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Words and pictures: Teams go toe-to-toe in hard-fought charity football competition in memory of Balderton publican's son




Twenty-four teams battled it out in a hard-fought charity six-a-side football tournament.

It was the largest number of teams to take part in the annual event.

The action happened at the Magnus Sports Centre, Newark, on Saturday and raised money for the Children's Bereavement Centre.

Grove B (in yellow) v Fireman Sam's. 060719DC1-1 (13519833)
Grove B (in yellow) v Fireman Sam's. 060719DC1-1 (13519833)

Each year, the event raises money in the name of a poorly child and takes the name of that child.

However, this year, it raised money for the Newark-based centre, which supported the children of a Balderton publican after their young sibling died suddenly.

Blue Castle (in blue) v Staropramen (13519844)
Blue Castle (in blue) v Staropramen (13519844)

Rob Andrews, landlord of The Grove, was a player in one of four teams the Balderton pub entered into the competition.

It was Rob's son Samuel who passed away.

The Samuel Andrews Trophy Cup was presented to Mr Andrews after the final whistle and will be displayed in the pub.

AFC Golden Eagle (in blue and white) put a goal past Old Boys. 060719DC1-2 (13519837)
AFC Golden Eagle (in blue and white) put a goal past Old Boys. 060719DC1-2 (13519837)

The competition, in which no quarter was asked or given, was won by Rushton's B, Lincoln.

Many of the players were from Newark's Saturday or Sunday footballing sides.

Witham A (in blue) v Lincoln Reserves. 060719DC1-15 (13519864)
Witham A (in blue) v Lincoln Reserves. 060719DC1-15 (13519864)

Organiser Matthew Ash said: "I thought it was brilliant.

"Obviously, it rained on Saturday morning, which put off some of the stallholders, but the players handled it brilliantly.

"They got their heads down and got on with it.

The Staropramen team. 060719DC1-7 (13519846)
The Staropramen team. 060719DC1-7 (13519846)

"Twenty-four teams is the most that we have had and they came from all over the Newark area and from Grantham and Lincoln. I believe there was one from Nottingham.

The Poker Stars team. 060719DC1-3 (13519842)
The Poker Stars team. 060719DC1-3 (13519842)

"The standard was was decent. The sides took things seriously. It was sometimes a matter of reminding them that it was for charity. Teams wanted to win.

"The competition will definitely be returning next year.

Average Joe's v Newark Advertiser. 060719DC1-8 (13519853)
Average Joe's v Newark Advertiser. 060719DC1-8 (13519853)

Each player paid £5 to participate and, in all, the event raised £1,285 for the charity.

The Advertiser's Connor Thompson in action against Average Joe's. 060719DC1-11 (13519857)
The Advertiser's Connor Thompson in action against Average Joe's. 060719DC1-11 (13519857)

The Advertiser's team of Connor Thompson, Matthew Buck, Fraser Hallam, Mason Love, Sam Bartle, Ryan Blankley, Harry Brown and Dan Churcher exited after the quarter final stage.

Newark Advertiser v Average Joe's. 060719DC1-12 (13519862)
Newark Advertiser v Average Joe's. 060719DC1-12 (13519862)

Radio Newark is running its #quidsforkids promotion on Friday for the Children’s Bereavement Centre ­— its chosen charity for 2019.

Matt Colbourne, Radio Newark’s Breakfast Show co-host, said: “We’re calling on schools, businesses and even individuals to join in and help make #quidsforkids a huge success.”

Participants need only bring £1 to support the centre or organise, or take part in, an activity or event of their choice.

“It could be a non-uniform or fancy dress day at school or at work or you could brush up your baking skills and have a bake-off with friends and family,” added co-host Vicky Cozens.

Rachel Wilson, fundraising manager at the Children’s Bereavement Centre said “Bringing everyone’s different fundraising ideas together into one day to raise funds and awareness of the charity and the vital services we provide is a fantastic idea from Radio Newark."

Presenters from Radio Newark will be getting as many participants as possible on the airwaves.

For more information, call 01636 550333 or go to www.radionewark.co.uk and click on Quids For Kids to register.


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