Alder­ley frus­trated as Bay notch the win

Wilmslow Express - - SPORT - HOCKEY BEN WHITE­HEAD

Golf lets you set your own pace. You can even drive a cart if you get tired and im­por­tantly you can keep up your tech­nique and im­prove as you get older.

Golf has been linked to im­prov­ing your phys­i­cal and men­tal health. It can also in­crease your feel­ings of so­cial sat­is­fac­tion.

You’re not hemmed in by bound­aries as you are with other sports; you also get the chance to visit some of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the coun­try where golf cour­ses are sit­u­ated, and ex­pe­ri­ence views of na­ture you rarely see any­where else.

Any­one can play golf and it ap­peals to a wide age range. Golf may be dif­fi­cult to learn at first, but I have wit­nessed many non-golfers start in their 40s, 50s, 60s and be­yond and still achieve great en­joy­ment and sat­is­fac-

Wilm­slow Golf Club’s Matthew Gilling­ham is hop­ing to at­tract a wider au­di­ence to the game

tion from the sport.

Golf can bring fam­i­lies to­gether, out­side get­ting ex­er­cise. Golf can bring out friendly com­pe­ti­tion and im­por­tantly you get a chance to spend time to­gether and ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new and mem­o­rable.

Although the purists would say the real op­po­nent is the golf course, you will ex­pe­ri­ence com­pe­ti­tion be­tween friends, work col­leagues, fam­ily and fel­low club mem­bers. The com­pet­i­tive edge can help spur you on to im­prove and de­velop your game.

Golf is of­ten de­scribed as a ‘mini-hol­i­day’ even if you’re in your home town, golf can make you feel more re­laxed and help you get away from the stresses life can bring. Golf­ing breaks can open up a whole new di­men­sion to hol­i­day plans and of­fer new lo­ca­tions and des­ti­na­tions to visit.

Once you start play­ing golf you re­alise there is a whole new world that has just opened up to you. This will in­clude clubs, trol­leys and of course a new wardrobe! There’s noth­ing like hav­ing an ex­cuse to buy new toys!

Golf is the per­fect venue to make new friend­ships and strengthen old ones. When a golfer joins a friend for 18 holes she is guar­an­teed three to four hours with them. If you show up at the course alone you have the po­ten­tial to meet some­one new, share a tee time and spend an af­ter­noon get­ting to know them.

Many busi­ness deals are com­pleted on a golf course. I’ve taught many in­di­vid­u­als who are start­ing the game as they know what a pos­i­tive im­pact it can have on their busi­ness deals and con­nec­tions. A round of golf can be a great sub­sti­tute for a busi­ness meet­ing, a board­room con­fer­ence or even a let­ter of in­tro­duc­tion.

Wilm­slow Golf Club pro­motes golf­ing equal­ity and is en­cour­ag­ing more women and fam­i­lies to get into golf.

One lady who was out on the course for the first time said: “I ad­mit to find­ing golf chal­leng­ing when I first started, but the en­cour­age­ment from the Wilm­slow ladies, plus ex­pert tu­ition from Matthew and his team and ad­vice about equip­ment, have made golf a great source of en­joy­ment.

“Added to which I’ve made some great new friends.”

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Matthew (left) on 01565 873620. ALDER­LEY Edge hosted high-fly­ing Whit­ley Bay this week­end look­ing to avenge de­feat in the re­verse fix­ture, where they were out­played.

From the start Alder­ley set up to make use of the pace out wide. This nearly paid div­i­dends as Sam Gre­gory broke away but was foiled by the keeper.

Ben Gre­gory was de­nied a clean shot at goal by the um­pire award­ing him a foul and Adam Wildig saw a shot go wide of the post.

Alder­ley Edge were made to rue th­ese missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as, on the counter-attack the Whit­ley Bay for­ward broke into the D and fin­ished.

Alder­ley had chances to equalise as Ciaran San­ders made room for him­self but saw his shot can­non off the post, Frankie Bryant un­able to fin­ish the re­bound.

Whit­ley Bay were more in the game and Edge keeper James Ri­ley saved well from a penalty cor­ner as chances be­gan to even out. The Bay keeper thwarted a com­bi­na­tion of Coxon and Wildig, but the lat­ter did score with a de­ci­sive touch on Gre­gory’s shot.

But on the stroke of half­time Whit­ley Bay’s tidy penalty-cor­ner rou­tine saw them re­take the lead.

The ex­er­tions of the first half seemed to knock the stuffing out of Alder­ley and de­spite the bright per­for­mance of Todd Leddy and good de­fen­sive work from Kay and Cre­sey, they were never re­ally the dom­i­nant team.

Ri­ley was by far the busier keeper and was called into ac­tion nu­mer­ous times to sweep up be­hind the de­fence.

Whit­ley Bay scored a third when a bob­bling ball was slapped into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Alder­ley won a string of penalty cor­ners but couldn’t find the tar­get and the match fin­ished 3-1.

Edge’s sec­ond team dom­i­nated hosts North­ern, win­ning 4-0 with con­verted penalty cor­ners by An­drew Wood, Joe Gre­gory and Nick Sims. Oli Wildig was also on tar­get.

The thirds con­ceded in the last minute as they lost 3-2 to Tri­ton.

The fourth team kept their pro­mo­tion hopes alive with a 5-1 win over Dee­side Ram­blers.

The fifth string de­feated Ch­ester 3-2 but the sixths lost to Tim­per­ley fifths.

A sea­son to re­mem­ber for the tal­ented sev­enth team con­tin­ues. Their 9-0 win at Tri­ton means they’ve scored 34 un­op­posed goals in three games.

Goal­keeper Martin Webb didn’t touch the ball as Sean Neary (3), Sam Buck­ing­ham (2), Wil­liam Hed­ley (2), Mor­gan Jen­nings and Greg John­son saw them coast to victory.

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