Midcheshire Independent Issue 128

Issue 128 • March 2020 24 Follow us on Facebook: yourlocalinde Independent LOCAL SPORT NANTWICH Town FC fell to narrow defeat at home to FC United of Manchester. Despite a strong start to the game that saw Sean Cooke come close on a few occasions, it was the visitors’ Aaron Morris whowouldheadhome theonly goal of he game just a fewmin- utes before half-time. Dave Cooke wouldmake two changes to the side that played out a scoreless draw with Lancaster City, as James Lawrie and EthonVarianwere replaced byTroy Bourne and JoeMalkin. The Dabbers would have the first half-chance of the game, as Matty Devine fired a shot over thebar after Cookehadnudged it through the defender’s legs. A minute later, David Webb found Sean Cooke in the box, but the midfielder’s snap-shot was just wide of the far post. Cooke would probably have the best chance of the game after eight minutes, as the mid- fielder’s shot was straight down the throat of the FC United goalkeeper Cameron Belford. The first chance for the vis- itors came for the league top goalscorer Tunde Owolabi, as a counter-attack found the striker, but Prince Haywood wouldbe able to step in front of the attacker. Soon after, Joe Mwasile received the ball on the edge of the box, before side-step- ping inside and hitting it just wide of the top-right corner. Regan Linney for the visitors hit one abruptly that went over the bar after a nice one-two in the FC United midfield. On the half-hour mark, Haywood flicked the ball over the head of Belford, but there was nobody to turn the ball home. On the forty-third minute, a corner into the box found the head of Aaron Morris, who put the ball past Hall as FC United took the lead. Man of the match was Josh Langley. Attendancewas 580. GROW the Game is back for a 10th year with £1.5m available for clubs to turn their aspirations of creat- ing new female and disa- bility teams into reality. The scheme, which is funded by The FA and Sport England, and delivered by the Football Foundation, priori- tises support for traditionally under-represented groups in grassroots football. Last year’s edition gave approximately 16,000 people the chance to get involved by creating 884 female and 257 disability teams respectively. Grow the Game grants of £1,500 will be made availa- ble for every new team cre- ated, helping to relieve the financial burden on clubs by contributing towards FA coaching courses, first aid kits, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, new kit or equipment. Baroness Sue Campbell, Director of Women’s Foot- ball at The FA, said: “We want to ensure that women and girls across the country have opportunities to take part in football. Grow the Game has helped towards The FA’s strategic goal of doubling female participation in recent years. I hope to see even more teams being cre- ated and supported in 2020.” The application window for Grow the Game is now open and closes on May 31. JUNIOR football clubs in Cheshire are being offered the chance to score a brand-new strip, courtesy of local business, Recognition Express. For the fourth year running, Chester-based Recognition Express has launched a com- petition for Under 16s teams to nominate their unsung hero and win a complete set of new football shirts, shorts and socks for the team’s 2019/2020 season. Said Alan Stones, director of Recognition Express Cheshire: “Our annual Unsung Heroes competition is a fantastic way to recognise those who sup- port junior football clubs to ensure these young players reach their potential. Grassroots football funding for new teams Dabbers in home defeat Nantwich Town 0 FC United of Manchester 1 Nominate your football club’s unsung hero Club proves a runaway success PEOPLE across Mid Cheshire and beyond are putting their best foot forward as part of a new running club which has proved a big success since being launched in November. Rock Salt Runners was formed by a small group of enthusiasts and is already hosting an actionpacked programme of events and train- ing courses. Winsford friends Charlotte Mills and Iain Borsbey, both keen runners, decided it would be a great idea to resurrect the much-loved and missed Winsford 10k which had evaded cal- endars in 2018 leaving many local runners disappointed. Charlotte said: “We managed to organise the event in just 10 weeks despite some challenging complica- tions that almost had us pulling the plug. On the day heavy rain meant that most local races had to be can- celled due to flooding. Even though the river burst its banks and half the course flooded, we managed to go ahead and deliver the race using a modified out and back version of the route. “The course was a little long but all 285 runners who managed to attend, completed with some incred- ible times. Having realised just how many unaffiliated runners there were in Winsford who’d entered the event the team decided it was time to offer some group runs in the area. Rock Salt Runners are inviting people to join them including beginners “A RunTogether group was estab- lished in November under the Eng- land Athletics initiative and quickly grew to a group of regular attendees by Christmas. “In January an AGM was held and a committee formed enabling an application for UK Athletics Affilia- tion to be submitted. The application has been approved already meaning that ‘Rock Salt Runners’ are an officially recognised club based in and around Winsford and covering most of Mid-Cheshire.” The club is staging a road relay race to take place on March 29. The race will use a 800m loop on Road Three, Winsford Industrial Estate). Teams of four runners each run two loops (1 mile per leg) and hand over a chip timed baton. For each team who enter a donation of £3 will be made to Home Start Cheshire. There’s a couch to 10k programme which will culminate in a gradua- tion at a Winsford Spring 10k event on May 17. An October 18 race sup- porting St Luke’s Hospice is also in the diary. Charlotte added: “We’ve part- nered with the Hotpod Yoga Studio in Northwich to offer day time run sessions on Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Participants have the opportu- nity to come along for a run. We are offering complete beginners a couch to 5k programme so everyone wel- come. For those who are keen there is also the option of then staying for the yoga session at 11am. “We are evolving quickly so if you can’t find what you are looking for on our website do feel free to contact us.” Go to www.rocksaltrunning.com or email info@rocksaltrunning.com “Anyone who goes over and above for the club can be nominated; from coaches and caretakers to club secretar- ies and groundsmen, anyone whoseselflessnessandcommit- ment allows girls and boys to enjoy football in a safe, friendly andwelcoming environment.” With club sponsorship hard to come by, along with the added expense for mums and dads, Recognition Express is delighted to offer one lucky team the chance to light up their next match in a new strip, in a design of their choosing. Added Alan: “As specialists in recogni- tion products, promotional items and branded clothing, it makes sense for us to combine donating a new team strip to a local junior football club whilst recognising an unsung hero. It gives us the chance to rec- ognise the contribution these unsung heroes make and give something back to the com- munity we serve.” Anyone can nominate a junior football club hero. The competition is open to all under 16’s junior football clubs playing in Cheshire. To enter visit www.recogni- tion-express.com/cheshire/ nominate-football-hero GOT A SPORTS STORY? Email: jan@independentnewspapers.co.uk