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News & Tournaments

Welcome to the Stamford Strollers news and tournaments page

 

Here you will find the latest news items and results for the walking football teams at Stamford Strollers, based in South Lincolnshire.

By stamfordstrollers, Jan 25 2020 04:00AM

Report by skipper Gary Wildsmith:


Our first tournament of the year saw us travel to St Neots. The tournament was competed for by 7 teams. Each team playing 4 games in a straight league format. The top 4 teams then competing in Semi Finals.

Our games were as follows :-


Enfield

Huntingdon

Bedford

Rushden


The pitches were a good size however they were let down by some rather large goal areas, which meant goals were going to hard to come by.


Our opening fixture was a well competed 0-0 draw. Few chances were created and those that created were handled well by the goalkeepers. This pretty much became the theme for the day in the other matches as well.


Our second game again saw an oft repeated offence of defender in the area resulting in a penalty. Gary Wildsmith dispatching the chance. Paul Archer then added a well taken second to give us a 2-0 win.

Another tight game against a well organised Bedford team resulted in another long distance shooting game. A well taken goal from a tight angle by Gary Wildsmith proving the only difference.


The result pretty much guaranteed our qualification from the league on 7 points and no goals conceded.

Our last game against Rushden proved another tough affair.Although we had the majority of the play and shots we couldn’t beat their keeper and the game ended 0-0.


This meant we qualified for the knockout phase semi finals in second place on 8 points. Sleaford has taken top spot with 10 points.


Our Semi final was against a strong Wisbech side. Both teams defended well with few chances created. A long range effort from Will Barrett proving the difference. A well played out win meant we would face Sleaford in the final.


A tight game ensued. Neither team creating many chances. Unfortunately two encroachments into the penalty area cost us dearly. Both penalties dispatched by Sleaford were the only goals we conceded all day. A testament to the strong team play and excellent goalkeeping of Paul Newiss.


Well done to all those that took part and another piece of silverware for the cabinet.


A well organised and refereed tournament was let down by the goal areas.


Group section

d0-0 v Enfield

w2-0 v Huntingdon (Wildsmith, Archer)

w1-0 v Bedford (Wildsmith)

d0-0 v Rushden


Semi

w1-0 v Wisbech (Barrett)


Final

l0-2 v Sleaford


Squad:

P Wilkinson, P Newiss, P Archer, L Tillen, G Wildsmith, W Barrett, J Norris.


By stamfordstrollers, Jan 19 2020 04:26PM

Stamford Strollers 1 Boston 0


Stamford hosted Boston at Borderville this afternoon, in the inaugural game of the friendly Tinsel Cup, which will hopefully be an annual, pre-Christmas event going forward. The Strollers were very up for this game, having had a run of close defeats against Boston over recent months. Stamford were ably represented by Paul Newiss, William Barrett, John Hutchins, Jez Norris, Gary Wildsmith, Lee Tillen, Stephen Gates, Scott Sawers and Colin Barrett-Treen. It was a beautiful day for football, with clear skies and no wind, although the low sun was problematical for the keepers. In fact in many respects, it was a game of two keepers, with only a single goal scored and a string of good saves at both ends.


Stamford started a little on the slow side, but quickly got in to their stride and despite no goals in the first half, were clearly on top, with plenty of attempts on goal, a number of which hit the woodwork. Stamford managed to continue in this vein in to the second half and although Boston did create a couple of good chances, Stamford again were on top and again managed to hit the post and bar on more than one occasion. With no more than a few minutes remaining, Stamford’s pressure paid off with a well taken strike from Gary Wildsmith, finding the back of the net, despite The Boston keeper getting a hand to the ball, giving Stamford a well deserved, if not close, one goal to nil victory.


Thanks go to Boston for making the trip, to Taff Lovesey and Guy Walton for all they do for the club and also to those that turned up to support both teams.



By stamfordstrollers, Jan 14 2020 05:21PM

During the 12 week period at the end of 2019, the FA and Marie Curie sponsored 12 weekly sessions in an effort to introduce walking football to new players.


With the FA effectively funding 12 weeks of pitch time, the clubs decided not to charge our players but the lads themselves decided to collect their subs regardless and donate them to Marie Curie.


Over the period the players raised £456 for Marie Curie and we recently presented this sum to Jennie Tansley, a volunteer at Marie Curie, during one of our weekly kick about sessions.



You can read more about the great work that Marie Curie do and donate to them via their website at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/



By stamfordstrollers, Jan 10 2020 06:00PM

Report from skipper Gary Wildsmith:


Match day 5 saw the much anticipated return matches from Match Day 1 with the Strollers having a point to prove?


Our first game saw us play Oakham. The match was fairly one sided with the Strollers having much of the possession but little to show for their efforts. A deflected long distance effort from Gary Wildsmith did little to settle the nerves. Our ‘friend’ turned opponent for the day Pete Wilkinson scored to equalise with one of the few chances afforded to our nearest local rivals. Another gritty display was topped off by Tim Marsden who stepped up to the plate giving the Strollers a 2-1 victory which did little to show the dominance we displayed.


Unbeaten and second in the league Boston were our next game. As expected a close battle ensued with neither side giving their opponents an easy ride. Tackles were fast and furious (sometimes a little too fast and furious) and chances were few and far between. In the end a solitary Dave Scotney goal in the first half proving the difference between the two sides. An enjoyable but sometimes physical game.


Many thanks to all those who took part. It wasn’t the best day weather or results wise but the fighting spirit was there from the Strollers (albeit taken a little too literally sometimes)


The results leave us in 3rd place currently with 3 match days remaining.


The Boston match up was a crucial game with both teams needing a win to keep the pressure on leaders Bramcote. Manager Taff lovesey commented "We'll have to dig deep now, win our remaining games and hope other results go our way. Not impossible but a tough ask."


Strollers 0:1 Boston

Strollers 2:1 Oakham (Gary Wildsmith, Tim Marsden)


Squad:

Gary Wildsmith, Paul Beard, Will Barrett, Steve Brine, John Hutchins, Colin Barratt-Treen, Tim Marsden, Graham Curry


Current League table:

https://ashahealthcaremidlands60sleague.leaguerepublic.com/l/fg/1_679841953.html



By stamfordstrollers, Jan 6 2020 09:23PM

Despite the best efforts of winter viruses, injuries and late family commitments that clubbed together to try to spoil the plans, a swift adjustment to a 6 a side competition allowed Stamford to field three teams alongside Spalding’s squad to run a four team round robin at Borderville.


In a day that was more about participation and making new footballing friends, than the results of the games, the competition proved lively, competitive but was also played in good spirits by all four teams.


Following an hour of football which were enjoyed by all, including the referees, most of the players headed to the Borderville bar to share a few hot drinks, and some of the more alcoholic variety before making their way back home.


A successful day all around and we look forward to entertaining Spalding again in the near future.


The results for those that want to know:


Stamford Reds 1 Stamford White 4

Spalding 1 Stamford Yellow 1

Stamford White 2 Spalding 0

Stamford Yellow 1 Stamford Red 2

Stamford Red 4 Spalding 1

Stamford Yellow 0 Stamford White 2