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10th May 2022 @ 6:06am – by Ralph Warburton
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Summer is here !

Now to plan friendlies as we bed in new signings . We finished as you may have seen – second in the division after leading it right up to end of April. Cooper Buckley topped us in the end and by golly they can really score goals . As we are now promoted into the premier division , we will again face them and many other strong teams . A real test awaits us from end of August !

First of the warm up friendlies is against JS Bailey and played on the pitch at The Gorges in Crewe .

Player manager Kev Rodgers has a wealth of talent putting themselves for selection . 17 players in all . A tricky task as he aims to give all a chance of play and at the same time see just how the new signings bed in with us .

Referee is Ash Scoffing , a truly fair ref that allows the game to flow.

Weather as we all know , should have been Sunny and warm – Wrong. – All the morning was cold with a sharp wind across the pitch.

We play in our away blue kit . Pitch firm as lack of rains save soggy areas .

Kick off at 1055.

Pitch very long in grass and dandelions .

Three young players here to play. 16 year olds. Cameron Rodgers , Fabian "Fab" Twardon and Seb Muezynski. Add to them, we have Rich Blakeman .

Under grey lowering skies we get going in the usual testosterone fired running and tackling . Lots of added inches to waistlines !

Suoerb secretary Rachel by my side as we watch the play from the sideline .

To and fro we go . Each side testing each other . Kev Rodgers , player manager, plans rotation of men so that all get a good run out.

1110

1st corner goes to JSBailey . No gain

1115

Another corner to JSB . No gain

And after 20 minutes Kev makes changes .

Toni Sindstadt on, Rich Blakeman and young Seb Mueznski too.

1120

First free kick and it goes to us . Still no gain .

1127

We get a corner. No gain . 1130 and another fruitless corner.

1132

And fine run by Seb M results in him scoring!!! What a way to start with a new team!

1-0

Rich B injured and comes off and Fab Twardon goes on for his debut .

1140 Half time called

Lots of Good banter and great team spirit as Kev R gives his pep talk .

1145 and second half. All still full of running . Still cold wind .

1155

Kev R makes more changes . The young ones not a bit overawed by the older players and fitting in beautifully.

1157

Corner to us . Met by Skipper Thomas Capewell who scores .

2-0

(A note – one of Star players, Will Cork , leaves us today for 6 months of travelling down under. We will miss his talents for sure )

Callum Mese back on. He is full of running after missing a few of our last games of the season.

1203.superb ball by Will Cork is met by an advancing Toni Sindstadt who scores !

3-0

A flock of homing pigeons appear overhead . Magical as they twist and turn , glide as if one bird. Beautiful sight . Calming in every way.

Play good – and clean. No heavy aggression at all.

1210

A mistake . And JSB score

3-1

Great ball upfield is met by a fast running a Ben Walker – wham bang, he scores a sweet goal

4-1

Wind has eased off .

A great cross by Will Cork is met by and rising Callum Mese who sends in a great header to the top right corner of the net. Goalie had no chance

5-1

Game over

Handshakes all round and off we troop . No after the game snacking at the Leopard pub. All three 16 year olds performed well and without fear of bigger fellows .

Next time we are planned to meet with be the Trophy Awards night on the 17th of June . Big invites to Barry and Dave and family. Our stalwart supporters in every way .

I have to report that our superb manager, Kev Mort , has stood down – pressures of a very busy home life. A great servant of the club since I first rebooted it way back in 2012. We wish him all the very best and hope we keep in touch.

Last report for a while but more friendlies planned for July

Ralph Warburton

Audlem F C

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