GOOD things come to those who wait, so the saying goes. And that’s been the case for Winster Wasps FC, who recently recorded their first-ever competitive win at the end of their third season playing together.
After two winless seasons in the Chesterfield and District League, the side moved to Division B of the Hope Valley League and that elusive win arrived when they beat Furnace Vale Reserves 3-1 in the penultimate game of the campaign.
Winster Wasps player Jimmy Millett explained: “We’ve won friendlies before but when it comes to competitive matches, something always seems to have gone wrong. I’d guess that we have played around 70 competitive matches in the last three seasons in league and cup.
“Most sides are younger than us, in some cases around half our age, as our average age is in our mid-30s, so that hasn’t helped. “We take it seriously but, first and foremost, the team was started by a few friends in the village to keep fit, have fun and hopefully win a few games. Initially, it was all friendlies but we took the plunge into competitive matches three years ago.
“Other teams have come along expecting to give us a thumping and the lack of a win had started to wear us down a bit but we generally keep smiling and all go for a drink afterwards. Despite the defeats, we’ll keep going next season and now we’ve got a taste for winning we want to do it again.”
“I broke my leg in February so I was actually playing in the win but it was the first game I’d managed to get to since then because I wasn’t able to drive before, so I was glad I didn’t miss out on that big moment!”