| Saturday 24 May
England 1 Scotland 1
Home International Tournament, Carmarthen Town.
Baker, Kennedy, Guyett, Boardman, Rose, Whitman,
Johnson, Terry (Drummond
70), D’Sane, Agogo (Jackson 77), Morris (Elam
63). Subs not used: Weale, Skiverton, Hatswell, Way.
Scotland: Shearer, Archibald,
Dolan (O’Neill 50), Milne, Anderson, Fleming,
McGinley, Still, Main (Fairhurst 82), Murray, Stephen
(McKenzie 55). Subs not used: Cantley, Scott.
Referee: P.Tuite (Pepublic
not everyday you get to see a Chester City player
lifting a trophy – and I’m one of those
rare fans who’ve seen it twice. My first was
the famous Nationwide Variety Club trophy victory
against Kingstonian witnessed by 494 others. My second
was when I saw Scott Guyett pick up the Four Nations
Championship Trophy, watched by an even smaller crowd.
Scott played a captain’s role in England’s
1-1 draw with Scotland at Carmarthen Town – a
result which ensured England, featuring players from
Chester, Yeovil, Woking, Hereford, Canvey Island,
Dagenham and Redbridge, Halifax, Barnet, Northwich,
Morecambe, Aldershot and Doncaster, finished top
of the table and saw Scott presented with the tournament’s
The England National XI were clearly weary when
they took to the field, showing all the signs of
playing a final game in a three-match tournament
at the end of a hard season. Part-timers Scotland,
almost all drawn from the Highland League, were soon
pressing the tired-legged England team.
A slip in the English defence after just ten minutes
saw Scot Ian Murray charge through on goal. Goalkeeper
Matt Baker was lucky to stay on the pitch when he
bought him down to give away a penalty. Murray had
no problem slotting the ball home. 1-0 to Scotland.
Although England pressed
forward, with Yeovil’s
Lee Johnson playing a key role in spraying the ball
across the park, there was no other shot on target
in the first half. The game was not really much of
an advert for lower league football.
England came out with more
determination in the second half – with captain Guyett continuing
to rally the troops. He was the usual rock in defence
and took on the captain’s role with predictable
Aldershot’s Roscoe D’Sane was the one
of the few England players who looked as though he
could run and run forever. His nagging persistence
finally paid off when he was in the perfect spot
as Junior Agogo (ex-Chester City) passed to him.
D’Sane made no mistake and hit the equaliser
home. I’m sure that’s not the first time
I’ll see him score a well-taken goal, Conference
defences, be warned!
The game lacked any other
real excitement, with the Welsh neutrals taking
more pleasure from working
out where all the England fans had come from and
what drew us to this small corner of Wales. I got
my reward for making the journey when I saw Scott
lift the trophy. I hope I’ll see something
similar later in the year – with a few more
people watching this time
Report and pictures: Sue Choularton