Weston over-60s pick up first league title after invincible season

The triumphant Weston over-60s team

The triumphant Weston over-60s team, from left to right, back row: Rich Rzeznicki, Peter Dawes, Mark Hooper, John Hembrow, Terry Keeling and Paul Trower. Front row: Arie Van Vliet, Rich Bourton, Keith Seabourne and Lach Geddes. - Credit: Chris Day

Weston AFC over-60s won their first ever Gloucester FA Walking Football League title after remaining unbeaten all season.

In the last round of games, Weston took on Abbeymead first and went straight out of the blocks quickly and had some early chances but found their goalkeeper in fine form.

Against the run of play, an Abbeymead midfielder evaded his marker and opened the scoring.

After the break Weston pressed hard to find an equaliser before Rich Bourton's speculative shot from distance took a deflection and finally beat Abbeymead's brave resistance and determination to secure a 1-1 draw.

In the second game Highworth were the opponents and Weston's Peter Dawes beat his man and scored with a right foot shot.

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Paul Trower then fed the ball through to Dawes to score his second before he won the ball back and sped forward to complete a well deserved hat-trick.

Bourton fed the ball through to Lach Geddes who calmly turned and scored in the far corner as The Seagulls picked up a 4-0 win.

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Cirencester Phoenix stood in the way of Weston going the full season unbeaten in their final game of the season.

Weston started slowly and the play got sloppy as John Hembrow and Rich Rzeznicki had to be on their toes when Cirencester broke forward.

However, Weston broke the deadlock after Mark Hooper tried a long range effort which slipped under the goalkeeper to move into the lead.

This seemed to settle the Seagulls down and before the end Hooper added a second to make the final score 2-0. 

Manager Arie Van Vliet, who was in a buoyant mood, said: "I am so pleased for all the players to have won the League title. We were top after the first round of matches and remained there all season.

"We have a great bunch of lads who all pull together. I am going to take the team out for a drink and then begin planning for next season."

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