first round of group games in League One of the Thames Valley League at Bisham Abbey.
This is the first time the 60+ team have played in this competition. This is a 50+ league but we wanted to give our team some competitive walking football before they play in the National Cup. They were paired with Highworth Town B, Maidenhead United, Milton Keynes Mad Walkers, Oxford United B, and Woodley Saints Deadbeats.
The team was run by Steve Buckey and like Mike he also took the opportunity to give equal game time to players in preparation for this seasons National Cup.
First up for the 60+ were Highworth Town, the eventual winners of the days games. In a closely contested game Highworth eventually ran out 1-0 winners.
Second up was Maidenhead United, in this game Hemel had far more ball and opportunities to score. A great strike by Steve Manly saw the team win 1-0.
Next up were Woodley Saints Deadbeats, a closely fought game saw neither team able to break the deadlock and the game finishing 0-0.
Last but one were Oxford united and they were simply too strong for the 60+, as hard as they tried they failed to trouble the keeper enough during the game. With Oxford United scoring twice the game ended 0-2.
In the final game of the day Hemel were up against Milton Keynes Mad Walkers. In an evenly contested game neither side was able to break the deadlock despite both sides having the opportunities and the game ended up 0-0.
A great start for the 60+ team in a younger age group league, they just need to get more experience and start shooting when the opportunity arises.
Updated 14:34 - 12 Mar 2019 by Dean Chance
Back Row:Pete Jerram, Phil Rickett, Nick Schramm, Steve Buckey, Andy Roads
Front Row: Steve Manly, Cliff Leat, Trevor McFarlane, Kris Nicholls