Today Stamford Strollers Over 60's took part in Norwich's Annual Charity Walking Football Tournament. This held at the excellent facilities at Norwich FDC.
The squad consisted of -
William Barrett (player / manager)
The Over 60's competition consisted of one group of six teams playing on a league basis. The top four sides would go into the semi-finals. The team finishing 1st would play the team finishing 4th. The 2nd team would play the team finishing 3rd.
1st game v Boston. W 2-0. William Barrett, Jez Hammant.
Eased into this derby game against our old rivals. Started off on the front foot with a long distance strike from William Barrett. Then Jez Hammant finished off a fine team move to score our second goal.
2nd game v Norwich City. L 0-2.
Easily the strongest team in the group, who kept the ball well and played it around. This was always going to be a tough game. Though as good as they were we also had chances also. They took their chances to win 0-2.
3rd game v Notso Ath. W 3-0. Glyn Williams, Jez Norris 2.
Stamford got back to playing football again, through passing and moving. Easily in control throughout and comfortably winning through goals by Glyn Williams and Jez Norris.
4th game v Norwich Soca Seniors. D 0-0.
A good hard thought draw between two evenly matched sides.
5th game v Watton Vikings. W 2-0. Jez Hammant, William Barrett.
Another excellent controlled performance with goals from Jez Hammant and William Barrett. Special mention to Mike Herring, who before stated he was quite happy just to stand, watch and enjoy the football on show. Well he made his debut in this game and took to it like a fish to water (excuse the pun).
After all the group game results were known, the group ended up as follows.
1st Norwich City.
2nd Stamford Strollers.
3rd Norwich Soca Seniors.
In our semi final we faced Norwich Soca Seniors.
In this game we played the best football of the whole day. With passing and moving we were posing numerous problems for the Norwich side. Their goalkeeper, to his credit, played a blinder. Pulling off numerous saves to keep his side in this game. No matter how we tried fate was not on our side.
The game ended 0-0, and unfortunately we lost on the penalty shoot out.
Six excellent games of football played in the true spirit of walking football. With the guys in the squad doing Stamford proud on the day. Played as team, lost as a team.