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Sunday, March 5th 2017 : Strange old session down at the Leisure Centre tonight with only ten Vets on show. The first game was a tight affair played out like a chess game with both teams stringing together passes like Guardiola's City side. Goals from Rick Evans in particular keeping Mary's in touch with the Young Guns who had Dave Brown and Rick Westwood firing on all cylinders. Johnboy and Zsu Zsu Mastin were defending like good 'uns equally matched by Anthony Graham and Rick Pott. At 9-9 it could have gone anyway but when super striker Rick Evans got sight of the goal he fired in an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner to win it for Mary's Moaners. In the second game the Young Guns found that extra bit of zip and fired up by their 10-9 reverse they let rip into their opponents winning in a canter 10-2. This led to a bit of unrest in Mary's ranks and words were exchanged to the effect that this was no fun in spite of winning the previous game. The final game was a replica of the first but at 8-8 we elected for the golden goal. Up stepped young Rick Westwood who duly smacked in the winner for the Young Guns to end what I thought was a really good evenings footy.
Now then for the bad news, You remember Paul Smith who played 5 a side for a while - social worker- always wanted to arrive at 5.45 not 5.30 and struggled a bit to fit in.  Nigel Caldwell bumped into him in Christies this week - he looks a lot thinner and has been diagnosed with Oesophagus cancer which has spread to his hips and shoulders apparently, and is going through chemotherapy. He is only 50 and has a son of 7 years old. I'm sure all the lads wish him well and fingers crossed in his fight for recovery.
Better news for Nigel who tells me he is more or less over the knee ligament damage and hopes to return to footie soon. That's what we like to hear.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans

Graham Levine

  Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Malc Hough
Dave Brown  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 12th 2017 : A welcome return this evening for Chris Todd , sporting a knee brace but moving freely. His team the Stollers set the standard this week . Un beaten in their first seven games notching up five wins and two draws. Chris Anthony having a blinder, scoring, defending and play making. Boom boys Rick Evans and Graham Levine lived up to their reputations firing home from long range. Ade Hewitt, timed some fantastic runs to be in the right place at the right time to bag a hat full of goals. Chris Todd was the glue that held the Strollers together, difficult to beat as keeper and deadly in front of goal. The Young Guns had a mixed night Dan Bailey the star of their team with some fabulous finishes. Rick Westwood and Anthony Graham were nursing hang overs but still showed quality. Rick Pott seems to be coming back to form, Knee strapped but helped himself to some cracking goals. Dave Brown fitted into the Guns seamlessly his old head tidying up in defence and setting up attacks.
This week’s whipping boys were the Moaners. It took the last kick of their 5th game for Chris Podmore to register their first goal. All five players were simply awful. They did however eventually beat both the Strollers and The Young Guns but not till the later stages of the night. An evening to forget for our five Sunday Regulars. So a rare Team of the Week award for the Stollers just about pipping the Young Guns .

Many thanks to our guest reporter for another top report. Sorry I missed this week, my grandaughters birthday in Poulton Le Fylde. Next week it's Liverpool at the Etihad so I'm afraid Chris Anthony and myself will be missing but it's all in a good cause.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Dan Bailey
Dave Brown

 The Strollers
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Graham Levine
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 19th 2017 :A Dirty Dozen of Vets were on show this evening for a full on none stop session of 6 a side. The Young Guns looked formidable and started in their usual fashion scoring 5 without reply as the Moaners waited for the blood to reach their aging limbs. Rick Westwood smashed in the first, with Rick Evans and Anthony Graham whacking in two more. Dan Bailey slotted in number four, then Ade Hewitt turning on a six pence banged in the fifth. The Moaners did have shots on target but, Dave Browns goal keeping kept the Guns sheet clean.
After a fine run and one two with Paulo, Ronny Dooley crashed in the Moaners first, shortly followed up by his second in similar fashion. The game then opened up though the momentum was always with the Young Guns. Chris Todd and Chris Podmore scored consolations for the Moaners, but the Young Guns took the first game at a canter 10-6.
The return leg was one of the longest and toughest games we have had for a while on a Sunday. No quarter asked or given. The Moaners closed down the opposition at every stage. Chris Todd awesome in defence and Keith Mastin found room to score a couple of fine goals. Chris Podmore started things off then Ronny Dooley and Paulo each snatched a couple of hard earned net busters. Rick Evans let fly some boomers to keep the Guns in touch. Dan Bailey and Rick Westwood both got on the end of some superb moves created by Anthony Graham.
John Goodwin registered his first of the night after suffering some rough treatment for most of the evening. Blocks and interceptions by Anthony Graham and Dave Brown had the match locked for Twenty Minutes at 8-5 in favour of the Moaners. The pressure and effort put in by all players couldn’t break the dead lock. Ade Hewitt found himself with room to sneak in another for the Guns and it looked like the comeback was on.
A Herculean effort by the Moaners allowed Ronny Dooley to grab the penultimate goal. Shortly followed by a text book on the turn winner from Jonny boy Goodwin. Final score Moaners 10 Young Guns 7.
The lactic acid was in short supply for the final rubber. All the effort of the second game left the Moaners gasping like blown horses on jelly legs. Keith Mastin had the last word before the final whistle with a nice side footer. Just a pity his team were already Seven goals behind by then.
A few of the lads will be missing next week so we will need as many vets as possible to turn out …….“.City Boys, lets be having you !!

Superb report from our guest reporter. Hopefully all the Blue boys will be on parade next week. I'm hitting the Gym big style this week so hoping for an improvement in my ongoing condition - rock on...

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
Chris Todd

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Evans
Rick Westwood
Dan Bailey
Dave Brown
Ade Hewitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 26th 2017 : Down on numbers this evening as only eight of the boys dragged themselves away from the Mothers Day Celebrations and in Chris Anthony's case the England game. We did however end up with a really good ninety minutes of fast action and raw effort. The Strollers kicked off with a cracking pace to run Mary's Moaners ragged with The two Ricks and Graham Levine doing the main damage as I consigned myself to probing passes from the back. Cruising to a 10-7 win we set about the second game in a similar vein. This time we all joined in on the scoring act whist Mary's were playing a bit part with Ade Hewitt notching the odd goal or two, this time ending up 10-4. By then Rick Pott had appeared and slotted into the Mary's team making the final piece of an aging jigsaw. However their fortunes change with the extra man stretching The Strollers to the limit. The score was nip and tuck until 9-9 Ade Johnboy popped up at the far post and calmly slotted home the winner. The come back was inevitable as The Strollers valiantly strained every sinew to stay in the contest bravely hanging on at 8-8 but the Moaners weren't going to be robbed of their moment of honour and goals from Johnboy and Podders sealed the win. The game then petered out as both teams were running on empty and with Mary's leading in the last rubber we called time on an otherwise superb session.
Next week we should be back to full strength and no doubt we'll pull another crack session out of the bag.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ade Hewitt
Rick Pott

 The Strollers
Rick Evans
Rick Westwood
Graham Levine
Malc Hough

 

 

 


 

 

Sunday, April 2nd 2017 : The lads arrived in drib and drabs tonight eventually attaining fourteen in numbers and set about providing us with a super session on this sunny spring day. Mary's Moaners were tonight's top team going unbeaten in all but one of their games, that one being to the Young Guns who had Dan "The Man" Bailey firing on all cylinders. Mary's though were in splendid form having Paulo Garner and Ronnie Dooley in superb trim tackling and passing like Dutch Masters. Johnboy Goodwin weighed in with some important goals although he showed a complete lack of moaning, maybe due to the fact that his team were playing with some style and coping with their younger opponents. Anthony Graham held the Young Guns together and fired in a couple of spectacular strikes, one that whizzed past me like an Exoset Missile into the far corner off the post and crossbar. Rick Westwood moved around like a Strictly Come Dancer and popped in more than a few sizzlers on the way while Pottie did his stint in defence. As for my Strollers we did OK without setting the games on fire, we didn't manage a win but a few draws were well earned at the end of the day. Graham Levine ploughed a lone furrow in search of goals with mixed results. Chris Todd, Dave Brown and myself all managed to find the target although Gavin Kent couldn't get the ball past the keepers to save his life although they always managed to get a late touch on his goal bound efforts. Anyway the night belonged to Mary's Moaners who to their credit yet again turned out a full compliment of their squad - well done fella's and two Pensioners in their line up, can't be bad.
Next Sunday should see a full compliment of the City boys with Hull visiting the Etihad on Saturday for a traditional 3:00 kick off for a change.

 Mary's Moaners
Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 The Young Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Dan Bailey

 The Strollers
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Dave Brown
Graham Levine
Gavin Kent

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 9th 2017 : Fourteen of the boys rocked up at the Leisure Centre tonight for what turned out to be a very mediocre session of five a side. Now mediocrity is a somewhat specialist subject for Mary's Moaners so it came as no surprise that the revelled in it this evening. Only losing a couple of games but drawing a good few was the sum of their success but to be fair you can only beat what is put in front of you and the bar was set pretty low on that front. Anthony Graham must have regretted that fag he sparked up in his car before tonight's proceedings as he was charged with being the main runner in his team, The Young Gun. He was definitely showing signs of distress at the end of ninety minutes after carrying myself and the tanned Chris Anthony who it seemed was still on the beach in Cyprus where he has meen for the last two weeks. Gavin Kent managed to get on the score sheet and made a nuisance of himself in defence twice hauling down Johnboy. Rick Potts main contribution was to get a full blooded drive in the nether regions which had him seeing stars for the best part of two games. The Strollers had mixed misfortunes but Zsu Zsu Mastin looked the part notching a fine double in one game to add to the couple he scored in others. Dave Brown put himself about recycling the ball to good effect well supported by Chris Todd and Graham Levine, the latter handicapped by a pulled muscle in his ankle - a trip to Tenerife next week should soon put that right. As for Mary's - Chris Podmore was on fire, ripping in the goals and tearing round the pitch like roadrunner, Paulo Garner nearly broke all the fingers on the hand I somehow got to the ball as he fired in an unstoppable shot from 10yards. Johnboy put himself on the score sheet a number of times and Ronnie Dooley stonked in a few. Yet again, a full squad for the Moaners.
Good Friday this week brings on Easter weekend and I'm afraid our management ie. Zsu Zsu Mastin mis-informed us that football would take place as normal this weekend. Sadly that was wrong
NO FOOTBALL ON EASTER WEEKEND  LEISURE CENTRE CLOSED - Football back on 23rd April

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner

 The Young Gun
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Gavin Kent
Chris Anthony

 The Strollers
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Dave Brown
Graham Levine

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Sunday, April 16th 2017 :
An expected low turnout tonight ,with the City Boys cheering on their team against  The Arsenal at Wembley . (Enough said about that the better.) Only 8 vets showed enough indifference to wander down to the leisure centre in search of their own Cup glory. The return of the “Wooden Tops” our stand in Goalkeepers added to the usual frustration. Both Bill and Ben giving heroic solid oak performances. As for the rest of the vets it was a walk in the park for the Guns and a hard uphill struggle for the Moaners. Every player got a goal or two and every player was embarrassed by the up rights, cross bar or a rebound off the bench.
Those returning next week will notice the shiny new playing surface offers up some peculiar bounces and a fare old spin to the football. For the record the Guns won two out of the three matches , video analysis may prove they sportingly threw the last first to Five match in favour of the out of breath Moaners.

Thanks to the guest writer for this shorter than usual report due to the missing Blues. This particular Blue had a cracking day at Wembley only spoilt by the result. Stuck on the M1 on the way home for an hour in standing traffic - the joys of motoring!!


 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin

 The Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Brown
Rick Westwood

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 30th 2017 : With fourteen vets turning out for the weekly bash we were treated to another ripping session of five a side footy. The floor was glistening after the treatment a couple of weeks ago and this lent itself to supporting a more skilful style of quality football. This brought to the fore The Strollers who revelled in the opportunity to display their neat passing game and deadly striking from all angles. Graham Levine, Ade Hewitt and Rick Evans were the main instigators as they ripped into the opposition while Chris Todd patrolled the midfield relentlessly. I had the goal keeping down to Claudio Bravo level all of which added up to making the Strollers team of the week losing only two games. Not too far behind were Mary's Moaners losing three with Chris Podmore heading the goal-scoring for them well supported by Paulo, Ronnie and surprisingly Zsu Zsu Mastin. Podders had a birthday last week and at 35 actually became a true vet in the process. As for the Young Guns, they were led by their hung over skipper Anthony Graham who looked as rough as a bears arse however, he did turn up and credit to the lad, completed the session before dragging himself off for a post game fag. Dave Brown put himself about and Rick was his usual bag of tricks also, Pottie bravely played on through the pain barrier with his dodgy knee, I often saw him limping.
No Zsu Zsu and Rocket Ronnie next week so we need all the support we can get so get your arses in gear and drag yourselves down to the Leisure Centre for 5:15

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ronnie Dooley
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin


 The Young Gun
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Dave Brown
Rich Westwood

 The Strollers
Malc Hough
Chris Todd
Ade Hewitt
Graham Levine
Rick Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 7th 2017 : Nearly didn't have a session tonight but after the six guys who showed up had a quick conflab and we decided upon a three a side, two touch contest with the benches making an unwelcome reappearance. This turned out to be a really enjoyable if lung busting contest. The two Ricks and Gavin made up the Shifters and myself, Podders and Anthony were aptly named the Krankies. In the first game the Shifters ran out 10-6 winners with Rick Pott playing a starring role hitting eight out of the ten goals scored some of which were hit with the accuracy of a elite sniper. He sent in chips, rebounds off the wall, ricochets off his knee, the odd toe bunger added to splendid volleys. The Krankies had no answer to this other than a superb own goal from Rick Evans. The second game saw the Krankies reap revenge with a brace from myself and four from each of Anthony Grahams and Podders to wrap up the games at 1-1. After an hour of intense play we opted for a first to five decider which turned into a nail biter. Two goals from Rick Evans put the Shifters in the driving seat but another brace from my quick feet levelled things up. Then Gavin Kent who up to this point had run himself silly, delicately chipped one in to lead 3-2. A miss hit pass from my now not so quick feet, was gobbled up by Rick Evans who gratefully dispatched it into the net 4-2. The Krankies were down but not yet out and after Anthony Graham had ripped one into the corner, Podders duly fired in the equaliser 4-4. It was going to be a Golden Goal shootout or it should have been however, Rick Evans did a sneaky three touch manoeuvre to send Gavin galloping down the pitch who slipped to to Rick Pott and WHAM - it was all over! It was to become the night Pottie came good but in the end football was the only winner although three a side was bloody hard!
I'm off to sunny Spain for a week or so of recuperation and intense training so please turn up in your numbers and enjoy the fact that you can still enjoy playing the game we all love - six a side just  isn't good enough! 





 The Shifters
Rick Pott
Gavin Kent

Rick Evans

 The Krankies
Malc Hough
Chris Podmore
Anthony Graham

 

 

 

 


 

Sunday, May 14th 2017 : Twice as many vets as last week turned out tonight . Really good to see Nigel Caldwell return after injury. With no founding fathers on show both Keith Mastin and Malc Hough taking a break. John Goodwin took charge as the elder statesman. The teams were selected and we were off. It was clear from the start Young Guns Rick Westwood and Anthony Graham were in the mood , lashing in five goals between them with only Chris Podmore's wonder strike in response for the Moaners. Dave Brown and John Goodwin started the comeback with some fine strikes but Rick Evans added another for the Guns along with Rick Pott , Gavin Kent and Nigel Caldwell. The Moaners briefly rallied Ade Hewitt slotting home a cool side footer and Chris Podmore completed a hard earned hat trick. The inevitable winner was fired home by Nigel Caldwell, first blood to the Young Guns 10 -7 .
The next Match was one of the shortest I can remember , Rick Westwood single handily took the opposition apart, that after the Moaners had took a two nil lead through Dave Brown and Chris Todd. Every strike Mr Westwood had , flew into the goal. He even sportingly offered to play keeper to give the Moaners a chance. Eight of the Ten goals were smashed home by Rick, either side of an unstoppable Rick Pott thunderbolt and an Anthony Graham solo. Final score 10 -2 .
Demoralised the Moaners changed ends and prepared for the final rubber. The team produced their best work in this final game drawing level on many occasions. Paulo , pressed higher up the pitch and was rewarded with a couple of goals. Chris Podmore and Ade Hewitt also re found their scoring touch. For the Guns Rick Westwood now turned provider setting up Gavin Kent to volley one home from close range . Then slotting a ball to Nigel Caldwell to hammer into the net. In the final moments rampaging Rick Westwood was finally brought down to earth trapped in the uncomfortable jaws of a Goodwin and Paulo sandwich. All in good fun with no harm done. The relief when quarter to seven came was evident on all the Moaners faces still chasing the game 8-6.
Handshakes and smiles at the end …… let’s hope we are back to the regular three teams next week.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Ade Hewitt
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Dave Brown


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Pott
Rick Evans
Rich Westwood
Gavin Kent
Nigel Caldwell




 

 

 

Sunday, May 21st 2017 : Back from my holiday in Spain after yet another birthday, now 71 years young, I was bang up for another 5 a side session at Hyde Bank Road. Eleven of the guys managed to drag themselves away from the Premier Leagues final day of the season in which my beloved Man City grabbed the third Champions League slot and Liverpool the forth. Because we had Eleven players on duty we elected to play six verses five with Mary's Moaners getting the bonus of the extra man. The games started off at a tremendous pace with the Youngish Guns passing the ball around Guardiola style and taking the early advantage. Cameron Shaw was inspirational in the Guns side with his great dribbling skills and accurate finishing. Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood worked themselves silly supporting Cameron with Nigel Caldwell defending like the Chelsea Bus. The game ebbed and flowed with Mary's always playing catch up until a controversial over head height shot was parried by myself back into Rick Evans path. As I waited for Zsu Zsu Mastin to call the decision only to ignore it and Rick duly dispatched the ball into the net. This levelled the game at 8-8. A goal apiece and we were in a golden goal situation. Cometh the hour and cometh the killer blow and it was the trusty foot of Rick Evans as he lashed the ball past me in nets for a 10-9 win to the Moaners. The second game was played exactly like the first, aggressive slick footy played by both teams and as the first it ended in a golden goal situation with Evans Above ripping in the winner. Overall performances all over the pitch with Paulo and Ronnie both showing well - Chris Todd rasping in a couple of belters and a top showing from Gavin Kent with some fine passing and more than a few exceptional good goals.
So, no more Premier football but the five a side carries on  and one moment to remember was in the final short game, I came out of the nets and managed to slot the ball into Mary's net - a goal at 71 years old has yet again raised the bar - if I can do it, anyone can.

 Mary's Moaners
Rick Evans
Gavin Kent
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Rich Westwood
Cameron Shaw
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell

Sunday, May 28th 2017 : Only Ten of the chaps rocked up for the 5 a side tonight but they made a great fist of it in three incredibly close encounters. In the first game The Youngish Guns took the lead early doors when Cameron Shaw showed great skill and speed in finding the opposition net with consummate ease. However as the game progressed Paulo and Ronnie Dooley got to grips with the young master and began to impose themselves on the game. Chris Podmore managed to hit the net and draw the Moaners level but with Anthony Graham and Chris Todd bossing midfield and supplying the ammunition to young Cameron the lead was again stretched. Mary's are no slouches when it comes to fighting back though and when Zsu Zsu Mastin began to get forward he punished the young guns with a fine hat trick of splendid goals although one penalty decision was quite contentious. The Youngish Guns stepped up a gear and When Rick Pott hammers one in you know about it, not content with that he lashed in another and before you knew it we were at 9-8. Cameron then stepped up with the winner to settle a storming game. The second game followed a similar pattern to the first with the Youngish Guns just keeping the noses ahead. I was spending more time than usual playing out and managed to hit a few goals myself but I was definitely feeling the pace. Now I have to say at this point that I probably should remember that I possibly shouldn't risk the old ticker but I must admit I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens. Anyway Cameron managed to bang in the winner again this time to make the score 10-9. Mary's then set about getting a grip on the third game racing into a 4-1 lead with some excellent strikes from the Old Cockney Hippie and Scotland's answer to the toe bunger, Ronnie the Rocket. Again Rick and myself both weighed in with stylish goals but Mary's were just that bit sharper and ran out 10-6 winners. Surprising stat - Johnboy Goodwin failed to hit the net all night but was hampered by a muscle injury which may keep him out for a week or two which is a shame - get back soon Johnboy, you are "the man" who puts the moan into Moaners.

 Mary's Moaners
John Goodwin
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Chris Todd
Cameron Shaw
Malc Hough
Rick Pott  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 4th 2017 : Summer Holidays hit the Vets for six tonight as just that number of us gathered to contest the latest 5 a side session. The results were unimportant tonight as we changed the teams around in a two touch session but performances were the order of the night so here goes. Rick Westwood was feeling off colour but his running and tackling had to be admired along with his lethal finishing. Graham Levine was again carrying a heel injury but he put in a good showing with plenty of running and some aggressive finishing. Paul Garner, Franz Beckenbauer type sweeping, passing like Ray Wilkins (mainly sideways) with a sprinkling of goals thrown in. Chris Anthony introduced us to walking football tonight, mainly on the spot, mostly due to lack of action (last game April 9th). However, after switching teams he bagged a shed load of finely struck goals (from a standing position). As for myself, I did OK considering it was three a side, thankfully was well covered by Graham and Rick's running when they were in my team. Still managed to bag my share of goals. Finally Keith "Zsu Zsu" Mastin - I'm not known for heaping shed loads of praise on to the old Cockney Hippie but to be honest I have nothing but praise for the old boy. Two years my junior but twice as fit, he puts himself about like a good 'un and to his credit always seems to find a decent pass for his team mates - links particularly well with Paulo. Also he does a bloody great job running the sessions finances without getting the praise he deserves. He did resort to toe bungin' tonight though, maybe the two touch put him in panic mode. Star of the show without doubt though were the benches in goal - these impressive obstacles were the bane of our lives stopping countless goal bound efforts although Rick Westwood seemed to have them well beaten.
 Next week we need more bodies so get yourselves down to the Leisure Centre - if you expect to have a session to turn up to, support it, you know it makes sense!

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Keith Mastin
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Rick Westwood
Paul Garner
Chris Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 11th 2017 : Big improvement on last weeks turnout as ten vets made a show for this weeks round of 5 a side. The first game went to Mary's Moaners in a tense 10-7 win in which Cameron Shaw was outstanding. Zsu Zsu Mastin our Chirpy Cockney Hippie leader cunningly decided to strengthen his ailing Moaners side with the Youngish Guns star attribute much to Paulo's relief. This actually made for a very even contest and provided us with some exciting games. Graham Levine nursing his heel injury joined the Youngish Guns and put in a fine 90 minutes knocking in some important goals and on one occasion made an impressive double save in nets to thwart young Cameron in some style. Ronnie Dooley inspired by Scotland's less than impressive draw against the "Auld Enemy" the previous evening was in fine form knocking in goals and generally foiling the Guns playmakers. In the second game The Guns came into their own with flowing moves orchestrated by Anthony Graham and finished by the dashing Rick Westwood. Gavin Kent was having a blinder, probably his best game to date, netting and tackling like a good 'un. I weighed in with a few goals myself tonight, my games outfield are getting more frequent thank goodness. Winning that game 10-06 the decider was setting up to be a belter and we weren't disappointed. Nigel got himself on the score-sheet to add to the solid defensive shift he always puts in, you can't help but admire Nigel after all the surgery he has been put through, hats off to one of the nicest guys ever to play for the vets. The game ebbed and flowed with Cameron smacking in some real quality goals from distance, one from his own half. Graham Levine and Gavin Kent weren't going to be out done by the Young pretender and fired in a volley of their own. With Zsu Zsu spending more and more time in nets desperately holding back the tide against the marauding  Guns we arrived at 9-9 and a Golden Goal situation. Up stepped Paulo Garner to feed Ronnie Dooley the Scottish Express to fire in a superb winner and with it the Honours to Mary's Moaners. Another night's fine football by the boys and hopefully next week we'll see the return of a few more regulars and have more of the same.

 Mary's Moaners
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Cameron Shaw

Nigel Caldwell

 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Gavin Kent
Malc Hough
Graham Levine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 18th 2017 : The hottest day of the year today but 12 of the guys sauntered into the Leisure Centre to give the five a side a crack. Fathers Day didn't seem to effect the turnout so we set off with two six a side teams. Zsu Zsu Mastin did a tactical swap with Gavin Kent and Nigel swapping sides from last week but this had an adverse effect as Nigel popped up with a couple a decent goals against the Moaners and Gavin failed to hit the mark. In a game of three halves the Youngish Guns were to be victorious in all three winning 10-8 : 10-7 and 10-5 although the first two were more than a little close. Cameron weighed in with a few crackers but it was Pottie who stole the show whacking in two game winners and a good few more. Ronnie Dooley worked his Scottish socks off and even wellied one or two into the net as did Podders but in the end Anthony Graham and Rick Westwood out did them both. Graham Levine again did well to play on with his heel injury sharing goalkeeping duties with me while Johnboy mumbled and grumbled his way through the ninety minutes to add that missing touch to Mary's Moaners. Next week hopefully we'll see the return of Paulo to strengthen the Moaners whilst Zsu Zsu Mastin will be missing at his daughters wedding which will strengthen the Moaners even more.

 Mary's Moaners
Chris Podmore
Keith Mastin
Ronnie Dooley
Cameron Shaw

Gavin Kent
John Goodwin


 The Youngish Guns
Anthony Graham
Rick Westwood
Rick Pott
Malc Hough
Graham Levine
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 

 

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