Walking Football team gets busy

The Fleet’s Walking Football team will present a cheque before kick-off v FC Halifax Town to hand over funds they collected by playing in a charity tournament recently to raise money for an ill youngster with neuroblastoma.

The Over 50s have been busy of late, having also taken part in a tournament against West Ham in East London recently. The Fleet teams scored two wins against West Ham when they played the Hammers in an invited tournament earlier this month.

The Fleet provided two teams (Reds and Whites) of seven players who travelled up to the Premiership Stadium in Stratford to do battle with two teams from West Ham. Each team had to play each other and in the first match, Fleet Whites lost 6 -1 with Gary Wilson scoring our only goal. However, the second Whites match produced a 2 -0 win with Manjit Atwal and Chris Judge scoring.

Team Red got off to a flying start with Paul Cox scoring both goals in a 2-0 defeat for the Hammers, but just lost out in their second match with a 1-0 defeat. Co-ordinator Chris Judge said, “It was clear we took a while to get going as none of us had played on this larger grass pitch before, but we soon got our act together and sorted out our positioning.”

The last match had the two Fleet sides pitted against each other, Gurch Gill scored the only goal to win the day for the Reds team. The tournament was decided on combined goals scored, with the Fleet missing out by just one goal as the final score was West Ham 7-6 Fleet.

Chris Judge added, “It really was a fantastic opportunity to be invited to play at West Ham. We were given tickets to view the Premier League match later in the day and the whole experience was really first class. This invite again demonstrates how the Fleet Walking Football team are getting wider recognition and we know that many other similar invites are coming our way.”

Team photo, back row left to right: Steve East, Dave Munn, Paul Lancaster, Lee King, Gary Wilson, Manjit Atwal, Mark Stapley and Gurch Gill.
Front row left to right: Lee Channon, Paul Cox, Robin Counter, Chris Judge and Jeff Forster. (unfortunately Reds goalkeeper Dave Bobby was in the shower!)

For further information please contact: Chris Judge 07765 663 258 Email: [email protected]


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