Salisbury FC Walking Football was my route to getting involved with the club. Despite being under their advertised age limit of 50 (honestly, I am), 7 years ago they were kind enough to let me join in with training and non-competitive games. There I met the SFC Business Manager, Jim Ayres and several other familiar faces from around the club. Unfortunately, I got too busy here at the football club to continue, but when some of the guys attend games, I always get a friendly greeting and we stop for a chat. There’s plenty of information about them and how to join on our Walking Football page.
Here is their report from their first day back in competitive action.
The Hampshire League was back today and for the first time, we fielded two teams. The Whites team were in a tough group with our old rivals Compton & Hawks and unfortunately, they only drew one match and lost three.
There were five debutants in the Salisbury Reds team and first up was a well-organised and skilful Portsmouth team. Within three minutes James was hobbling off as he stretched for a ball and pulled his groin. On came Mick. In a tight game in which Fred made some good saves, we nicked a goal two minutes from the end to win it 1-0. A great start.
Next up were Winchester. This match was more one-sided with us running out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Luke (2), John and Mark P. We won our final game 2-0 with Luke scoring two early goals. We restricted their chances and ran out comfortable winners.
Seven goals scored and none conceded was excellent.
Dave Dunford was immense at the back and Fred dealt with any shots that came in. An excellent performance from this new team and much to live up to.
Well done to all involved. You don’t have to play competitive games with Salisbury FC Walking Football. You can just join in with the practice games and meet some great people. I highly recommend it.