Harrogate Veterans FC enjoyed double national success at Port Vale’s Vale Park Stadium at the weekend, winning both the National Umbro Over 50s Masters in its inaugural year, and the National Over 40s Masters for the third time.
However the club did it the hard way, coming from behind in both games to secure 2-1 victories in each against Sheffield FC in the 50s and Surrey based Manor Athletic in the 40s.
A wonderful volleyed goal from centre half Graham Bootland cancelled out Sheffield’s early opener in the morning game.
Then a well-worked move was converted by the head of Steve King midway through the second half to guarantee Harrogate at least one trophy on the day.
Whilst the Over 40’s were fortunate to go in only one down at half time against a very good Manor team in the afternoon game, in the second half it was a different story with Harrogate asking the questions, and the game was level when Lee Henry sprung the offside trap to round the goalkeeper and score.
With the pressure on the Manor goal building, the winner came six minutes from time when Roy Hunter’s cross come shot totally deceived the keeper for the winner.
It was the Harrogate club’s 40th game of the season and the perfect boost ahead of the club representing England again in the Seniors World Cup, this time in Bangkok, in a fortnight’s time.