The Over 65's had a good competition at Romford on Friday 11th August, where 8 teams played a round robin series with some of the strongest teams from around the country.
We managed to finish 5th overall after seven strongly contested matches but with more luck we could finished higher. The Squad consisted of John Kilby, John Lake, Arthur Mitchell, Dennis Beere, George McCann, Eddie Smith, and Chris Knighton. We had a loanee keeper, Jonathon Sands, who was a worthy stand-in for one of our regulars, doing a sterling job for us (so much so that he has volunteered to play for us again should the need arise). We got off to a fine start defeating Southend United 0-1 with Dennis being the scorer with a lovely finish. Then, against Chelmsford City, we suffered an unfortunate defeat by 1-0. After having some good opportunities we had to submit to a slender defeat. What I believe to be our best result was to follow, a goalless draw against a good free scoring Birmingham City side. Helped in no small part by some excellent goalkeeping by Jonathon Sands. We then suffered yet another close defeat, 0-1, to the eventual unbeaten winners Norwich City 'A'. This was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, the home team, before we then got back to winning ways with our next game against Barnet FC. Dennis again finding the back of the net to make it 1-0 to us. Our final game was against Norwich City 'B' where we "ran" out winners by 3-0 with Eddie finally getting amongst the scorers with a fine double, which was a relief for him after hitting the woodwork a couple of times during the course of the competition. The final strike after a mazy run was smartly put away by John Kilby, in a rare exit from the back, to register his first ever goal in open play after over 50 years playing competitive football. Well done John.
Isn't it brilliant when a small town like Walton (pop.6,000) can take on the 'big' cities and more than hold our own.
P.S. An excellent trophy went to the winners, that I'm sure 'chopper' Harris would have been proud of.