Wales Vets suffer mixed fortunes
17 March 2017

Wales Vets suffer mixed fortunes

The Wales Veterans team recently played England in a series of matches at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach. 

Wales Over 55s 2-0 England 55s

Wales Over 55s extended their unbeaten run against England and started the day off with a bang and an impressive 2-0 victory.

Wales' midfield of Dalton, Huish, Davies and Staddon dominated for large periods and together with an excellent back four of Branch, Hosey, Medwin and Thompson helped to create a number of good opportunities to put the game beyond England in the first half, but sadly Hobbit, Mele and Davies were not able to capitalise.

Into the second half and Wales became a little hesitant, but they were grateful to see Hobbit find the net and a Medwin penalty settled the nerves and secured victory.

Wales Over 60s 0-2 England 60s

Wales Over 60s were to rue a hatful of missed chances and succumbed to two goals inspired by former Watford legend and man of the match Peter Coffill.

Wales played some entertaining football but never looked confident in the final third and this was to haunt them late in the first half when a Coffill cross was headed home by England captain Groom and minutes Coffill himself finished expertly from the edge of the penalty area to leave Wales chasing the game.

More chances came and went, Taylor particularly profligate allowing England to retain the Frank Terrel Over 60s Trophy.

Wales Over 50s 1-2 England 50s

Wales Over 50s started the game brightly with Dyke dominant, but the usual fluent passing was missing and this allowed a strong England team to gain a foothold.England striker Phil Davies was causing problems for the Welsh defence but luckily keeper Jones was in sparkling form and saved two of his efforts magnificently.

The match became an untidy affair and with the Wales strikers Mike Fredkriksen and Keith Williams feeding on scraps, the scores were level going into the interval. 

In the second half Welsh left back Davidson started to exert influence on the game and a good ball by Thoms found Williams, whose cross was headed home by Tyrone Fredriksen.

Minutes later he should have doubled his and Wales tally, but the English keeper saved well. Action now moved to the other end where Davies was proving a handful for the Welsh defence, firstly winning a penalty which was duly converted, and minutes later intercepting a loose Averies pass and finishing cooly to take the spoils for England.

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