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St Helens New restrictions fail to crush spirits

Our two sessions produced some very different outcomes as we heralded the onslaught of Autumn and new Government restrictions. Monday started in balmy sunny skies with football all too often to match. We had players basking in the conditions haring about the arena with reckless abandon whilst others preferred a more leisurely pace. The score line reflected the application though it must be admitted that there was no failure of enthusiasm. Mike Harrison, predictably injected pace to proceedings and that energy sometimes fell foul of the referee’s wrath. The opposition were too often slack in possession and passing, predictably gifting goals by under hit or wasteful passes. A good turn out however, and lovely morning for our second Monday morning outing.

Wednesday evening was an entirely different affair. The management imposed new rules to tighten up on the frenzy of the previous week. Three sides were selected and promptly compromised by the late arrival of Joe Hardman who had to sit out the opening games as a result. There was an early set back for the Yellows with the withdrawal of their striker Deggys hot-shot Taylor who tweaked a hamstring in the act of scoring his trademark toe-poke opening goal. His evening ended with an ice pack and the threat of prolonged spell on the sidelines. Back to the action, the very strong looking Reds side struggled to overcome the re-organised Yellows. Games were mostly even with all sides producing good spells of attacking. Passes seemed Much sharper than in previous sessions, with the results of most matches very close. There was decent organisation perhaps with Reds and Yellows benefitting from fielding the same ‘keeper through the their matches. Blues found it it tough to break out of defence but held their own in most matches.

The session ended in spectacular fashion with a deluge of heavy rain falling for the closing minutes. Autumn had the last laugh after all.

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