Crawfordjohn Heavy Mob prepare for Swamp Soccer World Championships

Crawfordjohn Heavy Mob competing in Swamp Soccer World Championships at Strachur, Dunoon 2010

Crawfordjohn Heavy Mob competing in Swamp Soccer World Championships at Strachur, Dunoon 2010

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One year on from being browned off by a frustrating first round exit, Crawfordjohn Heavy Mob players are hopeful of much better at this year’s Swamp Soccer World Championships.

The Clydesdale village pals want to make a dirty big impact on the 2011 tournament, being played this weekend on five-a-side pitches with mud a foot deep at The Wisp near Edinburgh.

“Playing in last year’s World Championships was funny,” said Heavy Mob player Tom Collins.

“It was extremely hard to play on the mud because it was a lot slower than a standard surface.

“There were some hilarious slips and falls from players trying to reach the ball when it was just two centimetres in front of them!

“All of our players were absolutely covered in mud not long after the matches kicked off.

“Movement was so tricky it was unbelievable. You could easily get stuck in the mud and my shoe came off at one point.

“This year I’ll make sure there is a lot of duct tape around my shoes holding them on.”

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