SUPERMAN COOPERMAN GOES GOAL CRAZY IN NOTTINGHAM
HARTSHILL Strollers had mixed fortunes in a tournament at
Nottingham on Sunday, July 31.
The Over 60s team finished runners-up – but the Over 50s fared
The old guard won four of their five matches in the Smiths News
Walking Football Tournament at Harvey Hadden Sports Village.
They finished very creditable runners-up – being narrowly pipped
to the trophy by Leggy Mambos, twice national champions.
The terrific performance by the Over 60s was crowned by a
stunning individual tally by John Cooper.
He scored an amazing FOURTEEN goals – with hat-tricks in three
of the victories and five goals in the fourth.
The tally was all the more remarkable because the matches lasted
only 20 minutes, so many of the games in the tournament were
Ever-modest John was the first to say that the Over 60s
performance was down to a great team effort in all five games,
but his individual achievement was really exceptional.
For the most part, he was simply unplayable.
The Over 60s got off to a winning start with a comfortable 4-0 win over Hucknall, Cooperman notching up his first hat-trick of the day and Richard Delahaye being the other scorer.
They then beat Welton Imps 3-1, all our goals coming from J.C. in the first half and the consolation goal for the opposition resulting from a dubious penalty award.
In the next stage of the strangely-organised – some might say chaotic – five-a-side tournament, the Over 60s beat old pals Beechcroft 5-0.
John’s second hat-trick was added to by goals from Richard D. and Steve Nicholls.
The match against Leggy Mambos was always going to be tough, and so it proved. We lost 1-3 (our goal coming from Barry Geyton).
While Leggy Mambos are undoubtedly a very good team – with one super player who scored all of their goals – it is no disgrace to lose narrowly to a club which has won the WFU National Tournament for the past two seasons.
In any event, the defeat failed to dent Hartshill’s spirit and they rounded off their tournament with a 7-1 thumping of Welton (yes them again!).
John Cooper smashed in five goals – our first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh – with John Moore and Les (‘just call me Jairzinho’) Evans being the other scorers.
Meanwhile, the Over 50s found the going tough – losing 1-4 to Leggy Mambos in the opening match, our goal coming from a Gareth Priest penalty.
In the second match, they lost 0-2 to Birmingham/Beechcroft. They then drew 1-1 with Smiths News, Gary being our scorer.
In the second stage of the tournament, the Over 50s lost 1-2 to Smiths News (Eddie Tromans on target), but beat Long Bennington 1-0 (Gary being the scorer).
OVER 60 SQUAD: Bernard Bustin, Barry Geyton, Steve Nicholls, John Cooper, John Moore, Richard Delahaye and Les Evans (all players used).
MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT: Cooperman.
OVER 50 SQUAD: Paul Roche, Gary Davis, Reg Walker, Eddie Tromans, Gareth Priest, Adrian Chilton, Adrian Heath (all players used).
MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT: Paul Roche.