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British Army Footballers Beat RAF In Inter Services Opener

A 1-0 win at the home of Shrewsbury Town FC has given the Army an advantage in the title race.

The Army have taken a big step towards retaining their Inter Services title with a 1-0 win over the RAF.

Matt Glass scored the winning goal in the first half, with the Army managing to hold on in the Shrewsbury rain.

The win means the Army can win the title in Aldershot against the Navy in two weeks' time.

It was the RAF who settled better at Montgomery Waters Meadow. 

Kyle Willis nearly gave them the lead inside 10 minutes but his rasping low drive flew inches wide of the post.

The Army’s goal seemed to come against the run of play but it proved vital in their victory.

The Air Force failed to clear a cross from the left and Callum Wilkinson had the vision to pick out Glass with a deft pass.

The players battled through testing weather conditions throughout the game.

The Army attacker then provided a clever finish to put the men in red in front.

In the second half, the weather started to impact the game.

The rain made it hard for the ball to move and chances were hard to come by.

The RAF’s best chance of levelling the scores came when Alex Woodhouse’s drive took a deflection off of Muhammed Sabo.

The ball could have ended up anywhere but the deflection meant the shot clipped the post on its way behind.

After full-time, Army head coach, Major Sean Birchnall, said his team's work on the training pitch had "paid off" with their performance. 

The Army’s win means they are just one victory away from retaining their title.