HARTSHILL Strollers won the inaugural Kidderminster Harriers Community Walking Football Tournament on Saturday, May 28, and would like to dedicate this win to our friend Steve Bragg who recently and very unexpectedley died of a heart attck whilst away on holiday; Steve was 51 -- a tragic loss and will be missed.

Our A team lifted the trophy after narrowly beating Beechcroft (now re-named Birmingham) on goal difference.

The B team finished a creditable third.

The tournament – which took place at Baxter College Kidderminster – involved six teams.

Hartshill A kicked off in convincing style, beating Kidderminster Reds 3-0, Andie Lissemore with two goals - one headed, and Adrian Heath on the score sheet.

Meanwhile, our B team played out a goal-less draw with Kidderminster Yellows.

In the second round, both our teams finished 0-0 - Hartshill A v. Birmingham/Beechcroft and Hartshill B v. Hindlip.

However, each found their shooting boots in Round 3, our A team beating Hindlip 3-1 (goals from Andie Lissemore, Reg Walker and an own goal), while our B team won 2-1 (John Moore and Mark Grazier).

The tournament was now finely poised with a game between our A and B teams finishing in a 3-0 win to the A’s (Eddie Tromans, Adrian Heath and Andie Lissemore scoring).

Our B team helped to mould the eventual outcome by holding Beechcroft/Birmingham to a single goal victory.

This left the A team needing to beat Kidderminster Yellows by four clear goals to win the trophy on goal difference. They rose to the challenge magnificently – with an 8-0 win (with hat-tricks for Andie Lissemore and Adrian Heath, the other goals from Adrian Chilton and Eddie Tromans).

Nick Griffiths, football and community officer for Kidderminster Harriers, said: “We are very pleased with the number of entries and the standard of play in this inaugural tournament, supported by the Football Conference Trust.

“We hope to make this an annual event.”


SQUADS: (A) Paul Roche, Eddie Tromans, Andy Lissemore, Adrian Heath, Adrian Chilton, Reg Walker, Gary Davis, David Shaw.

(B) Bernard Bustin, Barry Geyton, Les Evans, Martin McCreedy, Mark Grazier, John Moore, Andy Cotterill, Bob Haywood.

Sorry that some of the medal pesentation pictures are a bit screwed up.