Charity match raises ï¿½290 for soldiersâ€™ charity
A CHARITY football match organised by a Bideford teenager has raised ï¿½290 for the Help for Heroes soldiersâ€™ charity.
Sundayâ€™s match between 16-year-old Warren Donahueâ€™s team of Young Guns and a side from Bidefordâ€™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 â€“ and having three attempts cleared off the Asda goal line â€“ the teenagers were unable to find a winner.
Anchor Chiefs manager Mick Tattersall â€“ who helped Warren with kits, nets, flags and first aid â€“ said local school IT supplier EduTech IT Ltd generously matched the money raised on the day.
â€œWhat a great game of football for a great cause,â€ he said.
â€œI would like to thank all the young lads for giving it everything they had and to Asda for putting up such a great fight.
â€œA re-match is on the cards next time in aid of Asdaâ€™s charity Northam Lodge. â€œThanks 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.â€
ABOVE Players and referees are picture together before kick-off.
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