Valuable cup experience for Middleton's walking footballers
TEAMS from Middleton-in-Teesdale WFC recently competed in the national FA Walking Football knockout cup.
In the over 60s evening, Middleton welcomed the Leggy Mambos FC, of Barnsley, who have been playing for seven years and have progressed in the cup competitions in previous seasons.
Middleton matched their opponents early on, with Andy Mitchell scoring a blistering free-kick.
Keeper Alan Fortes was then called into a series of fine saves to keep the Barnsley side at bay.
However, the visitors scored two quick goals before half-time and eventually ran out 6-1 winners.
Middleton over 50s visited Harrogate Town FC in the preliminary regional round.
An experienced Harrogate, which is affiliated to the EFL League 2 side, with five years of experience, proved a tough test for the dale side despite Mark Simpson firing in the first goal of the game.
Dave Haynes grabbed a second half consolation as the home side racked up ten in reply. After only 12 months Middleton have come a long way but both matches showed there is no substitute for experience.
The club was formed after lockdown restrictions were eased last April and now has 20 players signed up, mainly at 50 and 60-plus level.
The club trains each Wednesday at Middleton School fields starting at 6pm.
Mr Mitchell said: “Walking football is a growing sport. We have now played a number of fixtures, gaining experience along the way.
“We know there are lots of retired players out there so please get in touch and you will be very welcome in, what is, a great social group.”
While players for league matches must be aged 50-plus, Mr Mitchell said anyone was welcome to come along to Wednesday training sessions.
Simply turn up to training or contact Mr Mitchell on 07786 361718. Alternatively email andymitchellmail@bt internet.com.