Johnson stars as Wakering remain in the hunt

Brian Jeeves

Wakering Walking Football Club over-50s are well-placed in the Essex Walking Football League following the penultimate round of fixtures at Melbourne Park, Chelmsford.

Two impressive victories and a draw has left the villagers in third place going into what should prove to be an exciting finale.

Wakering got off to a flying start with a 3-1 triumph over Billericay Town Whites. Dave Willis provided two thundering strikes, while Kevin Bantin’s well-taken effort secured the points.

Beacon Hill Rovers put up a resolute rearguard action, holding Wakering to a goalless draw in an otherwise frustrating encounter.

The results didn’t reflect Wakering’s superiority and possession. They were hindered further by an injury to Bantin, who remained sidelined for the remainder of the round as a result.

Player-manager, Willis was forced to change his formation as a result, bringing in Paul Johnson to bolster the backline.

Willis was delighted with Wakering’s final performance of the round, describing it as ‘complete’ – defensively organised and impressive in attack as Billericay Town Blues were brushed aside.

Johnson took up a wing-back role which suited perfectly as he plundered two terrific goals and was desperately unlucky not to snatch a hat-trick.

Wakering eventually ran out 3-0 winners. The impressive Johnson was named Man of the Tournament.

Brian Jeeves