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Strollers Come Close in Hull Friendly

On Sunday 13th November Stamford Strollers 50s went to Hull to play in a tournament at Poorhouse Lane Hull. We played in a 4 team league format


1st game v Hull Pacemakers

A very slow start ended up 2-0 down in 6 minutes brought the game back 2-1 through an Iain Ross shot. Then suddenly finding 4-1 down before Paul Kirby getting a goal back. Lost 4-2.

2nd game v Gainsborough Trinity

Quick off the blocks in this game Paul Blakemore blasting in a shot early on. Then suddenly we found ourselves down 2-1 against run of play, still outplaying our opponents. Paul Blakemore blasting in another goal. Could have got the winner but for their keepers legs. Draw 2-2.

3rd game v Hull St Mary's

Was a must win game to progress to the cup knockout, a deflected shot off Blakemore going 1-0 down. Then Paul B getting an equaliser, then going 2-1down. Iain Ross equalised ,then another Paul B deflected shot 3-2down. Paul B equalising, then a silly goal going 4-3 down. Then Strollers went into overdrive with 2 minutes left Paul kirby, Paul Blakemore, another Iain Ross blaster making score 6-4 and progressing to main cup semi final. Note - a hattrick from centre-back Paul Blakemore and 2 own goals 😁

Semi final v Denton from Manchester who won all their 3 league games

Again, a deflected shot gave Denton an early lead, then Paul Kirby double shot rebound getting an equaliser. Again a badly conceded 2nd goal going 2-1down before Richard Batty getting an equaliser. Stuart made 2 crucial saves for the game to go to a penalty shootout, eventually losing 2-0..

So Stamford Strollers dreaded Achilles Heel penalty shoot outs strike again. On a footnote, at least we lost Denton who were eventual winners 🏆

Squad was:

Stuart Gardner

Paul Kirby.

Paul Blakemore

Iain Ross

Richard Batty

Brian Dunkerley


Just to say it was Stuart's tournament debut who performed very well, and to Brian for coming along as a big thanks.

Well done to the team for scoring 14 goals/conceding 14 goals so making it an entertaining day out. And special thanks to Naul newiss organising/managing the team and at least having a few laughs 😀 Well done guys.

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