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Veterans Win the Cup

The Vets Win the East Midlands Veterans League Cup

Sunday 23 rd April was the date, Dunkirk FC was the venue and very much the under dog was the Calverton team going into this Cup Final.

In front of a sizeable crowd, probably consisting of over 50% Calverton followers, Gedling MW added many new faces to their team to try to overcome Calverton but to no avail as Calverton took the lead very early on with a goal from top scorer Mark ‘Robbo’ Robinson.

The first half was marred by an injury to John Nester (groin strain) forcing an early change with Brian Hillary taking his place.

The Vets take to the pitch at Dunkirk FC
 
   

Brian soon settled in and apart from soaking up pressure from free kicks Calverton played some good breaking football with the pace of Shaun Long and Chris Melvin on the wings. Calverton produced a second goal before half time, Robbo scoring once again as a result of some brilliant work and a lay off from Lee ‘Nabba’ Astill.

HT - Calverton 2 Gedling 0

   

Calverton started the second half knowing that Gedling would throw everything at us and still defended well but made the mistake playing a little too deep; this led to Gedlings first ‘scrappy’ goal.

With this renewed hope Gedling made changes and brought Woods, Ferguson and Beckford on and turned the pressure on even more forcing another goal, this one more through knocking the ball out of the Calverton goalies hands Wayne Fisher (Wag) – no foul given and the score now 2-2 with about 12 minutes to go.

Backs against the wall Calverton started playing very much as they did in the first half and again took the game to Gedling. By the time the whistle blew Calverton looked the more likely to get the next goal.

FT – Calverton 2 Gedling 2

In typical Cup Match spirit the two teams caused the Management and spectators to have near heart attacks!

As extra time ended in stalemate the game went to penalties.

First up Gedling and a superb penalty, Wag stood no chance.

Next up Nabba but whilst trying to dummy the keeper had his penalty saved.

 
Manager Todd in confident mood
   

Gedling and another good strike.

Yorky for Calvo and a beauty (made up for falling over near the end of the game when he had a one on one with the Gedling keeper)!! – Don’t tell anyone.

Gedling and another strike, although Wag got his hand to this one but it was struck with too much power.

The penalties were then taken and scored each time with Robbo, Shaun Long and Alan ‘Soggy’ Sewell

Next up Gedling and he skied it! No pressure up walks Michael ‘Channy’ Davies and a perfect penalty for Calverton.

Gedling again and he hits the bar making it now just the one to win the game for Calverton.

   

Two things happened now…….

A set of ‘jump leads’ were attached to Toddy to restart his heart

Chris Melvin steps up to the penalty spot.

Chris looked like an astronaut in a spacesuit suffering from diarrhoea but he showed true Calvo spirit, as he has done all season, and thumped the ball into the net past the Gedling keeper - the rest was a blur!!

The Vets line up before the kick off.
 
   

A big thank you to the East Midland Vets League, all involved at Dunkirk, Gedling for being good sports after the game and to the match officials Barry Saunders, Phil Wooton, Pat O Dowd and fourth official Tom Knight.

And of course all the faithful Calverton followers who came to support us - without them we would not be as successful as we are.

Next game weds 26 th April at home to Ashby Ivanhoe, then next Sunday (30th) at home again in the semi final for the Umbro Cup!

 

Eddo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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