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Over 65s Blues
Manager: Ken Anderson

LATEST MATCHDAY, June 11

Falcons 1 (Anderson), Romford 0

Falcons 1 (Docherty), Billericay White 0

Falcons 1 (Hughes), Chelmsford Blue 0

Falcons soar to top of table

This was a great match day for EWFC 65 Blues - the first time we’ve managed to come away from a set of fixtures with maximum points. 

 

This is a very tight division and the team started the day with 12 points, only a point behind Stones Athletic and only one point ahead of Chelmsford City Blues. All three teams had played 7 games, so we knew that every point was and is vital. The spirit in the team is excellent and right from the start of the first game against Romford our defence was sound and John Watson in goal was rarely tested, but as usual was rock solid when needed. Although we dominated the match it wasn’t until early in the second half that a pass from Pete Hall found Ken Anderson who hit a first time left foot shot from about 15 yds into the far bottom corner of the net. I think the team felt that with our near perfect defensive record we could comfortably hold on to our lead so they just played good possession football and even though we rode our luck a little at one point we fairly comfortably saw the game out.

 

The second match against Billericay Town Whites followed a similar pattern but late in the first half Charlie Docherty playing up front brilliantly turned the last defender just outside the D and slotted the ball home with his left foot. Again we managed the game out superbly, rarely facing a threat from Billericay. Two games so far - both won !-0.

 

We always knew the third and last fixture, against Chelmsford City Blues would be the toughest and most important game of the day. A chance to take maximum points and put daylight between us and them - and possibly catch the leaders. The first half was tight and cagey with neither team taking any real risks or creating any real scoring opportunities. At half time Mark Hughes, nursing a quad injury and hoping not to play, replaced Charlie up front and within a couple of minutes cut in from the left touch line and had a decent shot saved at the far post. About a minute later in an almost identical situation Mark tried to beat the defender to the left of the goal instead of cutting in, then moved back inside on to his right foot and slotted the ball in at the near post for a 1-0 lead. Having gained the lead Ken immediately replaced Mark with George Fleetwood who helped the team see the game out for a perfect day. Three wins and no goals conceded, putting us top of the league on 21 points from 10 games, four points ahead of Stones who have a game in hand but are still unbeaten having won one and drawn one today. 

 

In our next round of fixtures in July we have a great opportunity to consolidate our lead as we play three teams all lying in the lower half of the division. As the football Gods would of course have it we don’t play Stones Athletic until the very last game of the the last set of fixtures on the 10th September. That could well be a league winning decider. 

 

Squad: John Watson, Reg Swallow, Ken Anderson, Pete Hall, Paul Smeeton, Charlie Docherty, George Fleetwood, Mick Roberts, Mark Hughes.

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2024 RESULTS

EWFL May 7

Falcons 0, Stones 1

Falcons 1 (Milne)), Romford 0

Falcons 0, Concord 0

Falcons 0, Orient 0

May 21

Falcons 1 (Hughes), Billericay Reds 0

Falcons 0, Little Oakley Red 0

Falcons 2 (Hughes, Smeeton), Chelmsford Blues 0

June 11

Falcons 1 (Anderson), Romford 0

Falcons 1 (Docherty), Billericay White 0

Falcons 1 (Hughes), Chelmsford Blue 0

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