FOOTBALL: Huntingdon team are walking tall after runners-up finish at national level

The Huntingdon Walking Football Group squad are back row, left to right, Liam Wilson, Gary Mardell,

The Huntingdon Walking Football Group squad are back row, left to right, Liam Wilson, Gary Mardell, Neil Benham, David Newman, James Coubrough, Paul Marks, front row, Dave Walker, Terry Woodgate and Pete Graham. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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