Bramley Walking Wanderers get 2021 season underway!
Bramley Walking Wanderers versus the Extra Timers
29th August, Alwoodley Primary School, Match(s) Report
At last the big day has come. After 18 months of relentless training and team morale building (most of it in Bramley Costa to be fair) the Bramley Walking Wanderers had their first match!
It was away, against ‘Extra Timers’ from Alwoodley, always a tricky place to go at this time of the season. Which meant a 10.15 prompt meet in the car park, leaving 15 minutes for a final chat to fine tune the system and tactics and for an inspirational team talk…or as it turned out 20 minutes spent pacing up and down chuntering, nervously waiting for Dolores who had forgotten to put her alarm on.
But we eventually got there and were warmly welcomed by the opposition, Dave Wynick their marvellously enthusiastic coach and Colin the first class referee who patiently went through the walking football rules, most of which came as news to Gordon who had no idea running, tackling fiercely from behind and remonstrating with the referee were not actually allowed.
Onto the game, and we were effectively 1-0 up before a ball was kicked as the opposition were psychologically diminished by the fact we actually had our own kit, a logo and brought grapes. Unfortunately we were soon very effectively 2-1 down when the game started and our fantastic kit was not enough to stop extra timers scoring 2 very well worked goals. Two more very close games followed, one won, one lost, against some very well drilled, and skilled, opposition.
After a slow start our red team, playing on the adjoining pitch (we each had 2 teams of 6), finally got into their stride, losing two very tight games against the greens and purples of Extra Timers.
We finished with Bramley reds playing Bramley blues, a grudge match if ever there was one. Susan very lucky to stay on the pitch I thought after terrorizing the opposition the entire match, and literally no love lost when Val scored a beautifully worked goal, driving the ball past her despairing husband in goal….a tough one that for the marriage councillor!
All in all, a fantastic morning, and a huge thanks to Dave and Colin for expertly reffing all the matches, and to everyone for the great spirit in which they were played. We have really enjoyed our walking football sessions these past 18 months or so, but nothing beats a bit of (friendly) competition!
In the coffee house afterwards, having a well earned post match drink and cake, all the squad were buzzing with the excitement of it all (well all except Philip whose ‘flat white’ looked more like a bowl of cold soup) and relishing the prospect of the return leg back at ‘fortress’ Bramley Park next month. Bring it on!
We normally nominate a ‘person of the match’, but to be honest I think today that should go to all the players, of all teams, who did themselves and walking football proud.