Valtellina Cup (Italy & Crotia) - Foreign Trip

Trip Report

Twyford set off from Tiverton on 21st July for a tournament in the Italian Alps, on the way they stayed in Basle and Erstfeld and had a wonderful trip on Lake Lucern.  Before arriving at the tournament on 24th the Club had a guided tour of the San Siro Stadium, Milan.  The Valtellina Cup Tournament took place in Morbegno.  Our first opponents were Calgary from Canada and emerged with a 5-0 win thanks to goals by James Ware (2), Jordan Charran (2) and Andy Norman.  In the afternoon of the first day Twyford then entertained UK Elite from the USA and won by 12 - 0 with hat tricks from Michael Humphreys, James Ware, Andy Norman and Jordan Charran.  The second day in extreme heat Twyford played Canvey Island and in an excellent game drew 0-0.  The last day of the group matches Twyford entertained FS Lipomo, Italy and won 1-0 with the winner being scored by Ollie Bailey.  This qualified Twyford for the final, the opponents were Canvey Island. 

Again both teams produced good football and with Canvey Island leading 2-1 with minutes to go Twyford looked like having to settle for 2nd place.  Then Jordan Charran produced a tremendous strike to send the match into extra time.  Nathan Dale had earlier equalised Canvey's first goal with a great header from an Andy Norman corner.  In extra time Twyford seemed to change up a gear and controlled the match and James Ware scored the winner to the excitement of the big crowd and gave Twyford the Valtellina Cup. 

Also performing well in defence were Seb Jales, Mark Greenaway and Paul Moralee.  The midfield of Gary Cross, Michael Humphreys, Ollie Bailey and Andy Norman got better as the game wore on.  Danny Manaton, Robin Craig and Kyle Newman all arrived in the late second half to reignite Twyford's challenge with their fresh legs.  Danny Lewis had an easy time in goal earlier in the tournament but showed his worth in the last three games especially the final where he made some outstanding saves to keep Twyford in the final.  The final was a fantastic team performance with each player putting in 110% performance.

After this Twyford travelled to Rabac in Croatia for a well earned holiday but still managed to win a friendly against Rasa 6 - 0, goal scorers for Twyford were Callum Old (3), Jordan Charran, Andy Norman and Kyle Newman.  Lewis Scarf also appeared in the friendly with an excellent performance.

On the way home Twyford stayed in Munich and Leverkusen and had tours of the brand new Allianz Arena and the Bay Arena (Leverkusen).  Everybody was in agreement that the trip had been a huge success and the Allianz Arena was the best ground any of them had visited.  Congratulations to the boys on their excellent behaviour which the management were congratulated on by other guests in the hotels. 



29th July 2007

15:00 Twyford Spartans 3-2 Canvey Island

28th July 2007

15:00 Twyford Spartans 1-0 GS Lipomo (Italy)

27th July 2007

15:00 Canvey Island 0-0 Twyford Spartans

26th July 2007

15:00 Twyford Spartans 12-0 UK Elite - Bolton (USA)

26th July 2006

11:00 Calgary Utd FC (Canada) 0-5 Twyford Spartans


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Team Photo
Andy Norman
Nathan Dale
Mike Humphreys
Seb Jales
Robin Craig
Paul Moralee
Mark Greenaway
Lewis Scarff
Kyle Newman
Jordan Charran
James Ware
Gary Cross
Danny Lewis
Callum Old
Cory North
Dan Manaton
Ollie Bailey
Friendly with Croatian Team
Mike and Paul with Schneider