Hampton Walking Football – November update

We enter round two of the walking soccer league here at the Nene Valley Community Centre, sponsored by Age Concerned, where today the Hampton Walking Football Team bring their full roster of stars to the field of play.

After the draft picks had been made in pre-season Hampton turned up with 10 qualified players with Robert “The Brickie” making his rookie appearance for the all star team.

The head coach had a headache prior to the games working on his teams plays as each of the playbooks had been colour coded and a few of the players had become colour blind with age.

So we started the first game against the league’s favourites and last year’s super soccer world champions Huntingdon B. As we enter ‘the fall’ the game started in torrential rain with both sets of players enjoying the zippy surface. This game was pure excitement with the champions of the world taking the lead with the Hampton Stars struggling to find their normal rhythm. This did not last long as last year’s top receiver Andy ‘touch down’ Wallman buried his punt into the bottom corner of the goal tenders posts.

The boys came in for half time with an expectation of masseurs and high energy gel supplements however, the sponsorship deals have yet to be finalised by the marketing teams for these services to be made available.

The second half saw us take the lead through Richie ‘all star’ Talby before Huntingdon brought the soccer game level at 2-2. Then Andy ‘I was never running’ Wallman was sin binned for the last three minutes where Andrew ‘cruncher’ Allison, Mark ‘sacked him’ – Crook and Tim ‘corner stop’ Peters defended the fort until the officials blew for the end game.

After an awesome Americano and bacon and egg ‘sunny side up’ brunch we moved onto our second game against the Stamford Strollers. As we watched from the comfort of our wet suits myself and Bob noticed that the boys from Stamford were not sponsored by baby strollers? And did not belong to the great University? Bob and myself may never understand this game of soccer!

We noticed early that strolling and running were quite similar and struggled to keep up with the pace of the game in the first half with a great kick giving Stamford the lead at half-time. However, last years middle of the pitch dynamo Andy ‘MVP’ Hovey scored a peach of a punt which brought Hampton level. Therefore the end game finished 1-1.

So round two finished with two draws. No killer penalties, no sudden death extra time, no season defining games…. Never gonna understand European soccer. Oh a note has just been passed to me from Bob that reads Tortoise Property have added £30 to the charity sponsorship kitty.

Your American soccer legends,

Chad and Bob
Scorers of legendary goals in High School, USA.

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