Following a barren spell of wondering whether they would ever play again, finally the sun has shone and for better and worse, AFC Tattenhall have finally started playing again.
The first game to get the go-ahead just so happened to be against fierce local rivals, Waverton. In was a hotly contested game which was more end to end than a game of British Bulldogs.
In the end Tattenhall triumphed, with Ben Cooke snatching the winner and his second goal at the death, and Collen Mutete and Glenn Coppack scoring one each in a 4-3 thriller.
The team – or rather, 8 men – travelled to Tarvin for the first Tuesday evening kick off of the year. They took a while to adjust to the differing light conditions, and, as the rest of the team arrived, they found themselves 3-0 down and the mountain was a little too tricky to climb.
As joint manager Charlie Cooke sauntered off to Asia to fulfil some ambassadorial duties, setting up Tattenhall's Asian Academy, building the franchise, and keep an eye out for new signings; Dell Amson took sole charge of team affairs.
First up was Purple Olive, who had overtaken Tattenhall in the league, following a 3 game winning streak. AFC Tattenhall won 5-3 and Glenn Coppack took his goal tally for the season to 7 and there were also goals from Joe Sumner, Collen Mutete, and new signing,Will Griffith. The following week, a cobbled together squad faced West Park Rangers, with the old guard impressing after being given a week off from the Vets. Old Timer Ben Erwin netted an impressive hat trick, and 'Old Man Pixie' got a brace as Tattenhall beat the Rangers 7-6.
Charlie returned from his work in Asia with new signing Nguyen Xe Phong in tow (subject to work permit) as Spital Vaults came to visit. The whole village was buzzing at the arrival of another new signing – from Nantwich Town (for legal reasons we cannot name the individual concerned, as he has filed a super-injuction against the club) For now we shall call him L. Messi. or Lionel M.
10 oclock came and went and there was no sign of the new signing the supporters craved.
Tattenhall were forced to begin the game with 10 men as the mystery of Lionel's whereabouts deepened. Tattenhall took the lead through a brave header from Charlie Cooke but Spital soon equalised but soon Tattenhall were back in front.
All of a sudden, a Spital player left the field in an apparent haze. Players on both sides looked confused as to what was going on, and it wasn't until Spital's striker confided in our defender, that they had no idea who this man was. He had turned up, at 10 o clock, knocking on the away changing room door asking if this was Tattenhall. He was welcomed in, donned the enemy's uniform and took to battle, unbeknownst to everyone, including himself that he was playing for the wrong side. It took 40 minutes for the penny to drop, and at half time, Tattenhall's new million dollar signing came over to apologise for the mix up, and promised that this would never happen again. Tattenhall went on to lose the game 5-4, amidst the turmoil of mistaken identity. Having led 3-1, and then 4-2, we went on to throw the game away in the second half, gifting Spital three goals.
With the season drawing to a close, thoughts are turning to the next campaign. There have been promising signs this season, but the future of the club depends of a commited squad, and the management are constantly on the look out for fresh faces. Let us know if you're willing.
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