Bedford Mini Tournament – Sat 17-Nov-18

17-Nov-18 (report by Richard & Glenn)

Firstly, many thanks to all for turning up to play on Sat, not the greatest of journeys with traffic but a nice sunny day.  I very much appreciated the mixing of teams and having the less skilled (or fit) players having a chance to compete alongside the top players in what was a “non-tournament”.  It continues to help build bridges and inclusively within the club.

As per my email to Ian (below) at Bedford thanking him for the day, we did find the change in surface and referee style difficult to recalibrate to, but we did “bugger on”!  The matches were tight, both teams losing games by the odd goal twice and one by just 2 on top of the (normal) 0-0 draw amongst ourselves.  We do need some more goal scorers (can’t rely on Howard and Ged forever!).

It does look like we will have a chance to have a re-match at Watford plus be involved in their next event in Feb/Mar.

For the record:

1. Watford Amigos

Squad:
Gary Shaw
John Field
Jonathan Sinfield
Richard Manning
Steve Moss
Tony Beal
Trevor Blake

(late drop outs from Andy Roads and Mike Adams)

Of Note:
– played 4 W0 D1 L3
– we never quite got to grips with the hard playing surface (harder than St Michaels) and the relatively fast pace of the games.
– goalkeeper duties were shared among Richard, Jonathon, Tony and finally John who was carrying an injury by then.
– Jonathan was only one to keep a clean sheet!
– games were lost 0-1 twice and 0-2 in final game.
– we failed to score a goal!
– John was test driving an injury but unfortunately it did not pass the fitness test for his attendance at the England gathering next week.  Hopefully he will get another opportunity.
– Richard needs a new team talk.

2. Watford Hornets (from Glenn)

On a sunny Saturday morning two Watford teams made there way to Bedford!.  Five teams played 17 minutes against each other in a round robin format!!. Two teams from Bedford and Watford plus the Moulton Masters.

Squad:
Alan Cutter
George Ferrar
Glenn Cato
Howard Harris
Kevin Schmid
Lakhi
Pat Morrissey
Pete Davison
Steve Harrington

Our first game was Moulton Masters. The usual slow start and within 10 minutes we were 2 goals down. We just could not get out of first gear in this game.
Final Score 0-2.

Second game was Bedford A. We woke up for this game! Much better working as a unit and playing some decent football. Howard scored with a fine finish.
Final Score 1-0

Third game Watford Yellows of course no one wanted to lose this game. The Orange’s made all the play and chances but was unable to break the deadlock.
Final Score 0-0

Final game Bedford B. The game seemed to be petering out as a draw until Bedford sneaked a goal with only a few minutes to go.
Final Score 0-1

A mixed bag of results but was enjoyable in the sunshine!

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THANK YOU EMAIL TO BEDFORD:
Ian(s)

Just wanted to say thank you for hosting the event yesterday.  While we (Watford) did not show our best form, it was a sunny day and we all got exercise!  Several of us demolished a Toby Carvery on the way home with a pint too.

We play on a similar hard surface on Mondays during the winter and have found it very difficult to get used to compared to the 3G and 4G pitches we mostly play on.  It also took us a little while to get used to the rules and refereeing which is always different wherever you go.  I hope we showed our club spirit and played the WF in the manner we all seem to want to play to.

Your Bedford boys did very well and we would like to invite them both back to the Watford area for a couple of matches.  We would get two Watford teams and each play the two Bedford teams in 26 minute matches.  By avoiding a complete round robin we avoid a “winner”. Saturdays would be best, we normally can get the Meriden Community Centre (just off the M1) at noon or 1pm for an hour.  We may be able to get our other location at Harefield as an alternative.

Please let me know if this is of interest and potential dates you may have open for such a fixture.

Thank you once again
Richard and Glenn

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RESPONSE FROM BEDFORD:

Hi Richard and Glenn,

Thanks for the email and thank you to everyone from Watford for travelling up. We definitely learnt a few lessons on Saturday and hope to implement these for the next event we hold in February next year ensuring we keep improving things on / off the pitch for all those that take part.

I thought your guys played well in all the matches and were definitely unlucky on several occasions (especially as I think you were a bit depleted on numbers).  I do agree that the variations in pitches and interpretations of the playing rules from club to club can make it very difficult to quickly adapt at these type of events. We have been caught out on so many occasions at events we have attended.  The main one is that we normally play 3 touch at our sessions and it continually catches us out when we play unlimited touch.

Moving forward we would love to take you up on your offer.  I will put it to the guys and see what we can come up with in terms of possible dates etc…  It goes without saying that we would look forward to seeing you at Bedford for our next event in February / March time as well.

Speak soon.
Ian Mc