Our 50+ squad, actually a combo of 50 and 60+ players did us proud today to bring home the cup from a friendly invitational tournament in Grantham, well organised by Steve Longden.
Starting with a fairly dominant performance against Sleaford where despite having the lions share of possession, we still needed a late goal from Gary Wildsmith for a 2-1 win adding to William Barrett 's earlier effort.
Next up was a curious game against Grimsby which became a disjointed affair being constantly stopped by the referee for, in his eyes, continued running by both teams and multiple fouls. Curious in that it was not refereed to the official rule of one foot on the ground = a walk, but very much in the vein of if the ref felt you were going too fast then you were. Frustrating game to watch though as the play was broken up constantly for both teams.
Grimsby edged this one 1-0.
The lads went into the final game against Long Bennington knowing they needed a win by at least a couple of goals and for Sleaford to beat Grimsby.
Despite having most possession in the first half we struggled to create clear chances and even though Scott Sawers put us ahead we were pegged back. One goal each at half time.
Second half was a different story and the lads put together some of the best football that they'd played making the most of a Long Bennington blue card to go 2-1 up after a good team move and finished by Gary Wildsmith. We continued to push and the result was put beyond doubt with a goal from Will Barrett.
This last goal proved to be extra important as it was the one that put us ahead of Grimsby and Sleaford with all teams finishing on 6pts.
Andrew Waggers Walton