Our Walking Footballers enjoyed a mini-tournament held by Rotherham United yesterday, finishing as runners up to rivals Notts County who triumphed via a dramatic penalty shootout.
The Stags were one of four teams to participate in the friendly tournament, with hosts Rotherham entering two sides and Notts County making up the other. Each side played each other once in a league format, with first playing fourth and second playing third in a semi-final, with the winners then locking horns for the final crown.
Mansfield beat both Rotherham sides but came unstuck against Notts County in the league to finish in second place, meaning they faced Rotherham United (White) in the semi-final, a 2-1 win enough to see them progress to the final, where they faced Notts County.
The Stags did go a goal down but scored a dramatic late goal to send the game to a penalty shootout, where Notts County proved clinical, winning 4-2.
Community Coach Alex Cartwright said “Thanks very much to Rotherham United for inviting ourselves and Notts County along, the guys absolutely loved participating in the tournament and were gutted to lose on penalties after such a strong fight to come back.
“The good thing about Walking Football is not just the getting to play element, it’s the whole team spirit and team work element which the guys really miss and lap up on occasions like this, it’s great to see.”
Our Walking Football sessions run twice per week, at the RH Academy (Wednesday’s 6-7pm £4 per player) and at the One Call Stadium (Saturday’s 9-10am [Away Match Days] 9-10.30am [Home Match Days] £3 per player) – for further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01623 656 920