Last-gasp agony in national final for Portsmouth’s over-70 walking footballers

Portsmouth's walking football team
Portsmouth's walking football team
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Portsmouth’s walking football team suffered a last-gasp final loss in their defence of the over-70s national cup.

In a repeat of the 2018 final, Portsmouth were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Bramcote at the University of Worcester - the only goal the team conceded in six games.

Geoff Thwaites, the oldest player at 85 years old in the walking football tournament in Worcester

Geoff Thwaites, the oldest player at 85 years old in the walking football tournament in Worcester

A stunning last-minute strike from Terry Fletcher gave the Midlands team victory against a Pompey side that included the competition’s oldest player - 85-year-old Geoff Thwaites.

Pompey had topped their qualifying group thanks to wins against Birmingham (3-0) and South Coast Blues (1-0) and a 0-0 draw with Phoenix Blue.

A single goal was enough to see off Stamford & Boston in the last eight before a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Hampshire rivals Eastleigh followed a 0-0 semi final stalemate.

In all, 198 teams entered the 2019 walking football competition across the four age groups.