Seaton Carew stroll into semi-finals of national cup

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Seaton Carew FC Strollers have walked their way into the semi-finals of the National Walk Football Cup.

Teesside’s first Walking Football team saw off local rivals Newcastle Blue Flames to reach the semi-finals.

Thousands of older men have rediscovered the joys of playing football again through this sport that makes the basic elements of a match accessible to them by slowing the game down.

Walking football, which involves a free kick every time a player runs, was only invented six years ago, and already there are 225 registered clubs all over the country.

Seaton’s Texy Bell was the home side’s main threat and but for some fantastic saves from the Blue Flames keeper Seaton could have found themselves ahead by three goals in the first 20 minutes.

The home side’s pressure soon paid off when substitute Mick Lilley provided Crawford with a pinpoint cross to place in the corner past the sprawling Newcastlekeeper.

The Seatonians soon scored again to go into the interval with a two-goal lead.

After the break, Bell’s constant flurry of shots finally beat the keeper to seal the victory for the Seatonians.

The Newcastle side grabbed a late consolation goal.

The competition was played at the JD Sports Dome in Seaton Carew. The Seatonians were the first to clinch a semi-final place and are now waiting to see who they will play.