“The Wanderers can be proud of their performance today. Despite an average age well in excess of our competitors, we only lost 3rd place in the group of death to a fluky goal (off Stephen Caven’s backside) to the eventual winners. ”
John Myatt, Team Captain
Wakefield were drawn in the group of death at the Farrah Rose 50+ tournament organised by Eddie Gibson and the committee at Leeds Titans. Farrah Rose French was just 18 months old when she died in her sleep. Her Granddad played WF for Grangemouth and the inaugural tournament trophy in her memory was won by Titans who hosted the 2017 event.
A last kick 2-1 defeat to Man City with Jim Pedley on the score sheet was followed by a 0-1 defeat to pre-tournament favourites Peterlee, who scored with a long range shot with minutes remaining.
In the third game Wanderers met Sheffield Vulcans who went on to win the tournament. Wanderers took a lead from a lovely worked goal when Mick Wilde converted a pass from Niall O’Donnell who unluckily then hit the crossbar in the next attack. Vulcans pulled back 2 goals with a cruel deflection winning the match for them.
In the final group game Wakefield cut loose against Chadderton and ran up 5 goals from John Myatt, Steve Caven and a hat trick from Jim.
A fine defensive performance from the team with only slim margins determining winners and losers. John Jones and Stephen Stoker were strong and reliable and the ageing Wanderers certainly did not lie down against the younger teams in the group.
Dave Holbrow was an excellent referee throughout Group 1 games and Niall O’Donnell refereed a couple of games in an interesting and well organised competition.
Thanks to Eddie and the Titans for running the tournament and congratulations to the Vulcans who beat Titans in a closely contested final.
We could have, and should have beaten Vulcans in our group game......
Wanderers 1 Manchester City 2 (Pedley)
Wanderers 0 Peterlee 1
Wanderers 1 Sheffield Vulcan 2 (Wilde)
Wanderers 5 Chadderton 0 Pedley 3, Myatt & Caven)
Updated 22:31 - 22 May 2017 by David Holbrow