The Over 50's Cup run came to an end at the hands of a strong and competitive Winchester side in the 3rd round of the Tier 2 competition, the Wizards were boosted by the inclusion of Olympian Simon Haslett and he basically showed why he was considered such a good player at the very highest level. Despite the play being dominated by Winchester even their wizardry could not find a way past the excellent Phil Hargraves making his debut in the 50's goal. The Falcons with one of their few attacks took the lead after an excellent ball from Russell Warner found the mercurial Phil Dunnill with an easy tap in, after the pass somehow eluded their keeper.
Winchester continued to push forward and Hargraves held firm in goal and made good saves from open play and even from his own player as he somehow kept out a goal bound foot after a cross from Haslett. Hawks very nearly added to their lead as Charles Potter was found on his own at the top of D but he could not finish and the goalkeeper cleared.
Hutton showed why a public school education had (not) been wasted with the extensive command of the English Language at half time and the orders were clear as the 2nd half started. Gary Mahon worked his socks off in the middle and mercurial Dunnill was not quite as fluid but remained the best chance of adding to the lead. Hargaves continued to make saves and the frustration was beginning to show as the Wizards began to run out of ideas. Eight minutes to go and Hutton tracked back with the striker as he tried to back off 5. The umpire decided it was a short corner and to add further insult to injury a high shot hit John Kaluza on the thigh and dipped onto the backboard and the goal was given.
The Supervets heads certainly went down and despite being in an attacking position, gave the ball away to Haslett who cleared to a breakaway forward who somehow managed to turn a loose ball after a save by Hargaves into the net for the winner. Probably beaten by a better side on the day but incredible hard work from all the players, and some great keeping, in the end went unrewarded.
Thanks to umpires for turning up and to Russell - Donald where's your troosers - Warner for cheering us up after the game!
Chris Billington, Phil Dunnill, Steve Griffiths, Philip Hargraves, Dave Hughes, Chris Hutton, Steve Jones, John Kaluza, Gary Mahon, Charles Potter, Andy Sumser, Richard Venables, Russell Warner, David White
Player of the match: Philip Hargraves
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