Charity match raises £290 for soldiers’ charity

A CHARITY football match organised by a Bideford teenager has raised £290 for the Help for Heroes soldiers’ charity.

Sunday’s match between 16-year-old Warren Donahue’s team of Young Guns and a side from Bideford’s Asda supermarket finished 1-1.

After cracking one off the crossbar in the first minute, the crowd at Victoria Park probably thought the youngsters were going to make a clean sweep of their supermarket opposition.

Both teams settled into the game and played some great football, but it was 16-year-old up and coming Anchor Chiefs striker Matt Nailor who opened the scoring on 25 minutes.

Asda managed to scramble a goal back to equalise on the half hour but despite dominating much of the second period – and having three attempts cleared off the Asda goal line – the teenagers were unable to find a winner.

Anchor Chiefs manager Mick Tattersall – who helped Warren with kits, nets, flags and first aid – said local school IT supplier EduTech IT Ltd generously matched the money raised on the day.

“What a great game of football for a great cause,” he said.

“I would like to thank all the young lads for giving it everything they had and to Asda for putting up such a great fight.

“A re-match is on the cards next time in aid of Asda’s charity Northam Lodge. “Thanks to the three referees, Andy Walter, Tony Butler and Rob Clark, and also to all those that came out to watch and donate some money to a great cause.”

ABOVE Players and referees are picture together before kick-off.