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More of The Vets Sunday Night Match Reports   (Updated 02:44  (08-03-10)

Tonight's Teams

Matt Pink
Chris Podmore
Malc Stubbs
Rob Westwood


Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Rick Westwood
Keith Mastin


Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

 

Sunday 1st November 2009 : Moving from our normal 5:30 slot to a 70:00 start in order to accommodate the Gymnastic Tournament threatened to hit our numbers but, much to my pleasure we had a very healthy turnout enabling three teams to slog it out for an hour. I don't think my team mates will mind if I say on paper we were probably the four slowest players on the pitch but we had more than a little success winning more games than we lost. Much credit had to go down to great guest goalkeeping, stern defending from all four and some fine finishing by Chris and Chris Todd. Robbie Westwood continued his metamorphosis into a mighty fine defender whilst young Richard Westwood left us (much) older players wishing we were at the other end of our playing days. I provided a wonderful example of the fresh air shot with what would have been my first touch if indeed I had connected. I missed the ball with such ferocity that only my judo training from when I was in the boy scouts saved me from serious injury as my old body hit the floor like a sack of coat hangers. Rick Evans played marginally better than his Liverpool team did yesterday although for once his shooting was more a threat to the structure of the building than the nets. So a blinding session as we move into November and hopefully a sign of times ahead. On a final note, writing these notes each week doesn't get easier as I search for a fresh approach so if you fancy a crack at it let me know and as long as you can get them emailed to me before Sunday at midnight I will publish them. Roll on next week and only just over six weeks to Christmas.....  

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Rick Pott
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Rob Westwood
Malc Hough

Matt Pink
Rich Westwood
Nigel Caldwell
Ron Buttery
Paul Garner

Sunday 8th November 2009 : In spite of United playing Chelski on the box fifteen vets turned up to join in what can only be described as a top notch ninety minutes five a side session  at the Leisure centre. Great to have three full teams again and enjoy good competition played in the best spirit. Chris bagged a hat trick in his second game to confirm his return to top form. Sadly Proudy had to drop out soon after feeling unwell complaining of a racing heart beat. Seems the pace of his team was too much for the lad but hopefully he'll be back in the mix next week or, as Mark Hughes would say - we'll see how he reacts to training before we decide if he is ready to rejoin the group. Good to see Ron back after a four week break. Matt led his side well and enjoyed the luxury of a young runner to link up with giving Richard Westwood some very valuable experience. Richard was proudly wearing his Northwich Vics academy shirt on the day his parent club knocked Zsu Zsu's Charlton Athletic out of the FA Cup in the first round, the first time Charlton have lost in the cup to a non league side.
Lots of good performances this evening including Chris Podmore and Rick Evans plus Chris Todd in Proudy's team. As we finished the session the lads who follow us on filled us in with the news that Chelski had bagged a controversial winner late on in the game against Stretford, what a shame, we're all gutted :-) Next weekend see's England play Brazil, it will be great to see Joe and Elano in action against the three lions, looking forward to that one nearly as much as next week bash at the Leisure Centre. Robbies off to Turunç in Turkey next week, I'm a bit envious as this is a really nice part of the country, enjoy Robbie. 

Tonight's Players

Keith Mastin
Malc Hough
Nigel Caldwell
John Goodwin
Chris Anthony
Paul Garner
Chris Todd
Chris Podmore

 

 

 

 


Sunday 15th November 2009 : A seriously disappointing weekend was topped off when I damaged the lateral ligament to the knee on my right leg. It started on Friday when we set off on a long weekend break to the Lake District to stay with my youngest daughters family. It rained almost non stop from setting off until we arrived back in New Mills on Sunday. We did manage a pub lunch and a about half an hour of the England, Argentina Rugby International which was about as enthralling as the rain that hammered down outside. Still England were playing on terrestrial TV later that evening against Brazil or should I say England reserves. I did get to watch the highlights later on but for me the prospect of another wet day encouraged an early return home Sunday morning and a trip to the Leisure Centre for our weekly 5 a side bash. My reward for making the effort, a bloody injury!  Life can be a pain in the butt sometimes and this was one of those times. Although we were surprisingly down to eight players the session was going swimmingly but, when I dropped into goal on my one good leg the  queue of opposition players wanting to take advantage became too much and I called it a night. Hopefully I'll manage to play in nets next week but we can't afford too many of these low turnouts so make the effort, use it or lose it.

Finally - Proudy is looking for sponsorship for his participation in FOOTBALL AID 2010 at his beloved Blackburn Rovers. Various Charity's will benefit from this excellent scheme and if you need further information check out www.footballaid.com   If you can't get down, email me and I'll put your name on the form with your donation. Dig deep boys.
  

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Malc Stubbs

Keith Proudfoot
Jamie English
Chris Anthony
Rob Westwood
Malc Hough

Matt Pink
Rich Westwood
Nigel Caldwell
Rick Pott

 

 

 

 

Sunday 22nd November 2009 : Quite a bonus for me tonight because I only turned out in case we were short, especially with Proudy watching Blackburn, Ron Buttery in New York and Zou Zou in Tunisia. Thankfully I needn't have worried because the lads turned out in numbers and Proudy got back from the Reebok in time to lead his team. I was able to play in nets most of the night but chanced my dodgy ligaments and have a run out without any further damage (not recommended). The teams were well matched this evening although, but for a late collapse I think Proudy's squad would have finished top dogs. Certainly Keith, Jamie and Chris were finding the net in style with Robbie and myself mopping up at the back. Matt Pink was in one of those moods when faced with the goals he would seriously threaten to wear the nets out. He ripped three past me in one game and I never had a prayer with any of them. Good to see Rick Pott backing him up with some quality scores of his own. john Goodwin's squad got better as the night wore on finishing on a high with a couple of outstanding games. John for me made the goal of the night when his deft back heeled flick found Paulo Garner who rifled home, vintage stuff. What a pleasure it is to see Richard Westwood, Jamie English and Chris Podmore all adding a taste of youth to us old fogies and often giving us a lesson on just how the game should be played, well done lads.
And Finally, how strange to be gutted because City only drew at Anfield - Changing times eh!

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Rick Pott
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Steve Gerrard
Paul Garner
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 29th November 2009 : Only nine vets tonight so a somewhat disappointing turnout considering the  miserable weather and no City or Utd on the box. Still we made the best of things and were boosted by the return of Stevie Gerrard making his first appearance since the 12th July. Steve as ever was always in the thick of things and found the net with some super strikes but he does need a few sessions to get back to his best. Richard Evans found the extra space available from playing four a side gave him the chance to leave us rockin' in his wake as he turned on the pace. To live with the Liverpool fan the likes of Chris, John and myself would have to turn up the pacemakers to get near him. Proudy became a little frustrated when he found himself relying on the trio of oldies to to get up and down, box to box as they call it now, but I'm afraid the minds were willing but the bodies were unable. Still it was a good run out and considering how badly I played personally, I hit the net more than I have done for many moons. Another prolific scorer tonight was Rick Pott who was smacking them in like no mans business, a very decent showing from the boy. The players who never seem to get the credit they deserve are busy grafters who do all the running and tackling plus weigh in with their share of goals, tonight Paulo and young Chris were top of the tree in this department 
Next week see's the return of our leader from his holiday in North Africa, with Ireland this week rocked by the revelations of paedophile and homosexual activity in the Catholic Church maybe a switch to the more orthodox Allah may be in the pipeline.....

Tonight's Players

John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Richard Evans
Mike Adrio
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Malc Stubbs
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 

 


Sunday 6th December 2009 : Oh what a week for the Blue's amongst us, City beat Arsenal and Chelsea, Blackburn beat Chelsea and draw with Liverpool and Everton come back from two down to draw with Spurs - Perfic.  So down at the Leisure Centre tonight we enjoyed as good a ninety minutes as we have had for many a Blue Moon. Keith Mastin returned from his trip to Hammamet Yasmine in Tunisia filled with admiration for his Arab hosts, a tad different to soggy old Ireland eh Zsu Zsu. We welcomed back Mike Adrio for his first appearance since April 2008. It was almost worth the wait as Mike gave us a reminder of just how skilful a player he is with some superb flicks and close control. Chris was the pick of the goal scores with a bag full of strikes from his favourite right wing area. Zsu Zsu didn't take too long to cause the controversial moment of the night when playing in goal, he scooped the ball off Proudy's waiting boot as the ball set up nicely for a shot, just outside the area. Proudy was astonished when the Cockney claimed astoundingly "ball to hand ref" a la Thierry Henry. He fooled no one, except the ref who gave the old hippie the benefit of the doubt. I think it's time for video technology to be introduced into the vets sessions to avoid such injustices as this one. We could video the game from the balcony and all retire to review any controversial incidents and take a vote as to the outcome. Not only would this solve refereeing errors but it would give the likes of Chris and myself chance to get our breath back.....  For those who missed tonight - you missed a belter and a chance to see me score a hat trick in the last game and FOUR in another. What a week!!!
Finally - next week will be the last chance to sponsor Proudy for his FOOTBALL AID 2010 at his beloved Blackburn Rovers. Various Charity's will benefit from this excellent scheme and if you need further information check out www.footballaid.com   If you can't get down to the Leisure Centre , email me and I'll put your name on the form with your donation. Dig deep boys.


Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Paul Garner
Chris Podmore

Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Malc Hough

Matt Pink
Karl English
Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Nigel Caldwell

 

 

 



Sunday 13th December 2009 : Rumours are rife in New Mills suggesting the return of former Mary's Moaner Bryn Meredith. His goal scoring feats have certainly been missed at the Leisure Centre and the reforming of the defunct Mary's Moaners could be on the horizon.
Three teams tonight made for a very interesting night's five a side with Matt's team finishing top of the pile. They certainly didn't have it all their own way though with the other two teams pushing them very close. Karl English returned to the fray and gave a good account of himself together with Mike Adrio, Matt and Rick Pott forming a seriously good strike force. Nigel as usual was strong at the back and weighed in with a couple of very good strikes late on. Zsu Zsu Mastin's team were up and down winning one and losing one most of the evening but still giving both opposition teams plenty of problems. Proudy's team suffered mainly from, "couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo syndrome."  Again like Zsu Zsu's team we had our moments but overall a bad night at the orifice.
So Christmas looms,  only 12 days away so next week is the last game this year and the last chance to get yourself in the Player of the year count up. There will be no 5 a side on the 27th December but hostilities will resume on Sunday January 3rd. Hopefully over New Year we will be able to organise our Special EGM come Xmas do, when besides the gathering of the Clans we will present our much vaunted awards including The Player of the year "TROPHY". I am also planning to introduce a stunningly innovative addition to not only the web site but also to the world as a whole with something that hasn't been attempted anywhere else, either in the Professional game or at grass root level. I can't say any more at this juncture but it could put us on the world stage. The mind boggles!!

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Rick Evans
Mike Adrio
Chris Podmore

Matt Pink
Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Rick Pott
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 3rd January 2010 : Here we go again, another year to look forward to and another decade of vets five a side football. Tonight we were a little light on numbers due the snow and ice and possibly a few crestfallen Reds. Losing to Leeds at home in the FA Cup is second only to losing to Liverpool or City and they have two games against the glorious Blues in the next couple of weeks so more doom is on the horizon. The referee failed to add on the necessary time at the end of the game in order for Fergie's boys to get the goals they needed to beat the Yorkshire team from the third tier...
No such problems for the vets who kicked off the night with a pulsating 90 minutes of sinew stretching five a side action. Our two senior vets, myself and Zsu Zsu locked horns as opposing play makers in two quite strong teams. The games were incredibly close and this was apparent when you looked at the scores in the three best of ten games we played, all ending 10-9.  My team ended up overall winners after taking the first two games but Zsu Zsu's team battled hard to deservedly take the third. Matt Pink rasped in the first goal of the new decade to set the pattern for the night. There were plenty of fine goals but my favourite was when I cut the ball back for the on rushing Chris Todd to smack home  a pile driver with great style.  Mike Adrio, Rick Pott, Steve Gerrard, Rick Evans all found the net on occasions but probably one of the outstanding performances came from the Cockney Hippie who continues to impress in goals although alarmingly his stay in nets is getting longer and longer. So to next week and with a bit of luck we'll see the back of the snow and a thumping big win for the mighty Sky Blues in the League cup semi final..... COME ON CITY

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Matt Pink
Rick Pott
Paul Garner

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 


Sunday 10th January 2010 : Probably the coldest week for many a year but with only a handful of pro games played it makes you wonder what is going on at the top. It seems that for over a century, fans have had to find a way through atrocious conditions and even sometimes help to clear the snow off the pitch when they got there. The players were always willing to turn out however bad the conditions. It's all change now though as that new phenomenon, health and safety kicks in with a vengeance.  No problems with the vets though as 10 staunch members made it through the horrendous conditions for their weekly fix. You may think we have very little in common with the likes of the Premier League clubs but I can say confidently, that's not entirely true. For instance, Streford United like the vets have no interest in this seasons FA Cup for a start and just like Portsmouth, the vets don't get paid. Another point cropped up this week when I read that City's new supremo, Henry Mancini, introduced training games without the ball, going through all the attack and defence routines without the ball. I think he may have got the idea from our very own, Ron Buttery who has been doing this for years! Anyway all that aside, we had another unbelievably close session to rival last weeks when all three games ended in 10-9 scores. Nevertheless this week Proudy's team won them all. All the games were quite tense with both teams going hell for leather to get to the magic 10. Proudy was on fire whacking in goals from all over the place. He was well backed up from the rest of his team with all four of us  weighing in with our two penn'th. Matt failed to reach the high standard he set himself last week but still had a fair night as did the rest of his squad. That's the thing about the vets, win or lose, week after week the commitment is always the same, whatever the weather!!

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner

Steve Gerrard
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough

Robbie Westwood
Rick Westwood

Rick Pott
Malc Stubbs

 

Sunday 17th January 2010 : Three teams for the vets at the Leisure Centre provided a stiff workout for the vets this evening. During the first game Mike Adrio pulled up with a reoccurrence of the injury he picked up a fortnight ago. Not a great surprise but getting a full subs refund from our Cockney hippie leader certainly was. Maybe not the best exhibition we have ever put on but plenty of gutsy football from three very evenly balanced teams. Steve Gerrard was landed with three senior vets to cope with but put on his best showing for many a moon. A hat trick later on capped a fine showing from the Hayfield man who scored the majority of goals for his team who finished top dogs on the night. Not far behind was Zsu Zsu Mastin's team who started sluggishly but gradually stepped up the pace as the night wore on. Goals from John Goodwin and Paul Garner were of a high quality and young Chris Podmore as usual ran his socks off for the cause. The Westwood boys were the backbone of their team with Robbie in particular defending very well. Rick Pott kept up his ratio of one in the net and two in the roof whilst Malc Stubbs gave his cameo of a Whirling Dervish as he weaved his way through midfield.
No sign of Bud Jackson, yet to make his first appearance of the year and it seems that the rumoured return of Bryn Meredith was just that although it could still happen. Proudy and Chris Todd should be back next week after mixed fortunes watching their teams today, a win for Rovers and a defeat for Bolton although they looked pretty decent against the Arsenal. Big game for City on Tuesday as they take on Stretford at the COMSTAD, if the right City team turn up we could just be witnessing the well overdue shift in power and the downfall of Fergie - COME ON CITY!!!!

Tonight's Players

Richard Evans
Ron Buttery
Robbie Westwood
Rick Pott
Chris Anthony
Rick Westwood
Nigel Caldwell
Paul Garner
Keith Mastin
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday 24th January 2010 : Just a quick report tonight as Janice and I are off to the Purple Pakora for a Ruby Murray and a couple of vino's. So as I left for the Leisure Centre this evening City were playing Scunthorpe in the FA Cup. As we had a reasonably tough game in mid week with our neighbours from Stretford it was left to the reserve team to take on the Championship side and keep us on course for a cup double. As the third goal went in to make it 3-1 I left feeling reasonably confident that we were indeed on course. Eleven bodies rolled up for the vets 5 a side thrash although with the return of Ron Buttery that should maybe eleven and a half. Slotting into his own rotation system Ron had a more than decent session considering this was his first appearance of the new year. In fairness there were some very good goals scored tonight by various players involving first time passing from the back to the front. It is always difficult to defend this sort of play which I don't think we employ often enough, pass and move if played well is incredibly difficult to contain. Anyway enough of the technical guff, all round enjoyable session tonight. Robbie continues to defend well and his son continues to get stronger. Good goals from the two Chris's tonight with Richard Evans weighing in with a good few. He skinned more than one vet tonight as he went on the rampage and was itching to burst the net.
Just got back from the Purple Pakora, City eventually cruised to a 4-2 win so it's on to Debtors Retreat in Stretford for the second leg and hopefully a Final at last, COME ON CITY!!!!


Tonight's teams

Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Rick Evans
Paul Garner

Robbie Westwood
Richard Westwood
Matt Pink
Rick Pott

Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Todd
Nigel Caldwell


Sunday 31st January 2010 : With Malc out of action following complications with his obesity treatment, twelve lads braved the elements to give their all at the Leisure Centre tonight. Three evenly matched teams, one disabled by Matt’s decision to repair his leg by playing in the nets and another carrying a frustrated Manche$ter City fan following their dismal win against Portsmouth meant for ferocious action, with some brilliant build-up play and sharp passing. Once again no team made it through the night unbeaten, but the pace and energy of Rick and Chris for the Moaners gave them the edge.

Thanks to our guest writer for this short report. He was quite right when he said City's win over Pompey was dismal. With my damaged knee ligaments giving me serious gyp, the long walk from my car to the stadium guaranteed my non appearance tonight. After the game at OT on Wednesday night turned sour I thought they may put on a show for us today but, like all modern footballers the weight of their wallets seem to take it's toll on their finely honed frames - they were tired.....
Maybe another week missed if I have my sensible head on will allow me to return pain free in a couple of weeks time.   

 

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner

Steve Gerrard
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Chris Garlick

Mike Adrio
Richsrd Evans
Bill Petrie
Malc Stubbs

 

7th February 2010 : Still suffering from my knee ligament problem I decided to become a observer tonight and to be honest it was the best football I saw this weekend. After witnessing the dross City served up yesterday I needed to rekindle my enthusiasm for spectating and the lads didn't let me down. We have come to expect 100% effort as the starting level if you want to join in the vets sessions with skill and fitness not being the be all and end all. This evening I saw one of the best 90 minutes of the year so far with the game being played at a furious pace (at least for the first half hour) with masses of worthy goals and keenly fought games. Two newcomers, Bill Petrie and young Chris Garlick  definitely added quality to the session and hopefully both will become regulars. Every player on the pitch found themselves on the score sheet which in itself is quite unusual. Rick Evans gave a master class in goalkeeping and Steve Gerrard was equally skilful with his goal scoring, notching four in one game after the dubious goals panel had been consulted. Great to see Bud Jackson returning to the fray for his first game of the year, as usual Bud was giving it large, always a case of WYSIWYG with the old lad. As a mere watcher I can't praise the lads enough tonight, if it is a sign of what is to come we are as strong as ever and long may it stay that way.
Just preparing to watch the Super Bowl XLIV, Budweiser's in the fridge, lots of snacks and hopefully some great sport. Then at half time it's the Super Bowl half time show with the Who topping the bill - fantastic, four hours of top notch entertainment.

Tonight's Teams

John Goodwin
Keith Mastin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
 

Steve Gerrard
Chris Anthony
Keith Proudfoot
Chris Garlick

Matt Pink
Mike Adrio
Richsrd Evans
Nigel Caldwell


 


14th February 2010 : Watching the vets can be very exasperating, not because of the football but, because I'm becoming increasingly frustrated at the slow recovery from my injured knee. I've never suffered from injury in all my years playing both football and squash so it doesn't exactly sit well when the inevitable happens. Matt Pink also has a knee problem but turned up tonight to play in nets. This idea was scuppered when Zsu Zsu selected him in a four man team, this resulted in the Yorkshire hit man going on the rampage in a very impressive partnership with Mike Adrio. I had the pleasure of managing Mike's younger brother Richard some years ago for the New Mills Juniors. I say pleasure because for me he was the most skilful player I ever saw in nearly ten years with the Juniors and it's easy to see the Adrio tradition now clearly visible in the vets sessions. Paulo commented on the balcony that Mike had just given us a master class in skill and I had to agree. Just as impressive was Zsu Zsu's final game when he ran the opposition ragged by rapping in a superb hat trick, remember the old Cockney Hippie is 61 years young and this was the final game in a snappy 90 minute session. Not that these were the only high points of this evenings play, Paulo waited until the last game also to whack in his first two goals of the night, two fine strikes. Chris Garlick looks to be a very good finisher and Richard Evans looks to be a very good goal stopper - two saves with his left thumb tonight brought tears to your eyes. All in all a really worthwhile run for the lads - I just wish I could have been part of it....

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
 John Goodwin
Paulo Garner
Rick Evans
Chris Podmore

Mike Adrio
 Nigel Caldwell
 Bill Petrie
Rick Pott
Chris Garlick

Keith Proudfoot
Robbie Westwood
 Chris Todd
Rich Westwood

Sunday 21st February 2010 : vibrant and exciting evening with no team emerging as the clear winner. But we witnessed many fine performances – Ricky Evans’ devastating dribbling at speed, Mike Adrio’s fine ball control, Robbie’s new role as sweeper and final dogged defender, Nigel’s Rottweiler performance. Chris G has started to add a new dimension to Proudy’s squad, although he may seek a transfer after a few games with Houghie, and Bill Petrie has settled in well, and displays good positional sense and a fierce shot. Altogether a fine evening, with some players still to reach their peak. Maybe next week we’ll all be firing on four cylinders. Maybe next week City will.

Thanks to our guest writer  for this quite short but interesting report. For once the spell checker didn't have to work overtime with only Rottweiler needing attention. It's no good using words like vibrant or devastating if you think there is only one "t" or two "l's" in  Rottweiler. This may seem a little picky but in order to fill the frame I am left with the choice of expanding the text or inserting a picture and the text seems like the best choice.
The game against Liverpool, the five times winners of the European Cup, was in actual fact a fascinating tactical defensive masterpiece of a game which all true the football purists were left drooling over.  Me, I thought it was a pile of shite!!

 


Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Nigel Caldwell
Chris Garlick

Keith Proudfoot
Steve Gerrard
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd
Malc Hough

Rick Pott
Robbie Westwood
Rich Westwood
Mike Adrio
Malc Stubbs

 

Sunday 28th February 2010 : Returned to action tonight albeit only in goal. Can't say I enjoyed the experience which only proved to me that my medial ligament damage is not yet fully recovered, I have a holiday in Turkey booked for a week tomorrow so I will probably play in nets again next week to avoid any risk in making the problem worse, incredibly frustrating.
Fifteen players tonight enjoyed a very entertaining hour and a half leaving the three teams on a fairly even keel results wise. My team set off in fine fettle winning our first four games, Proudy, Chris Todd & Steve Gerrard scoring some classic goals. Chris Anthony found hitting anything bar the walls and woodwork until the very last game much to his relief. Zsu Zsu Mastin's team made a late spurt after suffering early on and much to their credit won their last four games. All this came about after Zsu Zsu spotted my team had started to fade dramatically. The third side led by Mike Adrio also had mixed fortunes but some spirited play from Rick Pott led to a good win against my team later on with a particularly fearsome shot through my legs for the winner. Richard Westwood linked really well with Mike Adrio and if he had his dad's speed he would be the finished article.
Just a quickie to finish on, Wayne Bridge texted John Terry on Saturday night - "that's the way to play away you twat!!"
Spot on.....
 

Tonight's Teams

Keith Mastin
Mike Adrio
Bud Jackson
Matt Pink
 

Keith Proudfoot
Chris Garlick
Chris Anthony
Chris Todd

Paul Garner
Rick Evans
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore

 

Sunday 7th March 2010 : Yet again I had to drop out of the action and spectate as I wasn't prepared to further damage my injured knee. I suppose a shed full of patience is required to clear up my problem but sadly I'm running out of it. However the action as usual was frantic and never lacking in incident. Matt Pink returned after a similar injury to mine and put in a very good shift, maybe a little slower than usual but that just brought him down to our level for a change. Unusually there were a number of high scoring games including an astonishing 7-1 win for Proudy's team with the big fella notching a hat trick. I can't remember a mauling like that, maybe it was a first, who knows but not bad for a 5 minute game. Hat trick  also tonight for John Goodwin but both he and Proudy were out scored by Rick Evans who smacked all six goals  in another goal bonanza beating Proudy's team 6-1. So all in all plenty for me to enjoy watching before I pop off to Turkey early in the morning for some R&R in Asia. I'm looking forward a trip to the Ali Sami Yen stadium to watch Galatasaray, presently top of the Turkish Super League play Ankaragucu who currently lie in thirteenth place. So when you lot are slogging round the sports hall next Sunday night I'll be with the lads watching the last 15 minutes of hopefully another fine win for Gala.

Hopefully my guest scribe will have a report in my mailbox ready to publish sometime on Tuesday week, in the mean time it's "güle güle - Allah ile gidebilir"

 

Teams

Matt Pink
Bill Petrie
Rich Westwood
Robbie Westwood

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin

Chris Podmore
Rick Evans 
Paulo Garner

Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Chris Todd
Chris Garlick

Sunday 21st March February 2010 :
With Spring arriving and Proudy’s squad noticeable by their absence, 13 of the good and the brave turned out tonight for another well-balanced tournament. The Moaners displayed their first team squad but failed to rule the roost despite Rickie’s runs and Paulo’s passes. Much credit to the Westwood Twins, with Robbie now a sturdy anchor in defence, and to young Chris Garlick, who fired in the best two goals of the night from a good 25 yards. Next week a final fling for Zsu Zsu before he takes to the waves for a brief sojourn in the land of Jameson and Guinness.

Thanks to our guest writer for yet another report. I have left the text in a larger font to make it look longer. I must take issue with the reference to Mary's Moaners who now seem dead in the water, certainly the inclusion of Rick Evans and Paulo Garner  together with academy graduate Chris Podmore there is a distinct lack of Moaners.
I haven't yet decided whether or not to chance playing on Sunday, my knee injury is much improved but took a fair bit of hammer when I spent a full day travelling to Istanbul to watch Galatasaray. Maybe a session in nets may be the route back.

Tonight's teams

Rick Pott
Mike Adrio
Rich Westwood
Robbie Westwood

Keith Mastin
John Goodwin
Chris Podmore
Paul Garner
Rick Evans

Steve Gerrard
Chris Todd
Chris Anthony
Nigel Caldwell
Malc Hough
 

 

 


 


Sunday 21st March February 2010 : Back from Turkey and looking forward to my first session after many frustrating weeks watching enviously as the lads battled away at the Leisure Centre. I have often quoted the line, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone," and after missing my football and squash for many weeks that line kept haunting me. Mike Adrio chipped in with another one tonight, "it's not just the injury you have to get right, it's your head as well."  He was spot on there. I may not have lit up the session tonight with a 90 minutes to remember but it's been a long time since I've enjoyed one so much irrelevant of my performance. Is everything OK, I think so but will know better in the morning. The games tonight were decent enough and I'm pleased that my team with only two defeats were the best side on the night mainly thanks to Steve Gerard's scoring ability added to Chris Todd and Nigel's work rate. Poor old Chris Anthony had a mare but we have all had a few of those and next week is another week when he will probably wear the nets out, especially if Alla's own team beat Everton on Wednesday night.
Robbie chose this evening to show his son Richard just how to hit the net with a pile driver past me and a Steven Gately* shot past Zsu Zsu (*a bender). Rick Evans also hit a purple patch tonight as opposed to Mike Adrio who had one of those nights. Rick Pott was on form netting some quality goals and Paulo hit a couple of screamers as only he can. Overall as I said a decent enough session without hitting the heights I know we are capable of. No Proudy tonight as he was at Ewood Park, that boy knows no limits, he was selected to take part in the half time "Cross Bar Challenge" contest. I was going to Email him and suggest he pretended he was shooting - the cross bar wouldn't stand a chance!!

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