60+ game away to Droitwich Veterans, Jan 28th
It was the first outing of the year for the Over 60s squad. The venue was Droitwich Leisure Centre and the weather was Sunny and mild with a gentle breeze. The two teams agreed that the match should be 7 a side and 20 minutes each way. There were no markings for goal areas, so it was decided that the game should proceed without them. Hartshill dominated the first half as Droitwich adopted the tactic of keeping at least 5 players just in front of their goal line at all times, making it very difficult to get shots on goal. The deadlock was broken late in the half when John Cooper fired off a right foot shot, his swinger, which was hit hard and low into the corner of the net.
At the start of the second half Hartshill introduced Tony Drew, for his debut, in place of Les Evans. Droitwich enjoyed a greater share of possession in the first 5 minutes of the half and had a couple of shots on goal, which Dave Seddon dealt with comfortably. Further goals were added by Eddie Tromans and another two from John Cooper.
Hartshill saw the game out on the front foot and Les Evans returned for the closing minutes in place of Barry Geyton.
Hartshill 5, Droitwich 0.
The squad: Dave Seddon, Barry Geyton, Les Evans, Steve Nicholls, Eddie Tromans, John Cooper, Richard Delahaye, Tony Drew ( All played ).
THE SHARP END OF SHARD END
The club ventured into new territory on Sunday, January 28, with a home friendly for members who are not in any of the elite squads.
In truth, there was a small input from 'better' players!
The visitors were Shard End, in Birmingham, who put up a very spirited and physical show - the match ending in a 1-1 draw.
Hartshill looked fairly comfortable in the first half until Shard End went ahead just before half-time.
However, we struck back soon after the interval with Robin Carter scoring with a thunderbolt, only seconds after being denied with another blockbuster.
The match set a bizarre record with the referee - our beloved chairman and manager Mark Glazier - deciding to switch the format from 6-a-side to 7-a-side half way through the first half!
Comments on a postcard please.
Paul Roche was certainly the busier of the goalkeepers. But for his acrobatic performance, the result would have been very different. Well done, Paul.
Squad (all used): Paul Roche, Gordon Lee, Ivan White, John Moore, Ray Woodhall, Dave Wheatley, Phil Bate, Robin Carter.