Park Life: No shortage of drama from curtailed football progamme

Beechwood Sundays and their combination striker/stopper Stephen Cooper.
Beechwood Sundays and their combination striker/stopper Stephen Cooper.
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A CURTAILED programme to start the new year but no shortage of drama given rather dramatic developments at both Beechwood Sundays and Belle Isle WMC.

To Beechwood first whose County Sunday Trophy clash with Grassgreener United sounds like game of the century.

The Leeds team trailed 6-3 at half-time and also saw their ’keeper get injured but the replacement custodian – who had already scored – then saved two penalties in the shoot-out whilst also scoring one himself.

Take a bow Stephen Cooper who absolutely warrants his place on the front cover as brilliant photos from Steve Riding launch the first Goals of 2016.

But even more significant has been the rollercoaster weekend at Belle Isle WMC who, thankfully, have not folded despite initially saying they had quit.

For whatever reason, teams folding is a sign of the times at present with former West Yorkshire League champions Bardsey’s demise particularly disappointing late last year.

From a Sunday football perspective, losing long established proud Leeds team Belle Isle would have been comparable – especially in light of them being reigning County Sunday Cup champions.

But after turning up with just six players for their weekend’s County Cup game, the club have, thankfully, redressed their initial decision to fold with a new manager set to be unveiled to the club’s players this coming Sunday.

Fair play to club secretary Don Chadwick for having a decent sense of humour when I asked him if Jose Mourhino was on his was way to Middleton Leisure Centre. Not him. Rafa Benitez was his response.

But good luck to whoever the new man at the helm is.

Belle Isle are part of the Leeds grassroots footy history and here’s hoping that even without Benitez they are here to stay.