Keith H, John C, John W, Ken. Manager: Dave M
The Relics Over 60’s and Over 65’s had their first games in the Manchester League on 15th April 2021. The match reports are below. for all the Manchester League details see the Match Centre page here…
Relics Over 60’s 2 – Club Kingsmaid 2 A terrific game saw a very strong Club Kingsmaid team come back twice to snatch a draw against the Relics. The Relics took the lead mid-way through the first half with a penalty from Graham W who’s shot just squeezed under the keeper. Club Kingsmaid equalised early in the second half but The Relics went ahead again with another goal from Graham W. Club Kingsmaid scored their second equaliser with a low shot into the bottom right corner. Gaz S had a great game pulling off a string of great saves, and The Relics could have snatched it at the death with a great through ball from Pete Shev that found Andy R free but his shot went the wrong side of the post. Relics: Gaz S, Tony G, Andy R, Andy Q, Keith S, Pete Shev, Graham W. Manager: Keiran
Relics Over 65’s 1 – Bolton Arena 0 The Relics over 65’s started their Manchester League campaign with a win against Bolton Arena. The Relics were the better team throughout and the winning margin should have been more. The Relics took an early lead with a fantastic strike from John W from the left hand side of the area into the top right corner of the Bolton goal, the keeper had no chance, great goal. However the game didn’t go entirely the Relics way as it took a brilliant diving penalty save from Gaz S to keep the Relics clean sheet, while a penalty miss from Graham W at the other end with the Bolton keeper pulling off another fine penalty save kept the Relics down to a one goal margin. Relics: Gaz S, Tex, John C, Keith H, Bob D, John W, John M. Manager: Dave M
The Relics over 60’s and over 65’s start their Manchester League campaigns on Thursday 15th April at Heywood Sports Village.
The over 60’s kick off at 11:00am against Club Kingsmaid, the over 65’s kick off at 12:00 noon against Bolton Arena.
Games will be 20 minutes each way, with a half time break.
Relics squads for the opening games Over 60’s Gaz S (GK) Tony G Keith S Pete Shev Andy Q Andy Rich (C) Graham W
Over 65’s Gas S (GK) Tex Bob D John C John W John M Graham W (C) Keith H
Apologies to everyone that was hoping to attend to support The Relics, but please note that the latest FA COVID guidance states that no spectators are allowed on private land. The GMWFL has checked with Heywood Sports Village and has confirmed that fact.
Note that The Relics over 70’s start their season on 29th April.
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Another good day for the Relics teams in the Tri-Team Tournament.
At the start of the day the Relics Blues were top of the table, 3 points ahead of the Relics Whites. The games were played in a good spirit as usual, but this was spoiled in the Maccabi A v Salcom A game where two players were sent off (one from each team) for aggressive behaviour. This sort of behaviour is not welcome at any level of football, and certainly not something that this tournament is about. Both the Relics teams Blues and Whites were unbeaten in their two games on the day. The Whites won both their games and the Blues won one and drew one, which means that the Blues still top the table, with the Whites now snapping at their heals only one point behind and with a superior goal difference. All is still to play for. Stewart W scored the winner for the Whites in the opening game and added another in the second game. Andy R scoring the other goal for the Whites in the second game. Keith S, Andy Q, and John W scored for the Blues in their win over Maccabi B, with Bob D getting a rare goal in the 1 – 1 draw against Salcom B. Well done to all the Relics players, Whites:- Eddie, Pete Shev, John C, Tex, Stewart W, Keith H, And R Blues:- Gaz, Tony G, Keith S, Bob D, John W, Graham W, Andy Q Special mention for player of the day again, – Pat – who played in goal for Maccabi B and was outstanding, making some great saves in both their games. Also special mention to John H, who played for Maccabi A and to referee Keiran.
The fixtures for the GMWFL Spring / Summer 2021 Local Manchester League have been released.
The Relics over 60’s open their campaign on 15th April at 11:00am against Club Kingsmaid. The Over 65’s kick off on the same day at 12:00 against Bolton Arena, and the over 70’s start on 29th April at 11:00am against Manchester Senior Citizens. All matches are to be played at Heywood Sports Village, West Starkey Street, Heywood. OL10 4TW
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