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Notes from the Referees meeting October 28th. These have been emailed to members but are listed here.

 

1. Although the WFA playing rules now allow scoring a goal from any outfield area of the pitch we agreed unanimously to continue playing with our rule of only being able to score from the opposition half. This is because it encourages a more passing game and gets everyone involved more in the game.

2. Players with the ball in the corner or facing the fencing must be allowed to turn before a challenge for the ball is made. Only one player at a time may challenge in these circumstances. This is for safety reasons. Also players are not allowed to hold on to the fencing, except to stop themselves from falling. However, should a player on a team in the lead deliberately go to the corner to waste time and avoid being challenged and may be regarded that as unsporting behaviour and the ball given to the opposition. 

3. The people who give up 25% of their playing time each month to referee deserve respect and co-operation from the players. We recognise that we make mistakes sometimes (both when playing and refereeing) but the referee's decision must be accepted. Dissent towards a referee's decision will result in a warning and any continuing, or further, dissent is likely to result in a blue card, giving two minutes off the pitch to calm down, which will, obviously, impact on your team-mates. None of us like sending players off in our own sessions but we will if necessary.

4. If a player falls and the referee is uncertain whether he is OK, the game will be stopped until he is checked out. On restart, the ball will be returned to the side which had possession. This is to ensure player safety.

5. If the ball strikes the referee, causing the team in possession to lose it, play will stop and restart with a drop ball, giving it back to the team which had possession. Drop balls will always be uncontested in line with the new FA rules. 

6. The WFA rules state that when the game is stopped by a whistle from the referee it must be re-started in the same way. This has sometimes not been enforced but it was agreed that if the offence is by defenders in their own half of the pitch it should be enforced in future. If a kick is taken before the whistle is blown the free kick will be reversed (Other team takes free kick). 

7. Penalty takers must place the ball on the penalty spot, take one step back and may only take one step forward before striking the ball.
 

 

•The Midland Premier Walking Football League

 

After a successful start putting us third in the table from a win and a draw in The Midland Premier Walking Football League, the second round did not go as well with two defeats against excellent opposition, and the team slipped to 6th in the table. The November results saw the Senior Spireites win one and lose one.

Latest report from Steve Housely:

In today’s games Senior Spireites conceded the first goal against Oakham Catmose but equalised by half time and went on to deservedly win the game 3-1 with goals from Mark Griffiths on his debut, Pete Jacques and John Quinn.

 

In the second game Senior Spireites lost 3-1 to a physical Leicester team who had a player blue carded for a foul when leading 2-0. Unfortunately soon after Mark was blue carded for an over physical tackle. In the second half a fine goal from Pete reduced the arrears to 2-1 and Senior Spireites had some more chances although Keith Arrowsmith had to make some fine saves. Leicester scored their third and crucial goal to seal the win.

 

Thanks to the players and travelling supporters Steve Boston and Rick.

Previous results were: v Boston United, Drawn 2-2 (Pete Jacques, Steve Housely)

v Chilwell Won 3-1 (John Quinn 2, Pete Jacques)

v Stamford Strollers Lost 0-3

v Nottingham Bramcote Lost 1-7 (Rob Church )

•Christmas Lunch is on December 13, 2019 at the Chesterfield Panthers rugby club.