BIRMINGHAM Walking Football Club were left to rue missed chances in Cirencester this weekend as they finished third in the National Walking Football Final.
After defeating Leicester 7-0 in the regional final, the Hall Green based side travelled north in search of a first national title.
Despite fielding former Aston Villa players Darren Bradley and Dave Norton, Birmingham failed to advance to the final after losing their first game to Kent before draws against Barnsley and Gloucester.
Two points from three games proved to not be enough as Birmingham were forced to the 3rd/4th place playoff – where they defeated Gloucester 2-0.
There was reason to be cheerful for Birmingham though as skipper David Castle won Player of the Tournament.
He said: “We were disappointed not to win as we missed plenty of strong chances and a couple of refereeing decisions didn’t go our way.
“It’s hugely frustrating and I spoke to our manager Paul on Monday and we talked about how we should’ve and could’ve won the event.
“Knowing we would’ve represented England in the home international made it more hard to take, any chance to represent your country is a big thing.
“We had nearly twice as many shots in the tournament than anyone else, we just couldn’t finish the job – with a bit of luck we can go for the title next year.
“We’ll be back bigger and stronger for next year’s event and there’s other tournaments including the FA People’s Cup plus plenty of local tournaments too.”
Birmingham’s next major challenge comes in January when they play in the FA People’s Cup – hoping to improve on last year’s semi final exit.