Wilmslow Ladies’ 1s – 3
Bolton Ladies’ 1s – 1
Wilmslow seemed set for a comfortable victory, with two goals in the first half.
Carla Botha and Lindsay Rachubka caused the Bolton defence many problems. Emilie Kelman and Annika Hall proved dominant in midfield but unfortunately as the game progressed the goals failed to flow.
The Tangerines’ defence was as solid as ever but one slight chink in their armour was a vulnerability against pace.
Bolton’s young forwards did occasionally break out of the Orange stranglehold and, from one attack in the second half, won a penalty stroke which gave keeper Cat Lang the unusual task of retrieving the ball from the Wilmslow goal.
The Ladies’ 2s had a good solid 2-0 win away to Bowdon 4s, but the 3s had a rare slip up at home to Whitchurch 1s; going down 1-3.
The Ladies’ 4s had a narrow 3-4 defeat against Macclesfield 3s but the 5s took the points with a 3-0 win against Macc 4s.
Wilmslow Men’s 1s – 1
Harrogate Men’s 1s – 2
Wilmslow continued their poor run of results against Yorkshire sides, however this was a spirited performance matching a very fast, top of the league, Harrogate.
Unfortunately the Tangerines still missed their injured captain, Ben James. They were, however, boosted by the return of Pete Hallinan who caused a few problems for Harrogate with his trademark trickery.
In the first period Wilmslow had to come to terms with Harrogate’s pace but some solid defending, especially from the two Wrights – Martin and Jack, kept the game scoreless.
As half time approached Harrogate finally broke the deadlock.
In the second half Ben Jones scored an excellent solo goal; just reward for a fine aggressive attacking display.
With the scores level, self belief started to return. David Boddie was matching the opposition for pace and Tom Davenport for skill.
As so often happens luck is not on the side of the struggling teams and Harrogate scored a late goal to take three points over the Pennines.
Wilmslow Men’s 2s looked to be coasting against Macclesfield 1s, with a 2-0 lead, however they let themselves get distracted by some doubtful decisions and bad discipline allowed Macc to run out 3-2 winners.
The Men’s 3s had a good 3-2 win away to Deeside Ramblers.
The 4s lost to Knutsford 3s, 4-2.
The Men’s 5s drew away Crewe Vagrants 3s with whom they share top spot in the table.