Some of our regular players represented Community Kickabout last night in a “proper” game of football last night, Friday 18th November 2022. Having organised small-sided games for over two years now, this was our first 90 minute 11-a-side game. Our opponents were SDS, a great bunch of lads who visited from Switzerland to compete in a couple in a couple of games over the weekend. Vauxhall Road, home of Hemel Hempstead Town FC, hosted our evening game.

The squad, pictures ahead of kick off.

Community Kickabout got off to a lively start, but it was SDS who took the lead, arguably against the run of play midway through the first half. Within minutes though, Kickabout equalised through Marc Willmore; whilst the visitors protested a handball in the build up, a left foot half-volley brought the scores level. By half time, SDS had scored again and took a 1-2 lead in to half time.

Both teams rotated the squad throughout the game and it was some half-time changes to Kickabout’s line up that had the greatest impact on the game. The introduction of Danny Mills up front was followed by a quick equaliser after the re-start, another well finished volley. Within minutes Danny added his second and with SDS on the ropes, we had a Millsy hat-trick within 10 minutes of the second half.

SDS settled back in to the game and after some good spells of pressure pulled a goal back. Kickabout had to dig deep to stay ahead in the final stages, but Will Hardy put the game beyond the reach of our opponents with our fifth goal in the dying minutes. Overall it was a well competed and enjoyable game, with the teams enjoying some post match refreshments in the Vauxhall Road bar after the game. We’re very keen to arrange more full sided games early in 2023, watch thei space!

The teams photographed together after the game.