Swifts stripped for action

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THE wintry weather saw the majority of football games postponed at the weekend but one Fenland village team shrugged off the weather to take part in a training session with a cold twist.

Outwell Swifts were due to play Ely City A on Saturday in a Cambs Kershaw Senior B league game, but the match was cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

But rather than hit the pub or put their feet up at home in front of a fire, the vast majority of the squad turned out to keep their fitness up ahead of the festive period.

The cold weather, however, didn’t seem to be a problem for the team – who were hammered 8 - 0 away at Longstanton last week – as they stripped off and trained in just their boxers and boots.

Centre back David Blackmore said: “When the idea was first mooted, I thought they must’ve been having a laugh because there was no way I was stripping off to train in sub-zero conditions.

“But after the first two took of their warm clothing, the rest soon followed suit, probably due to peer pressure, and we just carried on training – as you do.

“It was absolutely freezing but we got through it and the shower after training was probably the best I’ve ever had.”

He added, however: “I don’t think it will be something we will be trying again for our warm-up ahead of our next game.”

The Swifts are back in Kershaw Senior B action against Cambridge City Reserves on Saturday, January 8 at the Outwell Playing Fields.