Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Walking Football Team can no longer dream of lifting silverware in the Walking Football Association cup, after being knocked out in the national first round at the hands of Nottingham based Unity Reds.
The seniors Stags put in a spirited performance and twice led in the first half and were still in the game at the half-time whistle, holding their opponents at 2-2.
However despite having numerous chances during the first half, the second half was a far tougher affair as tiredness took its toll with the Stags conceding a further four goals to exit the tournament at the first hurdle, losing 6-2.
Community Coach Alex Cartwright said “The gents can take away a huge amount of proud from that performance as there were many moments of real quality which didn’t quite result in a goal.
“Thus far the current crop of Walking Footballers have enjoyed much shorter game time, usually twenty minutes in total, which certainly had an impact with WFA Cup rules being that games are twenty minutes a half.
“Naturally the guys are disappointed to be on the end of a 6-2 score-line which suggests more of a one sided affair, which wasn’t the case at all. After the match Unity’s players knew they’d faced a much tougher contest than expected which is very pleasing indeed.”
Despite the Stags’ exit from the competition, the experience of competition football will act as good practise and experience ahead of next month’s inaugural Walter Edwards Memorial Trophy, where they will face several other Walking Football clubs from across the region at the RH Academy.
Want to find out more about Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Walking Football program? Email Community Coach Alex Cartwright firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01623 656 920 – Sessions take place at the RH Academy (Wednesday’s 6-7pm) and at the One Call Stadium (Saturday’s 9-10am) costing £4 per player.
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