No happy returns for ex-Lilywhite Steve Settle - just a bloody nose !
Always nice to start the season with a win - although it took two tremendous saves from Mossley 'keeper Martin Pearson, and an 86th minute penalty from Kayde Coppin to secure the points. A fairly even game I thought with few chances at either end - although as mentioned earlier Pearson did well on two occasions to keep the home side in it ... and one first half thunderbolt from Gary Gee nearly took the crossbar off !!! The penalty was hotly disputed by the visitors, but from where I was stood (OK crouched !) Madeley was clearly pulled back by his shirt (no photo evidence though I'm afraid !). Coppin stepped up to the mark and confidently converted. Pictures from the game at
A quick troll around the other "Tame Sides" - obviously Hyde went down 1-2 on Friday against Luton Town; Droylsden lost 0-1 at home to Boston United - with Bloods' 'keeper Paul Phillips keeping the score down apparently; Stalybridge Celtic had a bugger of a start - losing new 'keeper Andy Ralph with a double leg-break inside the first ten minutes ... and going on to lose 1-4 at Workington; Ashton United featured in a high-scoring game at home to Worksop Town, coming out 5-3 winners (this game also marked the debut for Ashton snapper Jez's new lens - results here !!); and finally Curzon Ashton gained a 1-1 draw away at Salford City, who played the last 15 minutes with 10 men.
Right ... that's the weekend's football done and dusted - time to do "other stuff" (OK I DID muse over sneaking over to Yorkshire to watch Wakefield and Skelmersdale United - yes Mrs Smiffy away (!) - but the thought soon passed ...).