“After some recent defeats it was great for our veterans to experience the joy of winning, and to receive our first trophy.”
John Myatt, Team Captain
The latest competitive outing for the over 65s saw a squad of seven travel to York to take part in a mini tournament organised by our good friend Joe Scargill at York City FC Foundation.
The Foundation were excited about staging their first age-specific Walking Football tournament, held at York City FC Training Ground.
The event got off to a dramatic start when Mick Wilde’s sat nav took us to some farmer's fields located on the outskirts of York. Frantic phone calls to Joe, and revised directions, enabled us to find a guy waving a Foundation Banner and directing us to the Training Ground – still in the middle of nowhere !!
Originally 4 teams were scheduled to take part in the inaugural 65+ tournament but Rothwell Old Boars had to pull out, which left teams from York, Malton and Wakefield playing each other twice.
Dispensation had been given to allow two under age players so the the Wanderers had with Martin Burrell in goal and Mick Wilde playing outfield.
Our squad comprised:
Goals were at a premium and the first 12 minute game saw us draw 0-0 with Malton despite having the better chances.
In the second game John Rooke put his poacher instincts to good use by slotting home a chance from close range. Sadly, we then suffered a cruel blow when, with seconds remaining, Martin Burrell managed to divert the ball into his own goal when trying to deal with a vicious corner.
The Wanderers put these setbacks behind them in the second stage games with two comfortable wins. Mick Wilde found the net to secure victory against Malton and then, in the final game against the hosts York, Dave Cossins, operating in a more advanced role, scored a brace. This included bundling Team Captain John Myatt out of the way for his first – clearly a man determined to get his name on the score sheet!
Malton - Drew 0-0
York - Drew 1-1 (John Rooke)
Malton - Won 1-0 (Mick Wilde)
York - Won 2-0 (Dave Cossins 2)
Following the presentation, the squad returned home without any further sat nav malfunctions, making a brief stopover at the Malt Shovel to celebrate the first success for over 65 squad.
Updated 21:41 - 30 Aug 2017 by David Holbrow