It’s not often I say this, but, at the moment I am a happy bunny!
Why.......Well it’s not down to the weather which has varied here this morning between bright sunshine and rain of almost biblical proportions, but because of the progress the League is making.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been to Avro and Wythenshawe Amateurs to see their new set ups. Impressive!!
This is in addition to the progress being made at Pennington, AFC Monton, RSH all of whom who have improved facilities over the past season, and other clubs who have works in progress to changing facilities, club rooms etc.
In some respects, this is perhaps because of the new clubs who have joined the league, Tintwistle is a new facility, BLGC is terrific, Hindley Juniors despite their current lack of success on the pitch, is a great set up, we have reserve sides belonging to NWCFL clubs all of whom have great grounds, or is it because we are an ambitious league looks g to progress?
I hope it is the latter, and if I have missed anyone out......I apologise!
On the field, Avro continue their impressive start. I watched them against Bolton County a couple of weeks ago and going forward they look to be a team to be reckoned with, certainly the 4G pitch suits them but they can play on grass as well. It's a long season and I'm sure the chasing pack will do their best to pull them back.
Division 1 is going to be interesting, all the teams look capable of beating one another on any given day, the couple of games I have seen in that division have certainly been competitive.
Division 2 looks to be suiting newcomers Tintwistle Athletic who have only lost one game so far, but having seen them and a couple of others in that division, I don't think they will have it all their own way.
Division 3 is always topsy turvy and that looks like it will be just the same this season. I have to say it looks as though it's not the easiest division to play in, I think "uncompromising" is the word I would use to describe some of the play I have seen, but when you play in a reserve side you always have to try to impress, just in case the call to "step up" comes.
Division 4 and Division 5 haven't been graced by a Presidential visit, as yet, but I hope to rectify that in the next couple of months, but AFC Monton are looking good at the moment although RSH A look as though they could give them a run for their money. In Division 5 Tintwistle Athletic, again, have found things to their liking, and are still undefeated having only dropped 1 point so far.
Regrettably, Heyside have had to withdraw their reserve side, which is disappointing, but, having had a long chat with their management, it would appear that, just at the moment, this is the correct decision. Hopefully they will be able to sort their problems out and come back next season with a reserve side.
Onto Wednesday, we are hosting the long-delayed Norman Noden Cup between Rochdale Sacred Heart and AFC Monton at Avro’s Vestacare Stadium with a 7.45 kick off. I hope to see a good number of you there. There will be hot and cold drink available, along with sheltered standing so no excuse not to be there.
Finally, can I remind all clubs that referees are an essential part of the league......I know there is no requirement to provide them with refreshments in our rules, and some I know bring their own, but please do your best to ensure that they do get a drink at half and full time, and, also make sure that they are paid in accordance with league instructions, in their dressing room within 20 minutes of the end of the game.
I always end with this......if you have any problems, don't tell anyone else, tell me!!