German tourists claim victory over veterans

Players line up ahead of the Rutland-Oberkirch vets' match
Players line up ahead of the Rutland-Oberkirch vets' match
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German tourist side SV Oberkirch beat Rutland Vets 4-2 at Cottesmore last week with a little help from players from closer to home.

Short on numbers, the Germans were given a rather Anglicised look with a few 
local lads making up their numbers and it was one of these who handed the visitors an early lead.

Former Wimbledon and Scunthorpe midfielder Paul O’Berg beat England over-50s player Adey Stannard to a cross from Marcus Hoferer to put Oberkirch ahead.

But although Oberkirch looked the more dangerous, the hosts scored against the run of play with Darren Munton lifting the ball over Graham McNaughton to level.

O’Berg put the visitors back in front with a well taken lob before Hoferer put them in a commanding position with a scrappy goal going into half time.

In the second half, Hoferer capped a fine display by netting a second before Dave Quinn pulled one back with a well taken penalty.

Rutland: Adey Stannard, Paddy Hall, Barry Suggett, Kerry Nimmons, Andy Finch, Mark Tomo, Graham Wilkinson, Brian Cooper, Richard Wilson, Darren Munton, Dave Quinn. Subs: Ainsley Preddy (GK), Jim Robinson, Rob Lewin. Oberkirch: Graham McNaughton, Jupp Carnarius, Geoff Bryan, Werner Muntner, Cameron Brookes, Markus Hoferer, Paul O’Berg, Mark Bryan, Christian Hoffmann, Zlatko Ilic, Frank Lachmann. Subs used: Rolf Moglich, Robin Brookes, Chris Bullimore.