05 May EFL Trust Walking Football Regional Final
EFL Trust Walking Football Regional Final
On Saturday 22nd April Luton Town played host to the EFL Trust Walking Football Regional Finals in what was a fantastic showcase of over 50’s football from all teams involved, including the one representing WWFC.
The EFL Trust runs the Walking Football Cup every year around May and June. EFL clubs through their community trust each hold a local competition with the winners then represent their club and playing in their official colours at a regional level. The top two in each region then qualify for the finals which this year are being played at Aston Villas Bodymoor Heath training ground.
The regionals at Luton saw some highly contested and exciting matches in the two round robin group stages.
The Wycombe Wanderers team met the eventual regional final winners Luton Town in the first game of the round robin group fixture and unfortunately lost 2-0. The second group game was against Norwich City and was a very tight affair, with WWFC scoring early but Norwich squeezing out an equaliser before the final whistle. The final round robin game was against Peterborough United which WWFC won 2-0.
With Luton winning all their round robin games WWFC finished joint second on points with Norwich City, but as the Canaries had a superior goal difference to our Chairboys team they finished second in the table.
Happily, for WWSET and WWFC, the walking footballers progressed from the group stages to the knockout stage.
The quarter-final played against Barnet was also a tight game with WWFC once again scoring first and having four really good chances to get the second. Barnet however came back with an equaliser and then, after a period when the game was finely balanced, punished WWFC with two goals in quick succession. The WWFC team responded with a second goal but ran out of time before they were able to score a third and therefore were eliminated.
Derek the WWFC teams player-manager had this to say about the day:
“It is difficult to adequately express the sheer enjoyment that the squad and I have from playing competitive football again. The health benefits, both physical and mental, that walking football provide are well known and documented but the added bonus of the camaraderie and social benefits less so. It was a great day out for the guys and the honour and experience of playing in Wycombe Wanderers kit against the likes of Luton Town and Norwich City, to name but two, will remain for a long time in the memory (or should I say for as long as our memory lasts!).”
Everybody at WWSET would like to congratulate Derek and his team on firstly progressing to the regional stages of the tournament, and secondly for acquitting themselves so well against the other competing teams.
We also look forward to delivering an even bigger and better local competition next season so if you’re a walking footballer and would like to enter a team keep checking our website for announcements.