Blues stroll to maiden walking football succes

Pompey ITC walking football team - pictured, left to right: Robin Emms, Giorgio Colombi, John Cregan, Sue Cregan, Andy Olive, Harry Smallman, Howard Payne

Pompey ITC walking football team - pictured, left to right: Robin Emms, Giorgio Colombi, John Cregan, Sue Cregan, Andy Olive, Harry Smallman, Howard Payne

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POMPEY in the Community are celebrating collecting their first walking football title.

The Blues were victorious at Havant and Waterlooville’s second walking football festival at South Downs College.

There’s kudos in beating Pompey and we are proud to represent them.

Alan Scott

A run of four wins and two draws were enough to deliver success for the outfit – including a win over Southampton DFA.

Two Hawks sides, Eastleigh Hub, Emsworth Seniors and Hayling Old Boys made up the other sides involved.

A final 4-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville Blues was the standout success on the day for Pompey.

Robin Emms, Giorgio Colombi, John Cregan, Sue Cregan, Andy Olive, Harry Smallman and Howard Payne made up the victorious team.

Pompey ITC chairman, Alan Scott, explained it was a landmark for the club.

He said: ‘It’s the first one we’ve won.

‘We were runners-up in Poole, so it was good to go one better.

‘We played really well, had a good team out and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

‘The team managed to stay unbeaten all day, and, in the final game put in a strong performance.

‘We keep it sensible but everyone wants to win. That’s the fun thing about it.’

The victory was a start of a busy weekend of action for Pompey ITC.

A team was sent to Brighton’s training ground the following day for another tournament.

Worthing, Lancing, Eastleigh and Crystal Palace were all involved in that event.

With injuries in the side, a goalkeeper was borrowed from Eastleigh.

He failed to be up to the task, though, and, after shipping some poor goals was replaced by a makeshift keeper in Emms – who went on to shine between the sticks.

He said: ‘We gave some weak goals away at first.

‘But Robin went in, who’s deaf and 70 and played like there’s no tomorrow!

‘After he went in goal we didn’t concede anything afterwards – it was three clean sheets!’

‘It was a brilliant facility at Brighton. Rolls Royce stuff.

‘We’re representing Pompey and we are viewed as the team to beat.

‘There’s kudos in beating Pompey and we are proud to represent them.

‘We’re up and running now as a proper club.’

If you’d like more information on Pompey in the Community Walking Football contact Scott on 07836 273492.

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