INJURIES and holidays prevented Gala Fairydean Rovers winning the Scottish Walking Football title last week at Ravenscraig.

Going into the final set of fixtures just two points behind leaders Hearts 56, hopes were high of reaching the top.

But forced changes due to holidays and injuries meant an under-strength Gala team couldn't topple the table-topping Jambos in the opening match.

There were further defeats against third placed Hearts 98 as well as hosts North Lanarkshire Leisure.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom as Fairydean Rovers goalkeeper Mike Bisland was named Player of the Tournament.

And he was presented with his trophy by Scotland and Celtic legend David Hay.

Fairydean Rovers chairman John Hislop told us: “ It has been a fantastic tournament played at excellent facilities at Ravenscraig and Gala have played some superb football throughout the campaign.

“Unfortunately our squad is much smaller than most of our opponents but every player gave his all and to go into the final day with a chance to win the title is a magnificent achievement.

“Walking football however is not about playing in competitions, it’s about having a kick about with your pals every week.

“I would encourage anyone to give it a try.

"We have players with different levels of ability and everyone is made welcome."

Gala Fairydean Rovers play every Monday and Thursday between 2.30pm and 4pm at Langlee Community Centre.