Watford Old Masters vs RIP Barnet – 11-Nov-19

11th November 2019 (report by Al Cutter)

On Monday 11th November our over 65’s team played RIP Barnet at Power League, Colney Hatch Lane. With Kick off scheduled for 11am prior to playing, we marked Armistice day with a minutes silence.

We were hoping to take a squad of 8, but injuries & people being unavailable meant we only had 7 and no recognised goalkeeper. We played 3 matches of 20 minutes each against different RIP teams. These were played in cages i.e. with boards and therefore the ball was constantly in play.

We got off to our customary slow start and at half time we were 3-1 down. Not only that but our stand in Goalie, Paul Currie had injured his knee quite badly and was basically playing on one leg! Nevertheless, the Watford spirit kicked in and we fought back to actually be leading 4-3 with just seconds to go. With almost the last kick Paul’s injury resulted in him being unable to stop a very soft goal and the game ended 4-4.

Game 2 was also very close but this time it was our team that scored a last second equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw. At the end of this game we lost George Ferrar to injury and were now down to a bare 6 including a knackered goalie!

On to game 3 and we were on fire! We played some lovely football and were soon 4-0 up and it could have been more. It was then that we lost concentration or simply got tired, but we let our opponents back into the game and they scored 3 quick goals, to leave us hanging on at the end for a 4-3 victory.

The post match discussion concluded that this was one of the nicest events we had participated in. RIP Barnet play the game in a wonderful spirit. There was NO arguing, hardly any running and rarely a foul. Their ref was also excellent and he was helped by the exemplary behaviour of both sides. This made it very enjoyable and, in my opinion, the way walking football should be played.
The smiles and camaraderie from all players at the end showed it to be a great success and we look forward to playing them again in the new year.

Thanks goes to all the squad:- ‘Hopalong’ Paul for doing such a sterling job in goal. George, Steve Morris, Ken Littleboy, Michael Smith, Pat Morrissey and player/manager Alan Cutter for their efforts. A big shout out too for our 2 supporters Ged McLaughin and Richard Wober for their support and encouragement.