Royal Navy Footballers have Inter-Service victory in sight

Storyline: Football

The women’s and men’s senior football teams beat the British Army in their Inter-Service fixtures this week.

Outstanding performances from both senior representative teams saw them victorious in two of the three fixtures against the Army. 

On Tuesday evening in an end-to-end game at Westleigh Park, home of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club, the Navy women edged the result 1-0 with a well taken goal by Jade Berrow to lift the Knight trophy. 

On Wednesday evening the Royal Navy men followed the success of the women the night before by regaining the Mercury Cup. Goals from Elliot Holmes and Jack McCormack saw the team secure a narrow 2-1 victory against the Army in a thrilling encounter at Fratton Park.

During the game, nineteen former Royal Navy senior players who have made 100 or more appearances for the senior service team were honoured on the pitch at Fratton Park with the coveted golden cap. 

Three players were also recognised for reaching more than 200 caps for the Royal Navy, with the most appearances being achieved by former player and Royal Navy Football Association Chief Executive Officer, Steve Johnson. 

The Masters team were unfortunate to concede a late goal and lose to strong Army side in their fixture. Chris Blango and Phil Archbold had given the Navy leads in the game, only for the Army to draw level and secure a late winner in the ninetieth minute. 

It is all to play for next week against the Royal Air Force, with all three teams still having the opportunity to become the 2024 Inter-Service Champions.