Crewkerne & District U3A’s walking football team are looking for a new venue, as they have been advised that they can no longer use the 1610 Sports Centre at Wadham in Crewkerne, because it is reverting to a school facility with no community use. Crewkerne U3A’s walking footballers who have been playing for more than three years, were happy to take their mind off the problem of finding somewhere else, when they competed in a New Year’s Day exhibition match at Huish Park in Yeovil.
The eight a side game was played prior to Yeovil Towns league two match against Cheltenham Town. Anne Bright member of Crewkerne U3A’s team said: “It was quite an honour to be asked to play there.” The squad of 10 players, all kitted out in their blue shirts, found that it was not as straight forward as just turning up on the pitch. They had to borrow or buy boots so they could play on the 3G synthetic pitch and as wearing shin guards is compulsory, spent much time searching in charity shops before the match for leg protection pads.
Anne said: “there was quite a good crowd there to watch us and like Gary Lineker says on TV, it was end-to-end stuff with some skilful play by both team teams. It was a fast game despite it being walking football and we made sure all 10 players had a chance to get on the pitch and play. Each half was 15 minutes long and Yeovil’s walking football team scored twice in the second half, to make the final score 2-0. It was all worth it, everyone enjoyed the game and some of us stayed to watch Yeovil Town get beaten 4-1 by Cheltenham Town. We are determined to carry on training and playing and I am busy looking for a new venue.”