20 Jul TIL Chargers vs Thomas Inferiors – Charity Football Match.
On Thursday 19th July, Goals Heathrow was host to an epic 7 a side Football match between The TIL Chargers and the newly formed Thomas Inferiors.
The game which was the idea of Keith Furnell (Thomas Inferiors) and Matt Hollister (TIL Chargers) was organised initially as a bit of fun and to help raise money for the Thames Valley Adventure Playground charity based up the road to us in Maidenhead.
As this was the first time that both teams had played one another, nobody knew what to expect and how the two teams would match up but that didn’t stop both sets of players from getting involved in usual conversations about how easy the game would be and how many goals they would score against one another.
Straight from the kick off, Thomas Inferiors found themselves 2-0 up in the space of 3 minutes with 2 well taken goals from Billy Hanshaw and 2 beautiful assists from Matt Hollister (who unfortunately for Matt wasn’t on Billy’s team). Never the less following the woeful start The Chargers settled into the game and started to play some football and were rewarded for their efforts with 2 goals from Durran Gizzi, following some good hold up play from Rob Arnold.
Just before Half Time Billy Hanshaw completed his hattrick by capitalising from some poor marking from a free kick, meaning that Thomas Inferiors led 3-2 at the break. The second half was a really tight affair, with both teams settling into the game and working hard to limit one another’s chances. Never the less both teams missed their fair share of chances and not to forget some great goalkeeping from Thomas Inferiors Goalkeeper Jamie Alder.
With two minutes left to play, TIL Chargers were awarded a penalty when Thomas Inferiors Defender Kevin Chorley inadvertently stepped into his own goal area, whilst trying to stop an attempt on goal from Rob Arnold. Durran Gizzi was on hand to smash the ball in to the net from the spot, to not only complete his hattrick but also bring the scores level at 3-3.
Following a really tight and well fought game played in exactly the right spirit the scores were even with both teams keen on a rematch.
Keith Furnell (Thomas Inferiors Captain) stated;
The game was really enjoyable and a lot harder than I think any of us thought it would be. More importantly we have all got together, had a great night and raised some money for a brilliant, local charity.
Keith’s sentiments were echoed by Matt Hollister;
We don’t get to do events like tonight too often as we all work such different shift patterns but it was great to get both sets of players together and we have a great time whilst raising money for a really worthwhile cause. From the conversations that I have had with the guys from both sets of teams, we will definitely be organising a re-match in the near future. I would personally like to thank everyone for taking part and the Company for booking the pitch on our behalf which enabled us to give all proceeds from tonight’s game to the Thames Valley Adventure Playground Charity.
The Thames Valley Adventure Playground has provided a chance for children & adults with special needs to enjoy the fun and freedom afforded by the opportunity to play and share in a safe and stimulating environment. With running costs for the facility now in excess of £350,000 a year, and with as little as 5% of their income coming from local authority grants, financial help is their most urgent requirement, we were only too happy to help with both sets of players contributing, raising a respectable £170.