F.P.L.Preview November 27th. round .
The two teams at the bottom of the league kick off proceedings on Garry Pearce’s pitch. Amblers versus Stateside and victory would give the Bolton team a chance to not become detached from the pack above.They have three games this time and an early finish.
Amblers have a tougher programme with four games although this month they avoid league leaders Bolton Arena.
Arena themselves start late at eleven o’clock, when they face Lancashire rivals Burnley Clarets, who had a good session in October. First versus second then this promises to be the ‘game of the day’ and will be filmed if it’s not pouring with rain.
Clarets mainstay John Walton has written his own preview and this is inserted here.
“Unfortunate news for Burnley Clarets and their striker Ted Whitehead ahead of the third round of FPL matches is that he won’t play again this season.
Missing the September games with a back injury, a swollen knee kept him out in October.
But it is that which has ended his season. Ted is a keen walker and didn’t want to miss out on his treks, so has wisely put football on the back burner for this season.
That means Pete Hey, the stand-in for Ted in both sets of fixtures, becomes a full-time member of the Clarets’ squad.
So Pete, the team’s only Bury fan, replaces Whitehead, the squad’s only Yorkshireman (he lives in Todmorden).
Hey has gradually adapted to the three-touch game, improving by the match and netting twice in the final October game against Vintage Celtic, the Burnley team’s third win on the bounce.”
Bees have three fixtures. Player Manager Gordon Nixon is relying on Joe Bemrose to take his team into the fray as he himself is not yet ready to return to the action. They will end their day with a game against Arena with Garry Pearce again officiating on his pitch one. The return of Jones after eye surgery will undoubtedly be a boost for the team.
Vintage Celtic will be playing catch up as they have played the least number of games so far. With four matches on their November agenda they have the chance to push up the table, and they avoid the leaders this time around. It will be interesting to note their progress as the morning unfolds.
Tameside Striders also have a full programme. Clashing with Bees early doors on pitch two. They’ll meet the equally famiiar Amblers squad at 11-00am. and finish , probably with a sweat on pitch two with a tough ‘away’ game against the ‘Clarets’.
Many thanks to Nash Ambler Peter Dixon for spnsoring the barmcakes today. A free one with butter with each portion of chips in gravy….thanks Peter, and thanks to David Partington for laying them on.
Fair play point awards were at a premium last time as we have raised the bar for awarding these. Teams will need something like an exemplary performance to attract the award from their Referee. This league needs to be different in nature. Players need to arrive in a mood to play the game in good humour, and in a context of good sportsmanship. If winning is your only way of enjoying walking football please stay away – even at this stage. Dissent towards Referees will not be tolerated. Nor will excessively forceful play, We all know what running looks like too so moderate your pace.
We aren’t better than other leagues nationwide but we do NEED to be different.
Otherwise there is no point.