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Macmillan Walking Football Tournament

Postby Probably Shirts » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:22 pm

Unbeaten Many Shades rue firepower shortage
Friday 29th September, and the Macmillan “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” offered another episode in the annual Maidenhead United’s Magpies in the Community fundraising efforts. This year your Many Shades squad made their way up the A3 ready for the battle through the group stages to the semi-finals and then the final… they hoped. Sadly for the Many Shades it didn’t quite work out like that, but we certainly put in a performance that did us a great deal of credit.

First up were our old rivals Pompey ITC, and we knew they had a pretty tasty side out, with a couple of danger men and a solid and mobile defence that little would get past. In a battle royal we took it to Pompey as much as Pompey took it to us, and we felt that the 0-0 draw was a decent result. Not that we felt in any way that it was a lucky result, we could have beaten them.

Our next opponents were Bracknell Town (Blues), and this was a game where we felt we were marginally the better side and could have won had the breaks in front of goal gone our way. But another 0-0 draw was all we could manage.

Our third match was against Rotherfield, and our observation of their play during our break between games suggested that they were one of the better sides we would face on the day. Once again we set up well and possibly again had the better of the play, and once again we ended up with a third consecutive 0-0 draw.

Something had to give sooner or later, and we hoped that it would come against Gerrards Cross, which we thought was something that Peter Crouch used to score headers from. But once again we had to settle for a 0-0 draw, the fourth on the bounce, although this time we were very clearly the better side and frankly should have done better.

So to our final game against the wonderfully named Woodley Saints Deadbeats, and once again we were clearly the better side, with the solid defence and crisp midfield interplay we had shown all through the tournament again on show. It took a marvellous bit of opportunistic vision late in the game from Bobby De Ste Croix to break the deadlock, spotting the keeper off his line and bending his corner kick neatly round the near post and into the far corner. With the pressure now off, another of our midfield interplays set up James McIlwaine to finish off a classic move with a sweet half-volley. 2-0 it finished.

Mention must go to the defensive unit that performed so well, going five games without conceding a goal. Barry Ingram and Stew Russell formed the key partnership protecting stand-in keeper Pete Dolamore in goal. Credit must go to Pete that whenever the defence was breached he was on hand to mop up, including two spectacular salmon-like leaps to preserve his unblemished record.

The midfield was bolstered by Collin Hon making his Many Shades debut in front of the defence, linking well with James who pushed a little further forward. With Bobby D or John Hicks leading the line, it was a combination that proved unbeatable on the day. Sadly though, we didn’t win enough games, so seven points from five games didn’t get us through to the semi-finals. Many thanks go to the support of the injured Rich Bishop who came along to keep us in some sort of order. Unbeaten and unbowed, we got home before the Friday afternoon traffic got too heavy.
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