ATHERTON COLLIERIES AFC

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Bradley's Blog

2012/13 Season So Far

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Despite having only played 13 league games so far and only just over a third of the way through the league season, Colls have played 20 games in total out of a likely 41. Therefore either Saturday's game at Rochdale Town went ahead and took us over halfway, or today's game will do it!

 

The season began with a 3-2 victory - complete with thunderstorm and a panic over a kit mix-up - at Leek CSOB. The following Monday saw Colls on the wrong end of the same scoreline at home to Formby. The FA Cup was next with a trip to Dinnington Town (near Rotherham). A 2-0 victory for Colls in sunny South Yorkshire saw them progress to a Preliminary Round tie at home to Congleton Town.


Back in the league, another long trip followed, this time to Barrow to face Holker Old Boys. A superb 5-1 victory made for a happy coach journey home. Still in August, the first weather casualty of the season followed, when the game at Ashton Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A hectic first month of the season was rounded off nicely by a 2-1 victory over Congleton Town in the FA Cup.

 

It wasn't all plain sailing in the cup competitions though, as September's results prove. A disastrous opening 11 minutes saw Colls 3-0 down in the FA Vase at home to Ashton Town. Colls pulled it back to 3-2 before a soft penalty sealed it for the visitors. Colls hoped for better luck in the FA Cup. Abbey Hey stood in between Colls and a second qualifying round tie at FC Halifax Town. Colls didn't seem to be at the races and only began to trouble the Gorton side in injury time when they were already 2-0 down. It finished 2-1 and Abbey Hey were rewarded with a money-spinning trip to Halifax.

 

Back in the league, Colls were at "home" to their tenants. The first Alder House Derby between Colls and Oldham Boro saw the official "home" side win 3-1. A stunning 6-1 victory at home to Irlam saw Colls looking every inch promotion contenders. But a 3-2 defeat at Formby in highly controversial circumstances was the start of a slump. Defeats at home to Abbey Hey (2-5) in the league and Daisy Hill (1-3) in the county cup followed, the latter taking us into October. Colls exited the league cup at Chadderton to round off the slump.

 

Now out of all cup competitions bar the First Division Trophy, Colls went on a run picking up 13 points from 5 games. A lucky 2-1 win at Daisy Hill, with an own goal winning the game for the visitors was followed by a 3-0 victory at home to Cheadle. Another clean sheet followed at Irlam along with a point in a goalless draw that wasn't without chances. Colls then won by the odd goal in seven in a thriller at home to AFC Darwen.

 

Alan 'Big Al' Hayes, Colls' assistant physio, passed away at the beginning of November. The game at Abbey Hey went ahead and the players and coaching staff dedicated the 1-0 victory to him. The win was also the first by any club this season in a league game against Abbey Hey, who had a 100% record going into the match.

 

A 5-2 defeat at Eccleshall in the league and a 3-1 home defeat to Rochdale Town in the First Division Trophy bring us up to date. No games have taken place since then, leaving Colls with a backlog of seven games as we enter the start of the official Winter season. At the time of writing Colls are 5th in the table with 4 games in hand over most of the teams above, so are not in an unhealthy position. That said, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, so victory against our rivals on Boxing Day would be more than welcome!

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- assuming the world didn't end last Friday!

 

COME ON COLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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