Wigan Whites took part in the first round of League fixtures at a nippy (weather wise) Prescot Soccer Centre.
We kitted up next to the two urinals and off we went to play, or so we thought.
The league consisted of twelve teams split into two divisions, however one club from each League didn’t turn up so we went straight from playing six games down to five.
Played under FA Walking Rules with ten minute game duration.
Our first designated game against Real Ale Madrid were one of the teams in the no show, so that gave us a winning start to the proceedings, we were awarded three points and a one nil victory.
Our first “proper” match was against Prescot A, strict refereeing was the order of the day.
We went a goal down from a fine effort but replied almost immediately with a quality strike from Dave Woosey.
With four minutes remaining Bill Burton was sin binned for three minutes for persistent running which surprised us all really, match ended 1-1.
At midday we kicked off against Sandgrounders and we quickly went two goals down and were staring defeat solidly in the face.
However once again after a sluggish start to the match we gained control and Dave Woosey scored a well taken goal.
This seemed to make our opponents very nervous, who in the last minute gave away a stonewall penalty for playing the ball in the area, even his own team mates could not believe what he had done and Dave Woosey slammed home the resultant spot kick, played our get out of jail card again.
Cue the final whistle and we had clawed clear of defeat again with the match ending all square 2-2.
Next up were Kendals and we went the usual goal down again until Stephen Anderton claimed a much deserved equaliser with Bill Burton getting in a tremendous block to keep the game at 1-1 with only seconds left.
Our next and last opponents of the day were mysteriously named “The Hub”
As per the other games we were very soon losing again but just after the five minute mark once again Dave Woosey popped up with another goal to make it all square.
With time rapidly running out as both teams went for the winner Dave Malone was hit in the face with a pile-driver from close range.
It didn’t knock him unconscious but it wasn’t looking good and took quite a while for him to regain his composure.
Fortune favored the brave and The Hub had a man sin-binned and we then played our worst football of the day.
With a minute or so left he came back on to be greeted moments later as Stephen Anderton hammered one into the top corner that the opposing keeper never saw.
We then played some neat keep ball and the ran out 2-1 winners.
Special mention to our super fan and Wigan Walker groupie Tommy Ryan whose vocal encouragement and wise tactical nous was very much appreciated by all the squad.
Next round of the League will be the last Sunday in October, the 28th.