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Arbour Park hosts Walking Football Tournament

Last Sunday was the culmination of a three-legged Walking Football tournament at Arbour Park.

15/08/22


Last Sunday (14 August 2022) witnessed the culmination of a three-legged Walking Football tournament which took place at Arbour Park.

Teams from Maidenhead, Gerrards Cross (GX) and Slough Town competed in a league across June, July and August, with two teams representing each location.

The round-robin tournament kicked off in June at Arbour Park with Gerrards Cross A heading the league at the end of the first league, with Slough Town A team close behind. Unfortunately, Slough Town B got off to a bad start without their own goalie, which resulted in 17 goals being scored against them over three games! Slough Town B were never able to recover from such a poor start.

The second leg took place at Maidenhead in July, in exceptionally hot weather. However, Slough Town A were able to field a stronger side and were able to finish this fixture 2 points ahead of their nearest rivals, GX A team.

The third and final leg of the tournament took place on Sunday, and again in very hot conditions. Temperatures reached 31 degrees towards the end of the morning session. A water break was introduced into each 20 minute match given the conditions. Unfortunately, the added time for the water break meant that the matches overran and the last two matches of the day, including Slough Town A versus Maidenhead A, had to be abandoned with teams allocated a 0-0 draw.

This proved advantageous for the GX teams. GX B, who play out of Iver (Evreham Leisure Centre), finished in 1st position on 19 points, with the GX A team in 2nd place on 18 points. Slough Town A finished in 3rd place on 17 points, having missed the contributions of their lead player (Kaka) due to injury on this final fixture.

Regardless of the results, the games were well organised and all players appreciated the camaraderie and good humour that the games were played in, and appreciated even more the cold beers awaiting in the bar after the games (thanks for opening up Kay!)

Steve Shiel

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