WIFC Veterans were celebrating at the weekend, as they won the Amsterdam Veterans 6-a-side tournament and ended a 3 year wait for silverware for the Internet ‘Orns. With a strong Veterans squad led by Pete Fincham and augmented by a few under age additions, WIFC finished the round robin phase of the tournament in 2nd place on goal difference, after convincing wins against Leeds Lards (7-2), Leeds Council (7-0) and a hard fought 2-1 victory over Kingstonian.
An early defeat to Plymouth Argyle had earlier threatened to prevent the teams progression, but the Green Army failed to win their final group game by 4 goals, meaning a re-match with Kingstonian awaited. In a tough, competitive game, a solitary goal from Rob Sterry settled the match as once again, ‘keeper Darren Sear and defensive stalwart Adrian Spender kept a composed back line, shutting out whatever Kingstonian could throw at them.
Sear went on to receive the ‘keeper of the tournament award, as well as notching the individual player of the tournament award from the WIFC team itself in what was a truly outstanding set of performances. Leading scorer was Rob Sterry with 6, while brother Ed and Craig Harrison finally notched their 1st goals for the club in the wins over Leeds Lards and Leeds Council respectively, the latter a full 16 years after his debut back in 1997.
With the WIFC regular side preparing to face Stevenage in the London Cup Final on Saturday, and a certain play-off final at Wembley on the horizon for the big boys, the Internet ‘Orns will be hoping to celebrate a Watford flavoured sliverware treble come Monday evening.