Forsters compete in the Wrenbridge World Cup
On 9 August 2019, Forsters travelled to Cambridge to take part in the annual 2019 Wrenbridge World Cup, which this year was in aid of Send a Cow, a charity that provides livestock to rural African communities in order to assist with the alleviation of poverty.
Despite the storm warnings, the clouds parted and bathed the Linton Sports Complex in energy-sapping sunshine. The twenty-four team tournament comprised four groups of six, with the first two teams progressing to the cup competition, the next two going into the plate and the bottom two going home early.
Forsters entered the tournament gunning for its traditional place in the plate, yet upset the odds by flying into the quarter-finals of the cup competition by topping the group. This success in the group was built upon a rock-solid defence, as workmanlike 0-0 draws against Leslie Clark and Ingleton Wood were complemented with impressive wins against Barker Storey Matthews (5-0), Rapleys (1-0) and Capital and Provincial (3-1).
This fine defensive record owed much to the exploits of Ollie Claridge in goal, who was having so much fun he even ended up playing two fixtures for the injury-ridden Barker Storey Matthews team. Ollie’s endeavours were complemented by Dickon Ceadel, Alex Currie and Campbell Arnott, who all worked tirelessly to protect their goal, conceding just one strike in 5 games as Forsters copied the “keep it tight and win ugly” formula employed by Greece in their against-all-odds Euro 2004 victory.
Despite this effective and agricultural setup, some moments of class were provided, largely stemming from the tried and tested combination of Dean Monk and Gethen Sasanow up front, as they displayed the telepathy of Cole and Yorke which has been forged through years of endeavour in the Forsters shirt.
Cruising into the quarter-finals, disaster struck as the heat and exploits of the morning, in combination with the complimentary lunchtime barbeque, did for a tired Forsters team. Taking to the pitch against Altus it was clear that the heroics of the group stage effort had taken a lot out of the team, as we looked flat and sluggish in unfavourable humidity. In the end, Altus triumphed 3-2 and the sense of relief at not having to play any more football was palpable among the exhausted Forsters squad as the whistle blew.
Congratulations to Ingleton Wood, who won the competition, and who Forsters drew 0-0 with in the group stage, making us de facto champions. Our gratitude also extends to Wrenbridge for their wonderful organisation on what was a thoroughly enjoyable day as always.