15th Apr 2020
Following the premature end to the season, the club's Managers have been asked to comment on the season past and hopes for the future.
Arriving at the Club in Mid November (2019) with Dave Williamson by my side “mano a mano”, on the back of a draw and 7 defeats we knew we had a challenge on our hands and one which we fully embraced.
With our 1st game being postponed, our 2nd game a Cup match against Hatfield Town 1st Team from the Premier Division; it was damage limitation in my mind, however the lads to our absolute delight played out of their skin to win the game on penalties.
This was an immediate game changer and I knew we inherited some decent lads; at that time we were bottom of the league, but winning the next few games with, a couple of draws (and a few losses), we climbed out of the relegation zone to 10th position and looking safe.
And I must say we had a similar performance from the Reserves as well – a great response from both squads, we have some fantastic players overall.
Adding to the new Management Team we have Bobby White (formerly U18’s Manager at Buntingford Cougars) join us to take on the Reserves and he has been supported by our Chairman Mark Cotton and Committee member Bruce Knapp until we find Coaching support for Bobby.
Unfortunately this is where it halts for a while, the tragedy the World is facing with the Coronavirus, has put a stop to normal life including all football Leagues.
Talking positively though, in the short few months I have been here I have found the whole Club Committee to have been tremendously supportive, pro-active, and very positive to develop and grow the Club.
We now have a short and long term Club plan which is brilliant and we look forward to the plan being delivered.
Barry Tokley who runs The Bury (our home ground) is doing some good up-keep and maintenance to the venue whilst the world is on halt, and I really look forward to playing back there, at a facility which we can all be proud of.
We also worked very hard to bring more professionalism to the Club, including players changing room routines and processes for both squads (1st Team and Reserves), and also enhancing the relationship between the 2 squads regarding roles and responsibilities.
Every player in both squads should be very very proud of themselves this season, and I am so delighted we have all embraced the changes implemented.
We all look forward to working with all our players, Management and Committee for next season and beyond, playing some great football - developing our style and growing the Club.
In the mean time, stay safe, be healthy and pray we find a cure/vaccine for the World.
A great team spirit in the squad enjoying time on and off the pitch.
The Vets now have a few younger faces in the squad now, and this has been reflected in performances where we have shown we can compete with the better teams in the league.
We are looking forward to another good season, hopefully in September.
This is our first season as part of Buntingford Town FC whereas previously we were an independently run team under the East Herts Council Forever Active banner.
We have weekly training sessions on a Saturday morning at the MUGA and have entered a couple of Walking Football tournaments this season at Enfield Town WFC, Barnet WFC, and Buntingford Town.
Only one home and away friendly has been held with Huntingdon WF; we normally enter two teams in these games, over 60’s and under 60’s.
Other fixtures and tournaments had been planned for the remainder of the season but were curtailed by the Coronavirus crisis.
We have also entered two teams for the first time in the WFA National Cup which is due to be played 2nd/3rd May; this is unlikely to go ahead.
For next season I would like to see pressure be put on the Herts FA to develop a Herts WF League, with games once a month.
This has been talked about for many years with other Herts clubs but never come to fruition; to me it needs someone to take ownership of organising this.
We are also desperate to appoint a dedicated coach, to take the team forward.
Katie McFayden, who has given us a great start, has now stepped back a little in order to concentrate on her Ladies Team, and Danny Skipp has stepped up in an organisational, as opposed to coaching, role.
If you are a qualified coach who would like to work with us to develop our walking football team, we’d love to hear from you!
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