the first time in our Veterans Tournament we had
Quarter-Finals. The “norm” was 12 teams with the
top 2 going to the Cup, third and fourth going
to the Plate with the bottom 2 eliminated. The
Cup and Plate would be played on a Semi-Final
and Final basis. With an enlarged draw of 14 teams
we had Quarter-Finals in the Plate for the teams
finishing 3rd to 6th in each group.
began with 3rd place from Group A taking on 6th
place from Group B. This meant WEEDS Colts would
play Gosham Rangers. Gosham Rangers had qualified
at the expense of WEEDS Youth and thus preventing
a WEEDS derby (which we were also denied in Mallorca
last year). Could WEEDS Colts get revenge for
their fellow tour-mates?
we looked at the group records WEEDS Colts would
start favourites with 4 wins from their 6 group
games compared to 1 win and 1 draw for Gosham
Rangers. WEEDS Colts had a goal difference of
+1 compared to -5 for Gosham Rangers. So, a home
Rangers hadn't read the script as they came to
life at the start of the knock-out phase. Jake
Alford in particular was the man to do the damage.
With three goals to his name already, he added
his fourth of the tournament to make it 1-0 Gosham
Rangers. He doubled the advantage to make it 2-0
before going on to complete a hat-trick and make
it 3-0 to his side.
a fine morning's work, WEEDS Colts day came to
a sudden end.