Welcome to the return of the Paddock Roundup! This is where we give you guys a quick summary about what’s been going on across the whole club. It wasn’t just the First team who played a friendly last weekend but so did our Amateurs.
Firsts: Stretford Paddock 2-7 Premier League XI
Paddock, last weekend, welcomed the return of a Premier League XI made up of ex footballers and, like the name suggests, some ex Premier League players. Last season, Joleon Lescott captained a side which beat Paddock by 4 goals to 1 however this season, it was ex Premier League winner, Danny Simpson who wore the armband.
Paddock were facing a very high quality football team on Saturday – and the scoreline showed that. Our opponents were fantastic in possession and clinical in front of goal. Paddock conceded 7 goals in the end but managed to bag a couple of ‘worldies’.
A freekick from the edge of the box was whipped into the top corner with pace from Omar Sinclair and James Oatt ended the game with a stunning volley to give Paddock another consolation.
Despite the scoreline, Paddock had a few spells of possession where they managed to get beyond the Premier League XI’s high press. The First’s return to action tomorrow in the Cheshire League against Haydock FC.
Amateurs: Stretford Paddock 6-0 Bolton Lions
In our friendly against Bolton Lions, Paddock sailed their way to a 6-0 victory – a result which will give the club confidence heading back into the league.
Manager, Tom Evsi, said that the football he saw last weekend was “the best football of the season”. It was evident that work from the training ground was finally getting through to the players.
Our Amateurs are currently bottom of the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Premier Division but now have a bit of momentum behind them.
U21’s: Stretford Paddock 0-2 UDA Soccer Royals
A 2-0 loss at home means that Stretford Paddock remain bottom of the North West Under 21 Development League Championship A.
During the first half, Paddock seemed to be panicky in possession and struggled to penetrate effectively. However, during the second half, they managed some good passing plays and adapted well to the new shape.
Despite losing 0-2, the team’s performance did not resemble that of a bottom-ranked team, giving optimism for future games.