Saturday 12th May.


Our Over 65s team are through to the second round of the WFA National Cup - without kicking a ball.

The first-round tie against Mansfield Senior Reds from Nottinghamshire had been arranged for Saturday, May 12.

But the visitors pulled out because they were unable to field a team and the tie was conceded.

It was decided to use the pitch time for an inter-club friendly between the Over 65s and another team made up of some of the super-veteran squad plus other - younger! - club members.

The oldsters got off to a perfect start with a thumping goal by Richard Delahaye early on - but the hastily-assembled team soon hit back with a peach of a strike from Dave Pickett.

Dave Shaw then weighed in with one of his trademark thunderbolts for the youngsters to go into a 2-1 lead, which remained the score at the final whistle.

Bob Haywood, Hartshill Strollers Over 65s manager, said: "It was an excellent work-out against what turned out to be very good opposition.

"I'm glad we played the friendly because it showed there is still much work to be done in building this new, older-players squad.

"We have yet to find out who the Over 65s will meet in the 2nd round of the National Cup but we will now be much better prepared for it.

"I am very grateful to the non-squad players for turning out to give us a game at very short notice."

OVER 65 SQUAD: Dave Seddon, Martin Willetts, Dave Walker, Graham Crew, Terry Smith, Richard Delahaye and Bob Haywood (all used).

GUEST SQUAD: Bernard Bustin, Dave Shaw, Stewart Dudwell, Tracy Dudwell, Dave Pickett, Mick Burdis and Tony Drew (all used).

Report by Bob Haywood