Hornsea Walking Footballers Reach National Finals.
Having progressed through the first round of regional heats in the FA People’s Cup a month earlier, Hornsea’s 5-a-side Walking Football team featured in the northern semi-finals of the competition on 28th February in Manchester. Once again they managed to keep the Town’s flag flying!
Hornsea’s opponents this time were Grimsby Mariners (who had progressed with Hornsea from the original heats in Hull), plus Manchester City and Preston North End. Grimsby again proved to be a very strong team and won all their matches to finish as the overall winners. Knowing that two teams would progress to the next stage, it meant that Hornsea had to battle it out with the other two for the second place. It was incredibly close but Hornsea managed to claim the runners-up spot on goal difference largely due to an outstanding 5-0 win against Manchester City in their second game.
This means that Hornsea will now join Grimsby and six other – as yet unknown teams – from around the country in the National Finals in Sheffield on 20th March. The overall winners will receive tickets to watch the FA Cup Final at Wembley in May.
Chris Johnson of the East Riding County FA sent a much-appreciated message of congratulations to the Hornsea group of players, describing it as a ‘fantastic achievement’ for a team that was only formed last Summer, and wishing them all the best for the coming Finals.
(The Walking Football sessions take place on the 3G artificial pitch at Hornsea School and Language College between 9.30 – 10.30 on Sunday mornings, please come and join in).
On Sunday 24th January Hornsea 3G Walking Footballers took part in the People’s FA Cup. The competition was organised by the Football Association and helped by BBC’s GET INSPIRED initiative.
Hornsea School 3G entered two walking teams for players aged 50 plus. The first round regional heats where played in Hull. Teams from Leeds, Grimsby, Lincoln and Doncaster would be Hornsea’s opposition.
Both Teams qualified from the group stages to progress to the semi finals. At this point Hornsea 3G B had won every game scoring 7 goals and conceding 0. Hornsea 3G A came second in their group narrowly qualifying on goal difference with two wins and two defeats.
In the Semi Finals the two Hornsea teams played each other knowing that whoever won would automatically go through to the northern finals in Manchester. The game ended 2-2 which meant the game would be decided on penalties. Hornsea 3G A beat it’s B team with Ged Stead making the decisive penalty save.
Hornsea 3G A lost the final 2-1 against a very good ‘Grimsby Ancient Mariners’ team.
Both Hornsea teams enjoyed a great afternoon of football.
Ged Stead, Barry Thompson, Steve Webster, Richard Jordan, Andrew Smith, Tim Bunch.
Hornsea 3G B.
Paul Parr, Wayne Colley, Steve Allen, Chris Smith, Andy Jarvis, Trevor Bridges, Mike Evans
Come giving walking football a go – Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 at the secondary school. For more information contact Tom Connor Tel 07557 919923 email: [email protected]
WALKING FOOTBALL TEAM WIN FIRST FESTIVAL
Hornsea walking football team entered their first five-a-side competitive festival organised by Chris Johnson from the East Riding Football Association, which took place at Soccer Kings on Sutton Fields in Hull on Sunday 13th December.
Five teams entered including Soccer Kings, East Hull Community Transport, Withernsea, Cottingham Rangers and Hornsea. The festival was enjoyed by all who took part. For Hornsea it was particularly enjoyable, winning all four games, starting with a tough game against Withernsea and then going on to win all the matches and only conceding two goals throughout the festival.
Photo Left to Right: Richard Jordan, Barry Thomson, Mike Evans, Wayne Colley, Tim Bunch, Ged Stead, Dave Ayres and Dixie Dean.
Join the Fun on a Sunday Morning. A great work out for the over 50s
9.30am -10.30am. 3G Pitch. Hornsea School. Cost £2
Photo: Front row- Hornsea Town Veterans. Back Row- Hornsea Super Veterans after their Sunday morning walking football showdown