Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-09

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46 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 Sport Aldershot Town’s new walking football team are known as OlderShots Goal-den oldies limber up for a walk in the park ALDERSHOT Town Football Club have now joined the football phenomenon that is sweeping the UK and have launched their own walking football team. The new team will be known as OlderShots as it is mainly aimed at over-50s who are trying to remain fit and healthy, especially after the recent period of inactivity through lockdown. The idea was part of the Shots Foundation initiative to offer football opportunit­ies to both sexes of all ages, with girls’ and women’s football sessions due to begin at the end of September on Monday evenings at the new 3G pitch venue of Tomlinscot­e School, in Frimley. The OlderShots sessions will be run in partnershi­p with BSc (Hons) qualified Sports Therapist and FA coach Mick Quinn, from Quinntesse­ntial Sports Therapy, to ensure all the medical and safety aspects of the sport are taken care of to the highest level. Quinn also runs the famous Cove Rapidly Ageing Pensioners, who are one of the county’s most successful walking football teams and were honoured to star in the Barclays TV commercial that first introduced the sport to the nation. He said: “We are very excited about this new project with the Shots Foundation and we already have plans in place for friendly matches and tournament­s as soon as the Covid restrictio­ns in Sport are lifted. “The safety aspect for these older athletes is paramount and it’s important that you choose a walking football team with fully qualified medical personnel to ensure all potential medical emergencie­s are covered.” If you are over 50 and interested in finding out more about walking football, please contact john. monday@shotsfound­ or call Mick Quinn on 07810 100175. Midfield pair give the Row much needed energy boost Triallists shine with first-half goals for free-scoring Shots and finishing well at the near post. Kandi, who was a threat throughout, scored after some good work from Rees – the former Bromley man controllin­g the ball in the area before manipulati­ng it into space and flicking it into the path of Kandi to tap into an empty net. The hosts soon pulled a goal back after being first denied by a combinatio­n of Mitch Walker and the crossbar before the ball fell nicely at the back post for an easy finish. However, the three-goal deficit only lasted until the 42nd minute when Rees went from provider to goalscorer with a coolly taken strike from 12 yards out, converting a good cross. The second half did not have the same pace to it, but that did not stop Bettamer from scoring another preseason goal in the 67th minute. It could not have been simpler as the striker connected with James Rowe’s inviting corner with his head from a couple of yards out. Hanwell scored again with four minutes remaining through the head of their centre-half after a good cross, but it was a mere consolatio­n. ALDERSHOT Town cruised to a 6-2 friendly victory against Hanwell Town at the Powerday Stadium on Saturday as a pair of triallists stood out for the National League visitors. This entertaini­ng run out against Isthmian South Central opposition saw six goals scored in the first-half alone as the Shots found the target with ease. They were already 3-0 up thanks to the triallists before Chike Kandi and Josh Rees added to the firsthalf strikes. Mo Bettamer then increased the scoreline in the second priod with the hosts pulling a goal back themselves in each half. The game sparked to life in the 26th minute when Kandi was found and his shot was parried by the goalkeeper only for the ball to rebound to one of the triallists who lifted it into the net. The visitors doubled their lead less than a minute later, again through the same player who tapped in Craig Tanner’s cross after a great move down the right. The other triallist then got in on the act after breaking down the left last few seasons developing at Westfield FC, assisting in their successful play-off campaigns. Prior to Westfield, he was a product of the academy at Colliers Wood United. Speaking of his new signings, manager Anthony Millerick said: “We wanted energy in centre midfielder after losing Marley (Ridge) and Aaron (Kuhl) in the summer, and both come with that plus a lot of talent. “Anis has come highly recommende­d from Tony Reid at Westfield, someone whose judgement I trust, and Dom has been on the radar for a while but always under contract at Tooting. Both are keen to progress in the game and we are willing to give them that platform to develop further and showcase their talents. Their enthusiasm has been brilliant and they’ve both settled in well so far.” HARTLEY Wintney have signed two talented midfielder­s ahead of the forthcomin­g season, which is due to begin with their FA Cup preliminar­y round tie at home to Hamworthy United on Saturday. Dominic Morgan-Griffiths has been at Tooting & Mitcham United since he burst onto the scene at a young age, stepping up from their youth team to become a regular first team player. Having played a lot of football despite his relatively young age, Morgan-Griffiths has shown experience beyond his years since joining the Row squad and featuring in the club’s pre-season fixtures. The dynamic centre midfielder looks to have lots of energy and has already impressed the fans and management. Anis Nuur is a young attacking midfielder who has spent the Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, pictured for Hartley Wintney FC last month JOSIE SHIPMAN PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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