Grimsby’s biggest walking football team, the Grimsby Ancient Mariners, sent a squad of nine to participate in Dynamo Droylsden’s inaugural festival played at the Droylsden Acadamy in Manchester last Saturday.
Playing in the Over 55 section they had to play four 15 minute matches against Stalybridge Celtic and the host club.
Their first games against Stalybridge Celtic resulted in a 2-0 victory with goals from Eric Robinson and Dave Walton but with some better finishing the score would have been significantly higher.
Game two against the hosts, a much tighter affair against a much stronger side ended up with a creditable 0-0 scoreline with Lenny Davidson and Dave Brookes outstanding at the heart of the GAM defence.
Next up, round two, with a rematch against Droylsden, who made changes and were a much tougher opponent but Eric converted one of his many chances to give our lads a hard fought 1-0 victory. Throughout the entire fixtures the defensive players were outstanding but with only seconds remaining the hosts broke free with only Allan Nilsen in goal to beat, but he stood firm and kept them out to secure the win.
With Droylsden beating Stalybridge 1-0 in the penultimate match a draw for the Ancient Mariners in their last match would be sufficient to top the table.
Conceding their first goal of the day, an unfortunate own goal from Lenny Davidson put us up against it. Now we needed to score against a resolute defence and with time not on our side up popped Andy Shaw with a fabulous strike to secure the score draw that we needed.
Stalybridge had to win, draw no good to them, and they threw more forward that forced a rear guard action, together with Lenny, Dave B. and Dave W. they stood up and were counted and when breached Allan in our goal proved to be unbearable.
The draw gave us a total of nine points well clear of the opposition.
This being Droylsden’s inaugural festival they provided a well organised event, played in the right spirit, fun and enjoyment first, winning a bonus, and hopefully in the future more clubs will add their support, we at GAM will always lend our support to these less competitive events.
The day ended with a hotspot lunch and presentation before we set off home.
Well done to our squad, Allan Nilsen, Lenny Davidson, Dave Walton, Dave Brookes, Eric Robinson, Andy Shaw, Pat Lince, Dave Arnold and Pete Cribb.