End of Season Tour
Winteringham 0 - 1 Cormeilles-Lieurey First XI
Winteringham 2 - 1Cormeilles-Lieurey Veterans XI
Winteringham 7 - 0 Epaignes
Winteringham 0 - 1 Cormeilles-Lieurey First XI
Winteringham opened their French 2005 Tour with a game against local champions Cormeilles-Lieurey and under a baking sun, completely dominated a hard-fought match. However, midway through the first half, Cormeilles scored the only goal of the game.
The team coach had wound its way through beautiful Haute Normandie countryside, before descending into Cormeilles, and the well appointed 'stade' beneath the hills. The temperature in the shade was in the upper 20s - but there was no shade where the Winteringham players were about to strut their stuff!
Following the compulsory pose for press photographs, Winteringham kicked off facing what little breeze there was, and after just three minutes Cormeilles could have taken the lead, firing wide from a good position, but five minutes later Rob Parker brought a stunning save from the French keeper as Winteringham threatened to take an early lead.
Then Paul Smith played in Parker again, but under challenge from the cultured Cormeilles defence he could only fire wide, and then it was Rick Marsh's turn to blast just over the bar when in a good position.
It was a clean but hard-fought game between two evenly matched sides, though Winteringham were carving out the better chances, and playing some superb football on the deck, building their attacks from the back.
But Cormeilles took a surprise lead after 26 minutes. Winteringham had a couple of chances to clear the danger before the ball dropped nicely to a Cormeilles midfielder who placed a well struck shot over the keeper and into the Winteringham net. Other than the early screw wide, this was Cormeilles' first proper shot at goal.
Rob Parker then had a good run inside, but with the ball bobbling, he was robbed by the French defence.
Simon Stocks turned his shot wide following a free-kick that was hoisted in towards the Winteringham men gathered in the French box.
Winteringham's next corner on the right was taken by left-midfielder Paul Smith, and when the ball was cleared temporarily it wouldn't come down for John Cunningham, who was denied a shot on goal.
The half-time team talk centred on Winteringham not having put away any of their multitude of chances, and Cormeilles capitalising on their one and only chance.
Ten minutes later, Winteringham must have realised that it wasn't going to be their day when a promising attack was half-broken down by the French defenders, when an ill-considered back pass allowed Winteringham in again, and despite the valiant efforts of at least three green-clad gladiators, the ball squirmed wide of the goal.
Parker then played in Stocks who looked up, and tried to chip the keeper. However, the Frenchman was equal to the attempt and just managed to push the chance over the bar to earn a big round of applause from the home fans.
John Cunningham then capitalised on a great Simon Stocks backheel, only to see his shot fly wide again.
Stocks then gained a free-kick when his shirt was pulled as he looked to pass his man. The free-kick found Rob Parker, and he tried to go all the way ... but was robbed as he was about to pull the trigger.
It was still all Winteringham as the English side looked to gain the all-important equaliser, and they won several corners. With time running out, keeper Berridge raced upfield in an attempt to emulate the Glass goal for Carlisle several seasons ago, but it was not to be, and despite all their pressure, Winteringham had to concede victory to the home side.
Winteringham: Mick Scott, Lee McMahon, John Underwood, Rob Frear, Mike Fawcett, Paul Sykes, John Cunningham, Rick Marsh, Rob Parker, Simon Stocks, Paul Smith, Sid Dernian, Ian Brown, Wally Grice, Ian Berridge
The Winteringham FC contingent line up in their specially commissioned tops, on arrival at the Cormeilles Stadium.
The lads are put through their warming up routine by boss Tony Simons - though the beautiful blue sky (below) gives the clue that things are pretty warm already!
The teams line up before kick-off for the press corps photographs.
Half-time talk - and itís all about continuing to dominate the match as has happened in the first period.
Winteringham 2 - 1Cormeilles-Lieurey Veterans XI
The Winteringham Squad pose for the camera before kick-off.
The Winteringham pre-match team talk is in full swing while the Cormeilles-Lieurey veterans practice their touch in the background.
Pause for a break in play in the Winteringham Ďengine-roomí which controlled the middle of the park.
Goal! Rob Frear (hidden) nets the winner as he slips the ball past the despairing dive of the Cormeilles-Lieurey keeper.
Winteringham FC won their second match of their French Tour by the narrowest of margins after again dominating their opponents. But the French veterans team - French teams are not allowed to play over-35s in their League games - showed guile, class and not a little Gallic flair as the match went to the wire.
Winteringham, in all red, kicked off at the Epaignes Stadium, against their French opponents playing in yellow and blue. There was a big change in the weather from Saturday - with a steady rain lying on top of a previously bone dry and rock hard pitch making conditions very slippery.
Winteringham's first shot came after just a couple of minutes as 'Trigger' from 20 yards unleashed a left-footed drive past the far post, and then Robbie Parker was put through, skinning the French defence with his speed but pulling his shot wide when presented with a good opportunity to open the scoring.
Though Winteringham were dominating the early proceedings, they could have shipped a goal on 9 minutes as the Cormeilles-Lieurey team prised open the English defence and lifted a shot just over Scott's bar, and followed that up 30 seconds later with another shot on goal.
After 11 minutes though Winteringham's pressure paid off. There was a scramble following a Winteringham strike on goal as the ball ricocheted off the Cormeilles bar, and as the ball was smashed goalwards it was clearly handled on the goal-line by one of the yellow-shirted defenders. The referee, who had an excellent game throughout, pointed to the spot and Ian Berridge fired home to the keeper's right, leaving him no chance of saving the penalty.
Cormeilles first corner brought Mick Scott into some rare action, as he had to punch the ball out, with the French side looking to get back into the game immediately. Winteringham themselves won the next corner immediately afterwards, and it required two attempts for the goalie to keep the score down to one.
When Lee McMahon drifted past his marker, the Frenchman pulled him back and held him down - but the game was played in the right spirit with everyone laughing at the incident and Winteringham being awarded a free-kick.
After 24 minutes, Cormeilles made their first substitution whilst waiting to take a free-kick. If this was the reason for Winteringham temporarily losing concentration, then the French capitalised as the free-kick was floated in and diverted classily past the despairing dive of Mick Scott.
Mick Scott was in action again having to be first to a corner, and at this stage of the game the French side was probably just asserting its authority over the visitors, but Ian Brown and Paul Smith combined well to cause havoc in the yellows' defence, as keeper and defender got in one another's way and almost let in Simon Stocks.
The next action saw a tasty diagonal cross pushed across the French goal by Paul Smith and with Rob Parker racing in the ball tantalisingly avoided his outstretched boot with an open goal beckoning.
Back at the other end, the Cormeilles number 9 spun on the ball and was only a few inches wide with his diverting of the ball past Mick Scott.
Paul Smith then smashed in a terrific rising shot, which was acrobatically kept out by the French keeper, who expertly saved the follow-up corner.
Cunningham's next shot was saved and then spilled by the French keeper, with no-one available to apply the finishing touch, and the corner was headed wide.
Winteringham had reasserted their authority after the half-time team talk and Ian Berridge forced a good save when he lashed in another effort. Winteringham claimed a handball as John Cunningham fired in an effort, but it would have been harsh to have given a penalty.
Stocks replaced Berridge.
There was good sportsmanship from Mick Scott, when he himself gave a corner after the referee had indicated a goal-kick.
After 74 minutes the French keeper was called into action again when a 20 yarder forced him into a good save, then John Underwood headed well towards goal only to see his effort plucked out of the air.
Paul Sykes stormed in with 40 yard effort that looked a goal all the way - only to see it smash onto the top of the bar with the keeper well-beaten. Had it been a few inches lower it would have been the goal of the tour!
Winteringham were exerting almost constant pressure in the final stages of the game, and with 6 minutes to go 'Trig' Marsh set up the winner leaving Rob Frear to turn the ball expertly past the helpless, grounded keeper.
Simon Stocks then had three successive attempts on goal, as Winteringham controlled the game as the clock ran down.
Result: Winteringham 2 - 1 Cormeilles-Lieurey Veterans
Winteringham: Mick Scott, John Underwood, Trigger Marsh, Rob Frear, Paul Sykes, Ade Marsh, John Cunningham, Paul Smith, Ian Berridge, Simon Stocks, Lee McMahon, Ian Brown, Wally Grice, Robbie Parker, Ian Dernian
Winteringham 7 - 0 Epaignes
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The teams before the kick-off between Winteringham FC and Epaignes.
After playing their opening game in blistering heat, Winteringham played their final game on French soil in a downpour that lasted for every minute of the match! But the weather couldn't dampen the spirits, skill or determination of the lads from North Lincolnshire, as they blasted their way to a 7-0 victory - their third game in just over 24 hours!
Winteringham dominated from the start when Simon Stocks played in John Cunningham, and it took a flying save from the Epaignes keeper to tip the ball onto the post.
Cunningham threatened again, with a shot just inside the near post, but this time the home keeper was again equal to the challenge and kept the ball out. There was then an amazing cross from the Winteringham right as three players all went for the ball sliding through the mud feet first - two Winteringham strikers and their opposition's goalie. Amazingly the ball eluded all three and went out for a goal-kick.
Winteringham gained a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position. With Epaignes forming a four-man wall, Sid Dernian carefully spotted the ball, ran up, and placed an accurate free kick low into the Epaignes net.
Moments later, Rick Marsh and the Epaignes shot-stopper had a race for the ball, and arrived more or less at the same moment - surprisingly escaping injury, but a French defender arriving from nowhere came off a definite second best, taking some time to recover.
Rick Marsh then forced another great save gaining a corner for the English side, but it was a momentís respite as Simon Stocks went in on goal and tucked the ball away nicely through the keeper's legs.
With Winteringham rampant, Rob Parker slung over an inviting cross for Simon Stocks to desperately try to convert sliding across the mud, but just diverting the ball the wrong side of the post.
A Sid Dernian 'special' crashed into a French defender who went down as though pole-axed, and the follow-up shot was well saved by the French keeper. Stocks then hit the post and Rick Marsh followed up to put Winteringham in the comfort zone.
Cunningham then slotted the ball inside the post for Winteringham's fourth goal of the game, and Rick Marsh tried to add to Epaignes woes when he brought a flying save from their goalie.
With a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead, the Winteringham team stayed out in the rainstorm while their opponents headed for the safety and dry conditions of the dressing room. Winteringham changed personnel at half-time, but when the game resumed, so did the one-way traffic on Epaignes goal, and it wasn't long before a glorious build-up through the Winteringham midfield and right wing saw Paul Smith hit the ball into the far corner.
Winteringham had the ball in the net again shortly afterwards, but this time they had been caught off-side and the goal was ruled out.
Paul Smith then beat his man and laid the ball back for John Cunningham to lash home
Paul Smith, playing a central striking role, had to fight and claw his way through the home defence and then fired narrowly wide, but Winteringham wouldn't be denied and the next shot was deflected on its way into the goal, leaving the French keeper a helpless onlooker as the ball nestled in the net from Rob Parkerís fiercely hit strike.
Winteringham continued to press for more goals but with the rain still lashing down a halt was called with Winteringham's comfortable 7 - 0 win a good end to the club's French Tour.
The French Officials praised Winteringham for the way that they had played attractive open football, which had devastated the home defence.
Final score: Winteringham 7 - 0 Epaignes
Winteringham: Ian Berridge, Mick Scott, John Underwood, Mark Fawcett, Rob Frear, Paul Sykes, Rick Marsh, Ade Marsh, Paul Smith, Rob Parker, Simon Stocks, Sid Dernian, Lee McMahon, John Cunningham, Wally Grice Ian Brown
Following a 7-0 victory, Winteringham finish on a high note. Here both teams head for the showers after thanking one another for a hard-fought but clean game played in a downpour throughout the whole 90 minutes.