Long Bennington walk into the semis

Reaching the semis were Long Benington's (top) Steve Longden, Steve Cropper, Jim Heyes, Gareth Dawkins, (bottom) Graham Curry, John Sykes and Mick Jones.
Reaching the semis were Long Benington's (top) Steve Longden, Steve Cropper, Jim Heyes, Gareth Dawkins, (bottom) Graham Curry, John Sykes and Mick Jones.

Long Bennington FC’s walking football squad reached the semi-finals of the first ever Boston United Tournament.

They competed with teams from Boston, Norwich, Lincoln, Peterborough and Grimsby.

After going unbeaten in the six group games and breezing through the quarter-finals, Bennington were eventually beaten by Barnsley, the English Walking Football Champions of the past two years.

Club chairman and walking football manager Steve Longden said: ”It was a great day out for everyone with a really good atmosphere - very friendly and very enjoyable.

“We were delighted to do so well in our first tournament and we gave the English Champions a real run for their money when we played them.”

Walking football for the over 50s is fast becoming a very popular and rapidly expanding game across the country.

Primarily based on five-a-side football, the main rule is that participants can only walk during the game, and the Lincolnshire FA are looking at introducing a league.

Long Bennington FC are one of the very few clubs around the Grantham area to offer this facility.

Mr Longden added: “We started walking football for players over 45 years who want to be active, keep fit, play the beautiful game and also enjoy the social side of joining up with like-minded people.

“Everyone who has played it has really enjoyed and it amazing how the constant walking for an hour helps your fitness.

“We are always looking out for more people to participate and anyone who is interested can contact me on 07771 826 821.”

Reaching the semis were Long Benington’s (top) Steve Longden, Steve Cropper, Jim Heyes, Gareth Dawkins, (bottom) Graham Curry, John Sykes and Mick Jones.