Nelson Chambers and The Chambers Group were the proud organisers of the 'World Cup-on-Sea' tournament held at Roots Hall on the 18th May, to raise much needed funds for two local charities, Harp and TrustLinks.
The sun was shining for the early kick-offs as tension filled the air at a packed-out Roots Hall, home of Southend United FC, where 28 teams played out their matches in the group stages.
There was a real buzz around the ground, and the competition was fierce. The crowd were treated to a plethora of spectacular goals, full throttle challenges and even the odd red card.
No team wanted an early bath and so it was a good job that professional FA referees were on hand to keep everything and everyone in check. After the tournament, they commented on how much they were impressed by the overall standard of football on the day.
The Chambers Group’s first game was a hotly contested match against a formidable Southend United Commercial team. It was an impressive defensive display, as shots reigned in on goal only for block after block from Alfie, Andrew Snell, Ben and Dan, and save after save from James in goal to be made. Sam and Micah did a fantastic job running the midfield as we looked to compete against strong opponents.
After taking an early lead against the run of play through a tidy finish from Scott Golding, SUFC Commercial equalised only for the Chambers Group to score a late winner through Ben Bennett after a backs to the wall performance. There had been some question as to whether there was a hand-ball from Ben in the build-up, but as Arsene Wenger would have said, “I did not see it.”
The Chambers group lost their next two matches against the powerhouses Ipeco Drillers and Dedman Gray, who made it to the Quarter Finals. The lads gave a great account of themselves and left it all on the pitch.
Chambers FC suffered a humiliating defeat in their first game against the event’s corporate sponsors, Lloyds Bank, conceding after just 12 seconds as they failed to register a shot on target in response. A 1-0 defeat was not the ideal start, and it put them under a bit of pressure having seen Chambers Group win their opener.
The second group game was a huge tie against Birkett Long, with Chambers taking an early lead through a rare Adam Munro screamer. A collector’s item for sure.
However, a controversial penalty led to a 1-1 draw which meant Chambers FC had to win their final group game against Couno to get through to the knockout stages. A tense game finally sprung to life late on when Jason scored two quick fire goals to secure Chambers their spot in the last 16, with James keeping his second Roots Hall clean sheet in the process.
A tight last 16 encounter followed and a defensive masterclass from Jodi, Stu, Darren and Andy ensured that back to back clean sheets was enough for victory after another match winner from Jason. Cody and Liam acted as the enforcers in the middle of the park, both proving tough for the opposition to contend with. Having conceded just 2 goals in 4 games, we were full of confidence heading into the Quarter Finals.
However, it wasn’t to be as a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Clive Emson Auctioneers was enough to end the Chambers FC dream. Clive Emson then fell at the Semi Final stage, losing on penalties to Affinity Mortgages.
The final was battled out between Affinity Mortgages and TKS Developments. TKS were an absolute force to be reckoned with throughout the tournament with the most goals scored out of all the teams, and deservedly battled their way through the final to take the trophy win, winning the game 2-1. They had gone ahead early before doubling their lead, and despite a spirited effort from Affinity, TKS had enough to hang on for the win.
The day raised an impressive amount of money for the two local charities; over £19,000 for TrustLinks & HARP who would like to thank everyone on and off the pitch for their contribution.
We would also like to say a big thank you to all the teams for taking part in the day on what was a great and successful event.
Special thanks to the fine MC’ing from our very own Finch Hare, the pitch directing from Kieron Whitehead, Michael McGaw and Stephen Mansfield, the volunteers from all partners managed by Ros Luckman and Lisa Swallows, and Rebecca Groom from Southend FC for the great support.
Looking forward to seeing you all next year!
Please click here for the final fixtures
Please go to the homepage of Nelson Chambers website to review the official match day photographs
If you would like to talk about entering for the 2020 WCOS tournament, please contact Frances.Wright@aj-chambers.com