Huntingdon Walking Football Group (HWFG) came within a whisker of major glory last Sunday.

The local men were runners-up in the Walking Football Association National Over 60s Cup grand finals which featured eight sets of regional champions.

They were beaten 4-1 by Watford in the showpiece clash with Dave Walker hitting their consolation goal.

Walker was also on target when HWFG were beaten 2-1 by the same opponents in their opening group game – he was the only man to score past Watford’s England international goalkeeper throughout the day!

HWFG then thumped Hereford 4-0 thanks to goals from Gary Mardell (2), Paul Marks and Terry Woodgate before blowing away Manchester 6-1. Mardell struck four times in that success with Marks and James Couborough completing the scoring.

Their fine run continued with victory against Peterlee on sudden-death penalties in a semi-final clash that went right down to the wire. Pete Graham, who had earlier given them the lead in normal time, tucked away the decisive spot-kick as HWFG prevailed 5-4.

They couldn’t claim revenge against Watford in the final, but being the second best team in the country is no mean feat.