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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Workington veterans take to the soccer pitch

Workington-based veterans’ football club Frostoms hosted an invitation tournament sponsored by D&L Autobodies plus a donation from the Moss Bay Neighbourhood Forum.

Teams taking part were Frostoms, Railway Club (formerly Frostoms Old Boys), Howard’s Rangers from Carlisle, and RFC Goe from near Liege in Belgium.

In the first game the Railway Club struggled to hold a strong RFC Goe. The Belgians took a four-goal lead into half-time with strikes from Youssef Karim (3) and Joel Finck.

In the second half Railway recovered some pride and managed to stop the Belgians from scoring.

In the other opening the Howard’s came out convincing 7-0 winners against Frostoms with goals from Neil Plunkett (2), Kevin Hewitson (2), Nicky Little, Gary Robertson and Simon McCubbing.

In the second round of games the home derby again saw Railway 4-0 down at half-time, Frostoms’ Paul Clark (2), Tommy Linford and Lech Kudor hitting the target.

Railway again rallied in the second half and pulled back three goals with Kyle Young getting a hat-trick including two penalties.

Then, in the last minute, Kevin Young headed over from two yards to spurn the equaliser.

From the goal kick Kudor broke free and made the final score 5-3 to Frostoms with the last kick of the game.

In the other game between Goe and Howard’s things were very much closer. With not a lot between the two teams it was always going to take either a mistake or piece of brilliance to separate them.

Sadly it was a goalkeeping blunder by Goe’s president Gael Lemmings, who flapped at a Howard’s corner at the near post and the ball went between his hands into the net. Andy Small claimed the goal with the slightest of touches.

Goe thought they had a penalty when Jerry Dawkins appeared to handle the ball however referee Ken Bragg ignored strong appeals in French from the Belgians.

For the last 20 minutes Goe pressured Howard’s but were unable to find a way past Craig Hunter who was the Carlisle side’s man of the tournament.

Frostoms took an early 3-0 lead against Goe with goals from Paul Clark (2) and Gary Byers.

Goe hit back in the second half from Vincent Longton and Christophe Peutat. Clark then scored another two goals to give Frostoms a three-goal advantage.

Thierry Scheen scored a third for the Belgians but the home team hung on to take runners-up place.

Howard’s took on Railway needing just a point to win the trophy but they were made to work hard for it.

Railway took the lead early through Paul Grears which shook Howard’s. Rob Dixon levelled things before an unlucky own goal from a Scott Cameron cross was diverted into the Railway goal.

The second half was much the same, a fight for both teams. Railway levelled the tie early when Kyle Young slotted home but Howard’s Hunter fired in the winner just before the final whistle to make it 3-2.

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