"Wick Gerry Hatricks Over 45s kicked off their home fixtures in the league with a emphatic 13-1 win against Shipman Vets. Credit to shipman throughout the game, who never stopped running and competing for the ball. However, Wick were two strong during most of the game despite a 10 minute spell mid way through the second half where they scored their only goal. The older owls played some lovely flowing football from KO with MOM going to Craig Hiller, scoring six and assisting countless other goals. Paul (Raggy) Radinage missed a number of early chances but managed to score a hatrick, Clinton Frampton weighed in with a double and skipper Rich (Johnno) Johnson and Paul Bond scoring the remaining two. Game was played with no niggles and in great spirit. Refereeing was top class. Thanks to Shipman for coming into the bar afterwards and sticking around for a beer and food laid on by the home side. "
Shipham AFC Report:
" "And there we were hoping the Over 45s was going to be a bit easier on our tired old legs.... Whilst we huffed and puffed, we were completely outclassed from start to finish. These guys should clearly be in Div 1, or at least that's what I'm hoping and that the other teams in the league are nearer our standard than theirs. Nevertheless, it was a game played in exactly the right spirit on a lovely flat pitch. We look forward to hosting Wick on the Shipham slope and at the Cider Barn in the new year.""