Young Guns go for it to win five-a-side

Young Guns, winners of the Wirksworth Carnival five a side tournament.
Young Guns, winners of the Wirksworth Carnival five a side tournament.

Teams from across the area flocked to Wirksworth at the weekend for the annual Wirksworth Carnival five-a-side tournament.

A total of 30 teams battled through the group stages, with 16 of these progressing to the knockout stages.

After a number of close and tense games, these were whittled down to the four semi-finalists.

The first semi-final saw Matlock Warriors taking on last year’s winners Gleadless before losing out by 2–0 to the Sheffield-based side.

The second semi-final saw local side Young Guns taking on Wet Lips 86. This was a tight affair with the scores level at 1 – 1 at the end of normal time.

Young Guns, a team made up of Wirksworth lads who normally play for a variety of clubs in the area, finally edged their way through to the grand final, courtesy of sudden death penalties.

The final saw Young Guns take the lead midway through the first half with a fine finish from Anthony Faye, and victory was secured when Dan Matkin added a second with five minutes of the game


One of the event’s organisers, Russell Hollinshead, explained: “It was a good day all day round.

“The weather helped and there was a good atmosphere throughout the knockout stages, through the semis and into the final.

“The tournament was already a tradition when I arrived in the town about 20 years ago so it’s a long-standing event and it will be back next year because it gets such good support locally.”

The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped on the day, and the teams and supporters who attended, making it such a success.