Amigos (Division 2) (report by Richard)

Firstly, thank you to all 3 team players for taking part today. For the Omegos (Amigos!) it was the start of a long journey and a good learning exercise for us all. What was really good is that although we made a few mistakes, we never got on anyone’s case, which for me is extremely important. We very much appreciated our Watford colleagues Craig and Ged coming along between games to encourage us.

For the record:
4 x 12 minute games straight through on pitch and goals similar size and quality to Meriden. Start 11am, finish 1:40pm.

Amigos (average age 61 yr 4 mon):
Malcolm Wright (goal)
Steve Harrington/Richard Manning/Terry Singh (defence)
Phil Marchand/Paul Vinton/Michael Smith (midfield)
Steve Dyett (forward)

Results:
Maidenhead Utd drew 1-1 (Steve Harrington deflected shot from the half-way line, Malcolm making several good saves to keep us in the game against probably the best side in our Division)
South Bucks & Chiltern Crumblies lost 0-1
Oxford Utd B drew 1-1 (Steve Dyett)
Wycombe WWFC B won 1-0 (Paul Vinton)
All 4 games were competitive. We can but improve as a team.

Refereeing & Rules

The TVL is played to FA WF rules which are a little different to what we are used.  It will take a little time to get used to these changes and the style of refereeing but it is the same for all teams. 

Whites (Championship) (report by Michael)

Today, we played 3 games of the scheduled 4, as Hemel Hempstead were a no show, due to injuries and players on holiday.

Game day squad:
Julian Knight
Trevor Blake
Craig Forbes
Hallam Doyle
Ged McClaughlin
Howard Harris
Michael Adams

Game 1 – Watford 2 – 0 Cherwell Strollers
Started first couple of minutes slowly, but opposition did not cause any damage during this period. After, about 5 minutes we picked the pace up and deservedly went ahead with a fine bit of skill and finish by Ged, committing the keeper as he does and slotting home. Not to be out done, Howard did exactly the same a few minutes later, to extend the lead to 2-0 which is how it finished.

Game 2 -South Reading Coffin Dodgers 0 – 1 Watford
Following a 2-game wait, we again started the first few minutes slowly. This gave the opposition the momentum to get physical with us, which we coped with. A lack of concentration on our part, brought out a great close range save from Julian, followed by a couple of long distance efforts. We regrouped quickly, and Michael finished off a good move to go one up. Howard was sin binned for two running offences, but we were not affected as even though we were down to one man less, we dominated possession and saw the result out.

Game 3 – Watford 2 – 0 Cherwell Strollers
As this was the second of our back to back games, from the off, we took control of this game. Howard cleverly intercepted a pass from the keeper and kept his head as he slotted home. We enjoyed a lot of possession and got our rewards when Hallam was fed a ball from deep and with a sublime turn, swept the ball into the bottom corner, with the keeper going in the opposite direction.

Overall, we played the game within ourselves and in good spirit. We have plenty more to give, but this was a good platform. Now that teams have seen us, it is not a time to be complacent.

In respect of the league itself. The games felt more like a half-way house between walking football and Vets football, as referees interpret the WF rules differently to those as we know them. In saying that, for our games at least, no advantage was gained, as it was the same for all teams.