SWIFTS TAKE RUNNERS-UP IN
HOTLY CONTESTED ESSEX SPORT WF COMMUNITY CUP
Saturday 7th April 2018 saw Walton Swifts take the field at Essex University in the shape of Steve Chalmers (player/manager), Dennis Beere, Bryan Kilsby, John Kilby, Arthur Mitchell, Steve Gentry, John Price, Eddie Smith and Will Boyd, with standby support from Roger Mansfield, John Lake and John Burns.
The initial stage of the competition was as two groups of four teams (A & B) with the winner of each playing the other runner-up as semmi finals with the then winners making up the final.
Group A: Rowhedge WFC, Harwich Hornets WFC, Walton Swifts and Halstead Town WFC.
Group B: Foxash WFC, Clacton Knights WFC, Little Oakley WFC and Colchester Phoenix WFC.
So, for 'the Swifts' progress was:
Rowhedge WFC .v. Walton Swifts, a very close game with not many chances for either side. Score 0-0.
Halstead Town .v. Walton Swifts, again another hard fought game, with the same scoreline of 0-0.
Walton Swifts .v. Harwich Hornets, two great low finishes by Eddie Smith for 'the Swifts' with a penalty (goal area encroachment) in reply, making the score 2-1.
Rowhedge WFC .v. Halstead Town was the final and deciding game in group A and a draw would put both teams through to the 'semis' and put 'the Swifts' out. But, in the true spirit of the game, both teams played to win with Rowhedge making it 1-0, winning the game and the group and Walton Swifts coming in 2nd.
The semi final duly saw Walton Swifts line up against Foxash WFC who were worthy winners of group B, resulting in another close game, a well taken Dennis Beere penalty, again for encroachment, placed well into the bottom right hand corner, being the separating point between the two teams. Score 1-0 TO Walton Swifts.
The Final pitched Walton Swifts against much fancied Colchester Phoenix (formerly Colchester United). Again not much between the two teams with Colchester scoring a very early goal and managing to hang on till the final whistle. With a final score of 1-0 to Colchester this proved to be 'the Swifts' only defeat of the day.
A great squad performance where every player put in a shift and a half. Roll on the next tournament and COME ON YOU SWIFTS!
Many thanks to the organisers at Essex University and for this excellent runners-up trophy