Five Things We Learned - w/e Saturday 10th March 2018

Mon 12th March 2018 | General
By Ian Templeman

Rain, rain, go away...

In his book "Bring Me Sunshine" that takes a look at the vagaries of the British weather, author Charlie Connelly writes:

"Considering this aspect of the atmosphere keeps us alive and has prompted most of our great steps forward in species development, what do we do about the rain? We moan about it. Constantly. Sometimes with good reason when it floods our homes, extinguishes our barbecues, puts a premature end to test matches, or worst of all, prompts Cliff Richard to sing acapella to a crowd of tennis fans".

All good points but "consistently wrecks the Hallmark Security League fixtures schedule" would also be an appropriate addition to the list.

Once again, we have had a week with numerous fixtures postponed, and for some clubs it's getting to the point where playing football outdoors is becoming a novelty. Abbey Hulton United and Prestwich Heys, for example, have only played four games in 2018, and an alarmingly long list of others have only played six.

It can only get better, and in the meantime, we can only keep our fingers crossed for an improvement in the weather, and avoid downloading Bonnie Tyler's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" to listen to as alternative entertainment.

All back on track for Hanley       

Memories of their mid-season blip are now becoming a distant memory for Hanley Town.

After a good start, Town lost six games on the bounce, but are now back in the groove with just one defeat in their last six games.

They racked up their record league win on Saturday with an 8-2 victory over Maine Road, and with ace marksman Theo Stair notching his first hat trick of the season on Saturday, it's looking good for a strong end to the season for Michael Edwards' men.

Derby delight for Widnes

Widnes sent out a yet another signal that they are a force to be reckoned with when they beat Runcorn Linnets 2-1 in the Halton derby last Monday.

Table topping Linnets have only lost four league games all year, and two of them have been in the couple of weeks home and away to Widnes.

On current form there won't be many sides who will complete a league double over Linnets, and joint-managers Kev Towey and Ste Akrigg will no doubt have enjoyed their victories over their local rivals.

Six in a row for Sandbach

The form team in Division One at the moment are Sandbach United, who have continued in March where they left off in February by keeping up the winning habit.

After collecting the Macron Club of the Month award for February, they bagged a 4-0 win over Daisy Hill on Saturday that moved them into fourth place, further cementing their challenge for a play-off spot.

Out of their remaining league games, just four are at home and nine are away, but Andy Hockenhull's men look in good shape for the shake up at the end of the season.

Free scoring Bucks continue to prosper

A few weeks back we made note of the entertainment value surrounding games involving Bootle, and that pattern shows no sign of abating.

The 3-3 draw at home to Runcorn Town on Tuesday night now means that only once in their last ten games - a 2-0 win over tenants City of Liverpool - has a game involving the Bucks had less than four goals.

There's little chance of anyone complaining about value for money when the Bucks are in town.


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