4:00pm Saturday 16th June 2012
Two long-serving Pembrokeshire footballers have made winning debuts for Wales Over 60s against their counterparts from England.
The pair have regularly played for Pembrokeshire Over 45s for many seasons.
Bob Nelson, now 61, was a founder of the local veterans’ football team and against England he played full back for the first 60 minutes.
Mick Algieri, who is a year younger, came on as a sub for the second half and scored Wales’ final goal in a cracking 4-1 victory.
There should have been a third Pembrokeshire representative in the squad since Gerald Hicks played in the trials and had been to squad training at the new Indoor Hall at Cardiff City Football Stadium.
However, Hicks sustained a toe injury and so was unable to play in the match, which took place at the Cambrian and Clydach Ground near Porth, in the Rhondda Valley.
This was the first-ever match between Wales and England for this age group and they competed for the Frank Terrell Trophy, named in honour of the Taffs Well stalwart who sadly passed away in January.
Such was the enthusiasm shown by both players and organisers that the next game is already scheduled – for England in September.
Wales went 1-0 down early on to a goal by Rob Beal, who beat Welsh custodian Fred Beach, only for Wales to draw level with a well-placed shot by Frank Lennon. The scores were still tied at the interval after Beach did well to save a penalty from Barry McNamara.
Wales played some excellent football in the second half as Algieri made some spirited runs from wide positions. Paul Williams scored twice for Wales, both from neat headers at corners, before Algieri made the game safe as his low cross/shot deceived the English custodian at his near post.
England had the final word with a late goal by Barry McNamara but it was a case of too little, too late, as the Welsh team were worthy 4-2 winners. The Pembrokeshire duo were understandably thrilled by their appearance in a Welsh shirt and Western Telegraph Sport would like to add huge congratulations to two very modest gentlemen of sport in Bob Nelson and Mick Algieri, for carrying the Pembrokeshire footballing flag with such distinction and pride.
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