Wednesday 13th December

Masters League

Fixture: Stanleys Cask V Frozen Crown

First match to kick off our Wednesday Masters League saw seasoned Frozen Crown come up against newly entered Stanleys Cask. Match official – Geoff Mowbray.

First shot of the game came from Eddie Nimmo for Stanleys.  only to be saved by Ray Murphy in the first minute of play. John Knight then made Murphy earn his keep again and he rose to the challenge with another save. The first goal was claimed by Frozen Crown thanks to a lovely hit by Billy Lawlor.

With the lead Frozen Crown go all out on the attack! Jamie Norris gets the second goal from the edge of the area, quickly followed by another goal from Lawlor, who intercepted a wayward pass by Keith Graham to make it 3-0! Comfortably ahead Frozen Crown dominating the pitch, you could feel the fourth goal coming. Steve Renshaw seen an opportunity but hitting the backboards, the rebound was picked up by Lawlor and the back of the net rang! Keith Graham, had a shot but it hit the bar and came back into play, and the rebound went to Lawlor who went on the counter attack. Stanleys players struggling to get back and defend the quick change of possession allows Lawlor to get the fifth goal to make it 5-0 after only 8 minutes!

Stanleys now determined to level the playting field sees Knight have a shot from the halfway mark but Murphy saves it again. Graham, however was more successful on his next attempt, with a great goal, after excellent play between himself and Chris Keenan, the score is 5-1.

Lawlor then had an attempt saved by Dave Aston as did Norris with a similar effort. John Madden then outfoxed himself with quick feet in front of the goal, but he seemed to confuse himself as well as the opposition. However, he certainly won the day with his next attempt as he shot from the left wing, it hit the post, came back out, hit Aston in goal and went into the net to make it 6-1. Keenan next with a hard shot which went high for Stanleys. Madden with the tekkers pulls a megs and  passes to Renshaw, whose effort hit the bar. Keenan had a shot saved by Murphy and Keenan had an effort go high.

The next goal, came from a pair who were combining well together, Renshaw, back heeling to Madden and it goes in off the left hand post, 7-1. FC scored the next goal also, with Renshaw attacking on his own and scoring himself. He first half finishes and it's Frozen Crown 8 Stanley's Cask 1.

A good restart for Stanleys sees Knight hitting the post, only for Frozen Crown to also have an attempt hit the post via Renshaw. Madden again pulls off a nutmeg, this time on the keeper and it's 9-1.

Stanleys attempting to turn the game around have changed tactics as Nimmo is staying up front, will it work though? It appears to as Keenan has a shot saved but it comes out to Graham and he scores. It is short lived as Madden and Renshaw combine again to restore the eight goal advantage and it's now 10-2. Madden has the next attempt but sees Aston pull of an excellent save, diving the wrong way, but still managing to save with his left hand to frustratingly to Madden. Norris is also combining well with his team mates and it his him, Renshaw and Madden that combine for the next goal, 11-2. Renshaw then passes to Norris who scores. Renshaw again passes across the box to Lawlor, only for play to be stopped due to an encroachment into the area. A short stop in play followed, due to Madden having a shot which rebounded back into play, but it winded Knight in the process. Stanleys  scored the next goal, Nimmo passing to Knight, who won the resulting tackle and he went on to score to make it 3-12. A free kick taken by Renshaw goes to Norris and he scores again, 13-3. Knight then pulls the ball inside to Nimmo, whose shot is saved by Murphy. Keenan suffers the same fate as Murphy saves his shot, but he gives the entire audience the best laugh of the game, when he falls over in the penalty area. Madden then sees his shot partially saved by Aston, but it creeps into the goal an it's 14-3. Last chance of the game sees a Keenan shot saved, it goes out to Renshaw, it is saved and Lawlor hits the bar.

The game ends and its Frozen Crown 14 - 3 Stanley's Cask. MOM goes to the hard working Madden who also got 5 goals!

Monday Night League

Monday 11th December

Fixture: Karius 2 Glory V Athletico Pathetico

This evening we see our brand new team, Athletico Pathetico, make their debut in our Monday Night League. They find themselves up against Karius 2 Glory. Wayne Harold id tonight’s official.

This was our first kick off of the night with a late one of 9pm! Athletico got into the game quickly and an early shot from Dave Collins got Karius’ Keeper Jay Caine into action, as he tips the ball around his post. Josh Caine for K2G quick on the draw with a responding shot putting AP’s keeper under pressure, Sean Kenny gets his hand to the ball with a save. Adrian Bottley for K2G is the next with an oppourtunity but sees his shot go high.

AP get their debut goal and the first of the game! An assist from Collins to Rob Phythian makes the score 1-0 to AP. With a strategy in place and another successful  link up of play again from these two players makes the score 2-0. An excellent start for our newbies.

Josh Caine determined to get on the score sheet, rode a couple of weak tackles to make his way to the goal a clean shot and he lessens AP’s advantage and makes it 2-1. Quick on the bounce, Collins and Phythian again pass up the pitch and its Phythian who bags another goal!

Caine frustrated with AP’s lead takes a speculative strike from his own half, but to no avail! Scott Elliot for K2G is next to take a chance, but his shot is in the clouds! AP hit straight back with Josh Cotton’s  square pass across the box to Collin’s, but his shot goes high again. Edmunds for AP counter attacks after an interception, in full attack up the pitch, he spots the goal and takes a chance…its now 4-1 to Athletico Pathetico.

The next whistle blow was a penalty for K2G. Caine steps up, but it is disappointedly saved with a calm spring from Kenny. Bottley tries his chances down the left wing, making his way down un-encountered – he takes a shot but Kenny denies him once again. AP’s turn with an advantage as they are awarded a free kick. A lovely rally of passes again beteween Collin’s and Phythian’s who are successful for a 5th time. Cotton on Liam Warhams tail steals the ball to gain possession for AP, on the counter Cotton spots Phythian in the prefect space. An easy pass off and Phythian makes it 6 -1.

Caine tries his chances with a toe poke, which goes through a player's legs but his shot is saved. Cotton then attacks down the right side, and it appears to be too easy as he puts the ball away to make it 7-1. Collins follows this up with a hard shot from the left side to increase the lead. Warham then has an attempt which also goes high. AP then pass back to their keeper, only for Josh to pick the ball up, he shoots and sees it saved again by Kenny. Keilty then has an attempt, it comes back to Cotton and it's 9-1. Cotton also gets the next goal from the edge of the box to make it 10-1. K2G then change their keeper with Elliott going in, will he fare any better? His first attempt to save comes from a free kick which Collins takes again, and Cotton shoots and he comes out the better as it goes in. Josh is then sent off for two minutes by Wayne, not that this is going to change the outcome.  Keilty then scores to make it 12-1. Another change in goal as Warham now goes in. Cotton then has two one on ones with the keeper and scores on both attempts, 14-1. Warham comes out and Jay Caine goes back in, he suffers a similar fate as Edmonds scores from the dead ball line. Bottley then gets a consolation goal as his shot deflects off a defender sending Kenny the wrong way and it's 15-2.  Cotton then scores with the last shot of the game to make the final score 16-2. MOM goes to Rob Phythian and it's a great startto the season for Atletico Pathetico.

Date: Wednesday 29th December 2017

Fixture: Out of Breath v Stanley's Cask

Our game of the evening, we look towards our Masters League (over 45’s) as seasoned Out of Breath comes up against newbies Stanley’s Cask. Out of Breath, last to be crowned champions in our 2016/2017 league are on great form with 3 wins into the current season, finding themselves top of the table, with a game in hand. Stanley’s cask, a former division 2 team are still finding their feet in our Masters League, are up and ready for the challenge this evening.

Carl Howell for OOB gets a first and fast shot off to start our 40 minute game, graham Owen gets a touch to the ball only to see it deflected and the shot is missed. Barry Evans comes up against long standing Goal Keeper for Stanley’s Dave Aston. Aston who has been referred to as ‘elastic man’ is renowned for pulling of saves from now where denies Evans the first goal of the game. Stanley’s Cask are now in possession and new signing Keith Patterson takes the ball around two players, and scores. Putting Stanley’s in a surprising early lead!

OOB determined to get ahead, with  John Bennett keeping hold of the ball well then  passes to Howell in perfect space, he delays his shot, but Aston knowing the tricks is wise to it. Aston doesn't commit  and pull of a phenomenal save.

Patterson on a mission to keep Stanley’s ahead pushes forward has a second shot, but this time it goes high. Bennett back on the attack sees a gap and shoots with Aston on the floor, but he saves Bennett's chip attempt with his foot living up to his stretchy nickname. OOB’s Owens fumbles a pass and Stanley’s get another chance on goal, this time it’s Simon Hughes. Sean Kenny, guarding the goal for OOB easily saves his effort. Owens redeems himself, with a drop of the shoulder fooling Aston in goal and we have the equalizer. Howell puts OOB into the lead for the first time in the game with a lovely goal to the keepers right hand side. Its 2-1 to Out of Breath.

Stanley’s keeping Kenny on his toes in goal as Hughes spots Keith Graham in an advantageous position but Kenny is quick to the draw again keeping OOB in the lead. Hughes is next to have a shot, powerful low and on target - but it is saved just inside the post. Hughes finds himself again at the goal with two attempts, a one on one but the shot goes wide. The ball come straight back to his feet and he returns the shot again – this time it unfortunately goes high. Patterson is more successful on the next Stanley’s attack, which comes down the right wing and his shot goes in and it's level again at 2-2.

The second half gets under way and it's OOB who score, with a pass from the right wing across to the left from Howell to Graham, whose shot is successful and it's 3-2 to OOB. The lead is increased shortly after, or so the players think, as Phil pulls it back for an earlier foul on an OOB player. Howell then sees his shot go high after coming off Hughes. Hughes then has an attempt on goal but this time it is Kenny's legs as the saving grace for OOB. A free kick awarded to OOB for a height infringement which Bennett takes, and scores with a toe poke, 4-2 to OOB. Another free kick shortly afterwards is again taken by Bennett, this time he passes it to an unmarked Evans, but he misses the target.

John Knight from the left wing then finds a bullseye on my head! Which seems like take an attempt to 'take me out' as his shot hits the netting right in front of me – getting the spectators involved? Patterson then pulls the ball back from the boards, ball rolls to Knight and he has found the target this time with a well taken strike and it's now 4-3 to OOB. It is a short lived comeback as OOB, stretch the score line again through Howell, who's shot confuses Aston in goal -comes off the post and hits Aston on the back and it goes in.

The last goal of the game goes to OOB also, as Owens grabs his hat-trick with his man of the match performance and ensures OOB finish the game at 6-3. A laboured game by OOB who were led by Ian Astles in the absence of Jeff James, who, it is believed, was on a scouting mission elsewhere on the Wirral this evening.

Wednesday Night Division 2

Date: 22nd November 2017

Game: Hardly Athletic V Aftershock

The Soccer Dome seen two longstanding teams come face to face this week in our Division 2 fixture, taking place on pitch 2 officiated by Sarah Christmas.

Our ref Sarah mistakenly got involved in play within the first minute of the game blocking a ball in aftershocks favour. The first chance of goal fell to Aftershock but unfortunately Paul Kepe-Smith’s efforts tipped just over the height mark. Aftershock’s Dave Millar then sees a pass via the side boards deflect to the keeper, loosing possession.

Hardly Athletic with the ball hit back, Graham Simmons goes for goal hitting keeper Stu Domigan instead of the net! 6 minutes in on the clock and Hardly make use of the rolling subs – Iain Mackie replaces Alan Fletcher shake things up a bit. On the brief break we see Aftershock take a breath, they will need it as they have a bare 5 for tonight’s game with no subs available.

Mackie springs into immediate action and gets a shot off at Aftershocks goal, Domigan on form pushes the ball away, seconds later Mackie gets another chance but is denied again by Domigan’s quick reactions. Hardly Athletic are dominating the shots as Simmons tries his luck but Domigan denies Hardly the back of the net again.

Then we see Mark Voas, for Hardly Athletic attack down the left wing, passes to Simmons, and he wins this one as he scores the first goal and it's Hardly in the lead, after 8 minutes. Hardly keep on with the pressure and are back on the attack, Dave Godden performs a square pass to Mackie, he shoots! And the ball goes straight into the left corner and it's 2-0 to HArdky Athletic.

Aftershock try to hit back and are unlucky with two efforts from Kepke-Smith, the first going high and the second being saved by the legs of Ian Burkey.  Fletcher then sees his shot from the right side saved but put back into play by Domigan.

Fletcher losses possession through height, Aftershock get the free kick. Keep-Smith steps up to take only to be denied any goal scoring chance. A few passing relays and interceptions from both teams as they battle up and down the pitch. Mackie is next to have a shot but it just swing to the right hand post. Aftershock back with the ball - Kepke-Smith goes with the momentum and attacks on his own, the goal comes up fast! Takes the shot, and scores! using a defender to go past the keepers blind side, and Aftershock are one goal down, it's 2-1.

A short lived celebration, as Mackie passes from the right back position to  Simmons, who passes to Godden who slots it home to make it 3-1.  The half time whistle goes at the same score.

The second half begins Hardly Athletic seem to have changed their tactics. With a 3 -1 lead they take their time with the ball, keeping possession and making Aftershock players run after the ball. A clever tactic as Aftershock have no subs for that all important breather. Mackie sees his shot go high from the left side. Simmons sees a toe poke saved by the keeper, as HA continue to dominate. Kepke-Smith, intercepts a poor defensive pass, his shot go past the keeper only for it to hit the boards. Simmons is again in action, Domigan produces a save for the none existent cameras. Godden’s shot hits the post and Kepke-Smith’s shot deflects off Fletcher and go wide. A Voas shot comes back to Mackie who shoots high. Carl Oates then sees his shot for Aftershock come off the board and go straight to Mackie, it would appear that it isn't Aftershock's night tonight, nothing is running in their favour.

Godden flicks the ball to Simmons and he is unlucky to not get on the goal scoring sheet. Kepke-Smith then has the ball in the back of the net, only to see it correctly disallowed for infringing the area.

 Aftershock are visibly tiring now, the game is 34 minutes old are they are going deeper and deeper as Hardly Atheltic are indeed making good use of their substitute. Although Kepke-Smith has the next shot, which is saved but pushed back to him only to see his second shot saved again. Fletcher then passes to Mackie who is in the centre, virtually on the penalty spot, to slot the ball home and it's game over now as it's 4-1 and less than 3 minutes left. Mackie passes to Voas, he attacks only to see his effort parried back into play. The final whistle blows and the game ends with Hardly Athletic getting th 3 points. the man of the match goes to Paul Kepke-Smith, for his ever effortless display of football.  

Commentary: Danny Kenny

Date: 8th November 2017  Wednesday League

Game 1: Stanley’s Cask V Silver Foxes

With a new start to The Season all teams were raring to go with everything to play for. Tonight saw Stanley’s Cask rise to The Masters League (over 45’s). Having a struggling last season with a mid-table position in Division 2 (over 35’s), these guys are hoping for a better shot in their new division. Given a tough task being paired up against last season’s 3rd placed Silver Foxes.

The Foxes match line up was missing their regular goal keeper Chris Smith, giving the opposition a good chance. They started the game with Andy Carson in goal. The ever dependable George Wooton at 73 years old, our oldest Masters League player finds himself in The Foxes Squad too.

The game kicked off and had a few early chances, one from Dave Jones (Silver Foxes) following a free kick on the penalty spot and a couple from Simon Hughes (Stanley's Cask) but neither team got the chance to celebrate. Jeff Mitchell (Foxes)saw a shot from the left wing go narrowly wide. Simon Hughes had a 'toey' go wide and high of Carson's goal.

Following a pass to the right wing Simon Hilton's shot slips past Dave Aston to make it 1-0 to The Foxes. Hilton and Paul Mackenzie link up with a lovely 1-2 play only to be denied in the end.

A pause in play sees the first substitutions of the night, with Wooton replacing Jeff Mitchell for Foxes and John Knight making his debut of the Masters League.

Stanley’s apply pressure upon The Foxes goal, they see efforts from Hilton and Knight go wide. 10 minutes in, and Stanley's are putting up a good show against their tricky opponents.  Two goals from Simon Hughes sees Stanley's taking the lead for the first time in the game; one comes via a shot from Chris Keenan which is saved by the keeper but goes straight back out to Simon who puts it away for the score 2-1.

Mitchell is now back on the pitch to change up game play. Hilton sees another powerful shot hit the back of the net to level things up again. Keenan spots a hopeful shot deflect off Mitchell to send the keeper the wrong way and go into the goal. It is now 3-2 to Stanley's.

Scott Elliott steps up in goal for The Foxes in the second half. Keith Graham carried off a phenomenal full length pitch pass – definitely the pass of the evening! Results in a shot from Knights just skipping wide.

Hughes pulls off a tremendous tackle, taking the ball off the toe of Simon's foot just as he is about to pull the trigger! Paul Mackenzie comes back on and sees his shot from the edge of the box saved by Dave's feet, and follows that up with another shot that goes wide of the goal. Quickly returned at the other end, Knight sees his effort turned over for height by Elliot. Stanley's appear to be tiring now as the Foxes pile on the pressure looking for the equaliser. Shot after shot there is no prevailing goal for The Foxes. Dave Jones has an awkward fall in the left corner and needs some first aid after injuring his left wrist, which ends up with a bag of ice on it on the touchline. Aston keeps Stanley’s in the game deflecting a shot from Mitchell. Will Stanley's be able to hold on for a surprise first game win?

Wooton has a shot from the halfway line but sees denied as it flies wide and high.  Dave is unfortunate and his mistake costs his team dear, as his error goes to Simon who passes the ball across the box to Jones who scores the equaliser with only seconds to go. Final whistle blows and the game ends 3-3 and it was an excellent showing from Stanley's Cask.

Final Score: Stanleys Cask (3) V (3) Silver Foxes

MOM - Dave Jones.

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