As the Surrey FA League season gets into full swing, Farnham Town Flares have made an impressive start in all three age categories.

The over-50s are looking particularly strong, with seven wins in their first eight games.

Opening day wins against Walton, Wimbledon, Cranleigh and reigning champions Godalming were followed up with victories against Chelsea, Walton and Dorking.

The one blot on the copybook is a three-goal defeat to an excellent Thames side.

Even this early in the season, the over-50s league looks certain to be a three-horse race.

If the Flares can maintain their form in front of goal they will be well in the mix, along with Godalming and Thames, when the medals are being handed out.

Playing at a competitive level for the first time, the over-60s have made a solid start to the Surrey FA League season with two wins and four draws from their opening eight games.

A well-organised defensive unit, with four clean sheets and no more than a single goal conceded in any other game, now need to turn possession and pressure into goals.

Somewhat surprisingly, the highlight of the season so far was actually a defeat!

Facing last season’s runaway Surrey FA League champions, Godalming, the Flares were desperately unfortunate to go down to a penalty, especially as they missed one of their own.

In the multi-age category, where one player must be over 70, the Flares are now beginning to really hit their stride as they acclimatise to their first league season in this age group.

Having started with defeats to Godalming and Thames in the opening week, Farnham have responded well with victories against Teddington, Woking and Chelsea, together with a hard-fought draw against a well-organised Walton.

After two rounds of matches, Godalming look the likely champions, but Farnham should be there or thereabouts for the runners-up spot.

The multi-age and over-50s teams play their next round of fixtures today (Tuesday), while the over-60s play their next round of fixtures on Thursday, May 11.

The Farnham teams are all sponsored by home care provider Home Instead.

Anyone who is over 45 and fancies joining the Farnham Town Flares walking football squad should contact Andy by emailing [email protected] for further details.

Andy will get you along to one of the Tuesday evening sessions at Weydon School.

The sessions kick off at 6pm and the first session is completely free.

Tony Fairclough