Inter-Services Football Returns To Park Hall, As The RAF Veterans Clinch A Narrow 1-0 Victory Against Their Army Counterparts

It was a good afternoon for the RAF Veterans at Park Hall today, as they clinched a narrow victory against their Army counterparts in their first Inter-Services fixture of the season.

A 28th minute free-kick, converted by Scott Lawrie, made all the difference, in a match where both sides enjoyed plenty of chances.

The start to the match was a quick one, and both sides could’ve had goals in the opening five minutes. With just two minutes on the clock, RAF’s Lawrie forced Gavin Smith into a smart save with a close range effort, before the Army’s Rob Cooper-Tomkins saw a header tipped onto the crossbar moments later.

Chances continued to fall the way of the two teams and both Paul Douglass and Scott Taylor had great chances to break the deadlock, for the RAF and Army respectively. Neither man could quite convert however, and the sides remained level.

We did eventually get our goal in the 28th minute though and it was the RAF Veterans celebrating It was a well taken free-kick, roughly 20 yards out from goal, converted by Scott Lawrie that gave his side the lead.

That was enough to see the two teams through to half-time, with the RAF taking their slender advantage into the break.

The Army came close to an equaliser with 56 minutes played, but a smart save by Stuart Algar in goal denied Jay Bates’ edge of the box strike, which looked to be causing problems.

Down the other end, within seconds of each other, both Craig Zenko and Lawrie saw efforts come crashing back off the post, as the match remained on a knife edge.

With time running out, the Army Veterans continued to push for the equaliser and should’ve found the back of the net in the 75th minute. It was a huge let-off for the RAF though as, after rounding the ‘keeper and with the goal at his mercy, Joe Collins lost his footing and the ball was scrambled clear.

It proved to be the Army’s final chance of the match, and the RAF held on to clinch a 1-0 victory, getting their 2020 Inter-Services campaign off to the perfect start.

Before the match, we caught up with RAF captain, Scott Taylor, and former Football League striker, Gaz Seddon, for their thoughts on the fixture. Watch those interviews below.


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