The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Taylor French: April 2016
Tattenhall Veterans Football on Brink of "Doug Johnson Shield "Cup Semi Final !
With an almost carbon copy performance of last week's outstanding 3-1 win against top of the table Blacon Vets, Tattenhall again walked away with all 3 points against the same opposition leaving themselves on the brink of a derby day semi final against fierce rivals, Bunbury Nags Head, on the 7th May.
Fresh off their first defeat of the season a spirited Blacon team returned to the fortress that is known as the "Flacca" seeking revenge and looking to restore some pride heading into the "business" end of the season. Despite controlling possession in spells Blacon simply ran out of ideas against an incredibly well organised and disciplined Tattenhall side who stuck rigidly to a new 4-5-1 formation.
In what was a cagey first half both teams were restricted to half chances until last year's player of the year Ben Erwin broke the deadlock in the 37th minute latching on to a through ball and finishing from an almost impossible angle following some neat interplay between Chris Woodburn and Stuart Taylor. In an attempt to rescue the game Blacon increased the pressure heading into the second half committing bodies and adopting a slightly more direct style of play. Despite Blacon's best efforts the Tattenhall back four never looked in any real danger restricting Blacon to long range efforts from outside the box. Tattenhall extended their lead with the silver fox that is Pete Powell making it 4 goals in as many games on the hour mark. Sensing that the game was won and with one eye on Wednesday's final group game, Tattenhall dropped a gear and were caught out with just 8 minutes remaining although the circumstances surrounding the goal were controversial. A scrappy effort from the edge of the box struck the right hand post before rolling agonisingly across the goal line. Questions were asked when the 74 year old referee awarded a goal from 68 yards away however Tattenhall's protests fell on deaf ears quite literally!! Keen to avoid a collapse in the closing minutes Tattenhall picked up the tempo and restored their 2 goal cushion in the 85th minute with a neat finish from talisman, Andy Clelland, who managed to shrug off his own pre match controversy surrounding missing tent pegs and groundsman Brian's favourite yellow bucket to seal the game.
The Vets were heading on Wednesday to a final group game against Crossway at the Flacca (match now CANCELLED Crossway pulling out only this morning no details ) knowing that a single point will see them through to the semi finals against Bunbury on the 7th May. Sitting 3rd in the table in the Chester & Wirral Vets Division, with a game in hand that would put them joint top and on the brink of a semi final the outcome of the vets season will be determined in gruelling fashion with 6 games to be played over the course of 18 days in scenes reminiscent to that of Manchester United's charge to the treble in '99.
Indeed so intense is the calendar that the Rookery Surgery have cancelled all staff leave and Tom at the Spar has shipped in emergency stocks of frozen peas and ibuprofen from Spar stores across the West Cheshire region in support of the final run in.
Tattenhall Vets remaining fixtures: (2) Sat 30th April Frodsham (league) — away 2:00pm KO (3) Weds 4th May — The Plough Whitegate (league) — Flacca 6:15pm KO (4) Sat 7th May — Cup semi final — TBC (5) Weds 11th May — Bunbury (league) — Flacca 6:15pm KO (6) Sat 14th May — Cup Final — TBC
27th April Match at Flacca Unfortunately Cancelled
Author .. Taylor French (Victor's younger and fitter Cousin )