WALES VS WEST MIDLANDS & SOUTH WEST SUN 24TH MARCH 2019

Wales vs West Midlands & South West Sun 24th March 2019

Walking Football Festival

Our regional squads travelled to Merthyr Tydfil to face Wales and South West, the matches were played at Penydarren Park on a 3G surface and a great afternoon of walking football was enjoyed by all.

We welcomed some new faces as it was a ‘first’ outing for our Over 70s who did us and themselves proud, they drew both their games and conceded late on in matches versus Wales and South West opponents to see 20 minutes of play end 1-1, our goal-scorers were Max Hudson and Bob Stanton, it was great to hear and see the enjoyment gained by participation, our squad was Dave Seddon, Alan Hucknall, John Woollans, Max Hudson, Trevor Murphy and Bob Stanton.
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The 60s squad was good in numbers and we had two representative teams taking on Wales A & B, the first game saw Mab Hussaine grab himself a ‘brace’ of goals to prove too good in-front of goal against Wales B, it was noted by the team managers how well the boys had defended and limited their opponents to long range efforts with Paul Roche in good form in goal for our County side. (WALES B 0 BCWFWML Green 2)

Our Orange team found out that if you don not convert your chances you will probably get punished, having created two good chances early that saw WALES A keeper make good saves they fell behind when a box-infringement saw a penalty awarded that was converted right on the stroke of half-time.

In the 2nd-half the ‘Oranges’ pushed their opponents hard, but their efforts drew a blank, a repeat infringement for stepping into the box saw another spot-kick given, despite Dave Seddon pushing the penalty-kick onto the post the hosts reacted quickly to fore the rebound home. WALES A 2 BCWFWML Orange 0)

A quick turnaround after a tough game for the visitors saw Orange’s taking on WALES B, they again had good chances, but it was defender Clive Stokes who got his team a vital goal with a good finish to take them into the break with a 0-1 lead.
With something to hold on to the boys steadied the game and finished their opponents off when some smart thinking by Dave Marriott saw Brian Sharp fire home with an angled shot to see them home 0-2.

Dave Seddon (GK) was solid in goal with an outstanding Clive Stokes driving his team to a well-deserved success.

Squad ORANGE Dave Seddon, Clive Stokes, Malc Page, Steve Nicholls, John McGinnell (Capt), Dave Marriott, Steve Manning, Brian Sharp, Michael Banks.

Last game of the day saw the Greens take to the field to face WALES A, the home side somehow went two-up despite the efforts of a resilient visiting side, however the fight continued to the second-period with our group refusing to lie down, the Welsh side were forced backwards and their keeper was called into action on a number of occasions, he made a vital block with his legs before the hard-working Hussaine grabbed a goal to make it 2-1, on the break Roche (GK) denied the ‘Valley Boys’ with a good save before late on Scholes went close for the Greens with a curled shot that was again well-saved by the home keeper, the home side hanging on in the end to scrape home 2-1.

Squad Green Paul Roche, Phil Hutchings, Barry Geyton, Phil Evans (Capt), Roy Williams, Mab Hussaine, Alan Heath, Steve Veraca, Fred Scholes.

Player Of The Day BCWFWML – M.Hussaine
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