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Walking footballers retain European trophy

Posted onPosted on 26th May
Walking footballers retain European trophy

Mansfield Senior Reds Over 50s Walking Football Club successfully defended the Montesinos Challenge in Los Montesinos, Spain, as Nick Jones struck 30 goals, netting hat-tricks in all eight matches.

The 14-man squad, aged from their early 50s to a 76-year-old, competed over three days on the Costa Blanca.

They were the only side to keep a clean sheet, shutting out the opposition in three matches.

Each day of the event, sponsored by property company Remax, saw a mini-tournament with results going towards an overall winners award.

Mansfield started day one by conceding a goal to hosts Montesinos before winning 6-1 with Jones netting his first treble, Steve Ward finding the top corner and Mel Pullen and Trev Negus also on target.

The Reds then defeated Birmingham, the only other UK side. Jones hit five and Steve Haynes’ chip completed a 6-0 win.

Unbeaten Moraira were then beaten 4-3 as Jones continued his rich vein of form with another hat-trick. Haynes also netted.

On day two there were three more wins — 4-0, 7-1 and 7-2 — with Jones hitting another 13 goals from three further hat-tricks. Pullen, Ward, Haynes, a mazy solo individual effort from Steve Birkin and a Pete Mitchell added to the scoring.

On the final day Mansfield made it eight wins from eight matches with 4-1 and 3-0 successes to retain their trophy.