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By Dean Chance

Hemel's Happy Feet travelled to Luton in the regional final of the 50+ Walking Football National Cup

and came away with a fantastic result in a very physical encounter winning away from home 2-4 against a very experienced Luton side. Hemel encountered playing on a small pitch that was boarded all round (for the first time) meaning the ball was always in play, on top of this we had a couple of players missing for this game. However we got off to a great start with Andy Turner scoring from distance in to the bottom left hand corner of the net after just 9 minutes. The game was very much end to end with Luton equalising on 17 minutes. On the stroke of half time lone striker Jimmy Holmes turned the defender and slotted the ball past the keeper for a 1-2 lead at half time.
The second half Luton started quite strongly with stand in keeper Mark Mannell making a series of stunning saves, gradually Hemel came back in to the game but a flash point in the 28th minute resulted in Steve Buckey and a Luton player being sent off. This seemed to spur Hemel on and a lay back to defender Steve Hatchett saw him arrow the ball in to the corner of the net for a 1-3 lead. Shortly after, Jimmy Holmes was bearing down on the Luton goal only to be crudely brought down from behind. This resulted in the offending Luton player receiving a blue card (sin binned for 2 minutes). With a player less the game heading into the final 10 minutes Luton hit back almost immediately to make it 2-3. With the game now back level with 5 players each Jimmy Holmes managed to squeeze the ball passed the keeper with just 2 minutes remaining for a match winning 2-4 lead. This was an absolutely fantastic win for the team that is only been playing competitively for one season.

We now move on to the National Finals, which is held on Sunday 30th September at England's Headquarters @ St Georges Park.

Squad Pictured: Steve Buckey, Dave Woolfrey, Mark Mannell, Jimmy Holmes,
Steve Hatchett, Andy Turner, Mike Parkes, Paul Church and Nigel Morrison.

Updated 11:54 - 23 Aug 2018 by Dean Chance

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