Over 65’s National Tournament Round 1
The Over 65’s National Tournament Round 1 saw Manchester Corinthians up against a strong Wigan Walkers side at the Powerleague Soccerdome in Wigan. Caged pitches are never the best venues for walking football but we were drawn away so there was no alternative.
With a maximum squad of nine players, we felt we had the guys to finish the job and take us into round 2. The four ten minutes sessions kicked off promptly at 11:00 and within a few minutes Wigan had taken the lead and looked more than capable of given us problems.
However we equalised in the first session with a well taken goal by Terry Williams. We then took the lead from a Bill Charlton shot. Corinthians looked to be going 3-1 up from an open goal but the shot went over the bar. As happens in football Wigan went down to the other end and equalised from a deflection to make the score 2-2.
We again took the lead from a powerful shot by Ken Buggie and once again Wigan hit back to make it 3-3. By this time there were some tired bodies on the pitch and a number of our players were out on their feet, which meant substitutions had to be made. The only Corinthian to play the full forty minutes was sixty six year old Paul Crosby who looked as though he could have run a marathon afterwards.
Corinthians were now slowly beginning to get on top and Terry Williams added his second goal of the day. Ken Buggie also scored his second to make the score 5-3 for the Corinthians. Despite having a two goal advantage the game was far from over and Wigan hit back to make it 5-4.
Time was running out by now and the Corinthians managed to hold out as the final whistle sounded to end this Over 65’s National Tournament Round 1 session.
Thanks to all the lads who turned out today and gave their all to ensure we were in the draw for round 2, Ron Blakeley, Ken Buggie, Bill Charlton, Steve Colesby, Paul Crosby, Derek Drabble, Pete Hampson, Alan Thompson and Terry Williams.
A special thanks to both Ron and Alan, Ron for travelling and acting as deputy keeper and Alan for volunteering to sit out the last ten minute session in order to give Ron some playing time. Well done to you both, it just shows what great team spirit all the Corinthian players have and why we can only get better.
After Sunday’s Stockport Tournament fiasco, it was good to be playing a team that played the game in the right spirit.