Canterbury Walking Football
FRIENDLY V RANGE ROVERS (Sheerness)
Saturday October 16, 2021
Rovers turned up with 14 players to play a Canterbury team on a cool Saturday morning.
Our squad was
Goal – Paul Carolan
Defenders - John Ballantyne, Dave Eglin, and Peter Morris
Midfielders - Gareth Gainard, Lance Fishlock and Colin Gwyn
Forwards - Jonathan Butcher, Ian Banks and Cedric Russell.
Manager - Simon Ludden.
There were three games of 25 minutes each.
Colin played a defensive midfield role that restricted a good Rovers team to mainly long shots which Paul, in goal, was equal to. This allowed Gareth and Lance to play a role with more freedom. Unfortunately one of our few defensive lapses in the first period led to a Rover’s player finding himself on the edge of the keeper’s area with the ball at his feet. He stroked it home with Paul having no chance. The first game ended 1-0 to Rovers. Peter on the sidelines mentioned that he thought it was the fastest game of walking football that he had ever seen! It was!
Jonathan was having a tough time ploughing a lone furrow up front, as Rovers were well organised at the back, and was mostly taking the ball with his back to goal. He was relieved by Ian, who later dropped back into midfield, so we could get Cedric on the pitch. This proved to be an inspired substitution as within a minute or two he found space on right, moved on to a good pass and slotted home for a goal that proved to be the winner of the second game. We did ride our luck, however, as Rovers hit the woodwork three times in this game alone!
The third game saw a few more substitutions with everyone getting gameplay. With players tiring there was more space in midfield, and the final result of this period was 4-3 to Rovers, with Lance scoring both for us.
Everyone played their part in a good game with a lot of running. Special mention to Colin who was disciplined in his role as the more defensive midfielder, which kept us in the game at times. Paul in his first competitive game in goal did very well, whilst Lance and Gareth got through loads of work and ensured that Rover’s defence didn’t get forward too often.
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