EFL – Community Walking Football League – Match Report by Coach Ian Johns
On Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 08:45, Lincoln City Foundation Walking Imps left the LNER Stadium for the Forest Sports Zone in Nottingham to play their first match against Doncaster Rovers.
As we approached the venue, we could see Notts County and Nottingham Forest-A, getting ready to start their match. We parked and made our way to the pavilion. We were met by Nottingham Forest Community Trust coaches who had us sign in showed us to our dressing room. Once ready we headed to the pitch to warm up and some photos taken with Doncaster.
The match started 11:00 with Doncaster being more in possession and Lincoln City finding their feet as this team had never played on a pitch this big before. We defended well with a few counter attacks of our own and finished the first quarter a goal down. Second quarter much of the same with some better possession and attacks of our own but managed to be another goal behind.
In the third and forth quarters the game opened up and Doncaster showed more experience having played together for longer. We had more shots on goal and moved the ball better as a team which was promising. We went with no subs and with Doncaster’s depth on the bench we found it hard to keep the pressure on which resulted in conceding a couple of goals in each of the last two quarters.
Our players thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to doing this again on Tuesday 21 April which we play Leicester City A. Thank you to Nottingham Forest Community Trust for organising with a lovely venue and a good referee!
“This is the second season of the EFL Community Walking Football League, and it is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of. The ethos of the league is exactly what we are looking for as it focuses on the health benefits and getting players involved rather than who comes out victorious . It is a great opportunity to meet with other community foundations and trusts and for the guys to meet me knew people and build new friendships.”
- Lincoln City Foundation Health and Inclusion Officer, Kirsten
The other teams involved are Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Doncaster Rovers, Derby County and Mansfield Town.
The major rules are NO running, NO body contact, NO tacking from behind and HAVE FUN!