Last week Twyford Comets welcomed Dutch team R.K.U.V.C Ulestraten to Twyford for the 40th Dutch Tour!
Throughout the Tour both teams and adults were involved in several events which included the following:
Mini Mix Tournament which saw both teams and help from other siblings split into mixed teams and play a number of small sided football matches. The winners on the day were team Chelsea. This was followed by a buffet lunch at Stanlake Meadow provided by the parents of the Twyford Comets Reds Team
Saturday afternoon we went to Reading FC to watch their match against Bristol City. Reading FC were extremely welcoming by letting Dutch team players go onto the pitch and wave flags as the players of both Reading FC and Bristol City entered the pitch. A good win for Reading FC 2-0 against Bristol City
Friendly Match against Twyford Comets Blacks, a very wet day and a tough match for Twyford Comets which saw R.K.U.V.C Ulestraten win the match
After the Friendly match the Dutch players and parents along with some Twyford Comets players and parents went to Thorpe Park for the afternoon. It was good to see the sun shining in the afternoon following the down poor we had in the morning
Monday we visited London parking the coach outside New Scotland Yard. We walked around London seeing Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar and Leicester Square with some shopping in between at Hamleys and JD Sports
Tuesday, Dutch players and adults and went back off to London for a tour of Chelsea Stadium followed by swimming at Coral Reef Leisure Centre in Bracknell
Then the time came for the Cup Match on Tuesday evening at Binfield FC. Kick off was 7:30pm and the game was very balanced. Twyford Comets scored the first goal and put us 1-0 up. This was then follwed by 2 goals from R.K.U.V.C Ulestraten ending the first half 2-1 to the Dutch team. After a half time chat in the changing rooms both teams were ready for the 2nd half. Twyford Comets were able to come back with and equaliser ending the match 2-2. The decision was then made to go into extra time 10 minutes each way, both teams getting very tired at this point. R.K.U.V.C were able to score a fantastic goal in extra time finally ending the match 3-2 win to R.K.U.V.C Ulestraten. Both teams worked extremely hard and never gave up once a really close game.
A massive thank you to Resh, Andy, Gareth, Deano and all the players and parents who made the 40th Dutch Tour a fantastic experience for all!
Twyford Comets will be returning in May 2023 to bring the Cup back home !