21st Jul, 2018

Borough footballers represent England in walking football home international

WALKING FOOTBALL: BIRMINGHAM Over 50s continued their remarkable season by representing England in a Home International match against Wales at Pontypridd Stadium.

Even with home advantage, Wales had no answer to England – who were representing entirely by members from Birmingham Walking Football club, which is based in Hall Green.

England signalled their intent early on when a cross from the right saw Andy Struthers only denied by a brilliant save from close range.

Two minutes later, Ian Ward’s left footed strike from a Darren Bradley pass put England ahead before the lead was doubled when Struthers hit the back of the net after ten minutes.

England briefly went a man down as Bradley received a two-minute penalty for persistent running.

But, even with the man advantage, Wales struggled to dispossess the England outfit.

Shortly before half time, Dave Wright grabbed a brace with a pair of calm finishes.

Wales came out the stronger side in the second half as England were forced to weather an early storm.

From two free kicks, Bradley’s smart thinking put in both Ian Ward and Wright to complete his hat trick as England’s lead was stretched to six.

Ward then completed his own personal milestone to make it a magnificant seven with a fine individual display.

But a lapse in concentration in defence allowed Wales to score their only goal.

England hit back through Ian Gough to round off the scoring.

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