The first league games of the Ability Counts league season for our Workington Pan disability/Inclusive team took place at Harraby 3G the 9th May.
The Reds have two teams competing, one in the Premier league (6 aside), a four team division and one in the Championship (5 aside), a 6 team division.
With only 12 players on the evening, both teams were going in short of subs on a warm evening.
Both teams have a nickname for the leagues, which are ‘Hoppers’ (a tribute to Tony Hopper) and ‘Marras’.
Both leagues are 7 minutes each way with 3pts for a win, 2 pts for a draw and 1 point for a defeat, designed to keep competition close.
In the Premier league, the ‘Hoppers’ took on Carlisle City Deaf and played really well in a tight game and came out 2-0 winners which was a fine result against a team who play nationally.
The next game was against Carlisle Spartans. A game where Spartans’ keeper made some superb saves, yet somehow the score finished 0-0.
The final game saw the ‘Hoppers’ taking on the current champions, Carlisle Reivers Panthers.
This was a game where the ‘Hoppers’ cut loose and once the 1st goal went in, every shot seemed to go in. It was a stunning effort and the final score of 6-1 was something the players can be proud of.
This has put the ‘Hoppers’ in top spot for the month which is an incredible start and the progress made from the previous months friendly games was impressive to see. Eight goals scored and just one conceded in the three games played.
In the Championship the ‘Marras’ first played Carlisle Reivers Cheetahs. In a very tight game both teams were finding their feet, but a single goal in the game brought in a 1-0 win for the ‘Marras’.
Their second game was against Carlisle Utd orange. The ‘Marras’ got off to a swift 2-0 lead but were then pegged back to 2-2 very quickly by Carlisle. Stepping up a gear, the ‘Marras’ ran out convincing 7-2 winners.
The ‘Marras’ third game was against Whitehaven Warriors and they kept on with the scoring theme banging in a few more goals leading to a 7-0 victory.
With three wins from three games on the night, and like their championship counterparts, the ‘Marras’ are sitting pretty at the top of the league.
A special mention goes out to Robbie Murray who scored 10 goals in the 3 games. 15 goals and 2 conceded is good going.
Overall this was a night to remember and the way the players responded despite being short of subs was incredible, they all did themselves proud on the night and played some lovely football.
The atmosphere on the coach home was buzzing. No doubt other teams will improve as the season goes on, and some games will be tougher, but it is a great confidence booster for the squad to start off with.
Next Meeting is 6th June at Harraby 3G.
Mark Thompson, Team coach.