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Walking Football – Bay City Strollers vs Eastleigh

This was the 3rd round (quarter-finals) of the WFA Nationals Cup (60+), played at BayPoint in the pouring rain.

In this tightest of games between 2 evenly-matched teams, BayCity were unlucky to lose 0-1.

It took us a while to get going, with most of the early traffic moving in Lawrence’s direction.  Fortunately, Lawrence was in good form, pulling off some excellent saves before he was forced off with a leg injury.  John Mc took over in goal and surprised us all with his competence – especially with one good save using his foot!

In the second half, we managed more shots on goal – though too many of these were blasted high or wide and didn’t provide enough of a challenge for their keeper.  Eastleigh moved the ball upfield much more quickly using their central attacker to receive and lay off the ball – a tactic we’d do well to emulate.  Even so, they only managed a couple of shots on target throughout the second half.

The winning goal came midway through the second half – nicely set up and well-struck along the ground into the corner.  BayCity never gave up and played some excellent football with quick one-touch interchanges.  All who took part were a credit to the club.

Aside from a few early challenges from behind, the game was played in the right spirit, and we wish Eastleigh good luck in the round-robin semi-finals in Solihull.