Tayport’s Walking Football Team play first competitive matches
Matchday one of the East of Scotland over 50's league.
Report from Paul Berg – Tayport FC Walking Football Co-ordinator.
We played three games on Sunday, winning one and losing two.
Our first game was against St. James (Whites), (they have two teams in the league) although this was our first game of the day, it was the third round of games, which meant after arriving at 2pm, we didn’t play until 3:40, which was not the best start. We fell 2-0 down, but were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert it, and after pushing forward for the remainder of the match, we were caught on the break and conceded a third goal right on the final whistle. Final Score – Tayport 0 – 3 St. James (Whites).
We played Carnoustie Panmure in the next round of games, and we made a few changes to rest players. We went 1-0 down, equalised and then went 2-1 down straightaway, but we came back well and eventually won 4-2. Final Score –
Tayport 4 – 2 Carnoustie Panmure.
Our final game was against Arbroath, and it was a game of what might have been. We had so many shots on goal, but their keeper, who previously played professionally for Montrose, pulled off some great saves. It was the same old story, we put too much into attack and forgot to defend and let in two goals and lost 2-0. Final Score – Tayport 0- 2 Arbroath.
The three teams we played are experienced sides, St. James won the league when it was last held, so although we came away disappointed, we have to learn from our mistakes and to keep our shape and not get sucked in and concede soft goals. We have a month till the next round of league games and currently sit eighth in the league of eleven teams and have seven matches still to play. Next Sunday we have been invited to a 4-team tournament in Perth, so we can use that as an opportunity to work on things. As I said to our players at the end, we’re in a better position than Arsenal!