Charity Match: County Supporters v Ex County X1

Edgeley Park was bathed in warm sunshine today  as a County Supporters team took on one of ex County players in aid of Breast Cancer Charity `Genesis`.
The Officials.

A crowd of over 200 saw a decent match , and although the ex players ran out 9-2 winners ,much credit accrued to the supporters outfit who battled long and hard to keep the arrears down to a manageable level. Overall considering some of the names in the players line up, it was a top draw effort !
Matt Glennon guested for the supporters , but there was nothing he could do 10 minutes in ,as Paul Ennis squeaked his shot in from an acute angle.

Chris Williams on charge......

With Chris Williams and Ennis in lively form, the supporters had their work cut out to keep them out, but keep them out they did ,and they mounted more than the odd raid themselves . This solid resistance lasted until the half hour mark when Matt Broadhead scored from the spot for the players. I must say I would not have given that one, but it mattered not and within a couple of minutes the players scored again through Williams after neat work by Ennis and Broadhead had set it up.

First Half Action.

The Supporters rallied after this and Lee Jones the players keeper did well to deny them . Glennon at the other end did well too keeping a shot from Williams out, but nearing the break, he could only parry Ennis`s effort ,which teed Williams up for his second which he put away coolly!

Supporters work hard.

The last few minutes of the half saw the Supporters on the charge and Jones did really well to keep a strike by Matt Edwards out with his legs. The keeper then looked all at sea next as a beautiful ball from Josh Gittings sent Edwards through again. It was a definite chance but he dwelt on the ball a tad too long and that was all Mike Flynn needed to get the blocking tackle in.

More action.....

4-0 at half time quickly became 5-0 when Ennis drilled the ball home to double his personal tally, and then six as this time Ennis lobbed the keeper from outside the box.
This was a shame because the Supporters had been pressing a bit before this and the number 6 rattled the angle of bar and post with one snorter. But some reward came their way as another one from distance, from Damian Kirkman, gave the redoubtable Jones no chance.

Damian Kirkman after netting a belter!!

The pace was slowing a bit now , but  the players team  were  not letting up on the drive for goals , and a tasty cross shot from Ennis made it 7-1 just after the hour mark.
The supporters again rallied but Jason Taylor was a veritable rock and did well to deny Gittings, and Jones was called on again to pull a decent save out to stop Damian Kirkman from adding to his goal tally, but on the break they were punished as a neat move involving Ennis and Tansey saw Williams dink one over the diving Glennon to make it 8-1.

Gittings on the ball.

Loads of hard graft followed from both sides who deserved credit in the warm conditions, and it was good to see the Supporters get another ,with less than 10 minutes left. It fell to Des Hinks  who made no mistake from close in.

Hinks about to score!

Again the Supporters pressed after the goal, but they couldn`t get another , and some dazzling work from Williams  ended with him firing a decent finish past Glennon to make it 9-2.
End of game?!
Not into the dying embers we went with the Supporters pressing again and winning a penalty, but Hinks put this wide and 9-2 it stayed.
Fare result.... decent notch entertainment.

Well done one and all!

Supporters team( inc sub);
Matt Glennon, Matt Edwards, Paul Sanderson, Rob Reckless, Ian Gardner,Ian Worthington,Damian Kirkman,Scott Waters, Neil Toft, Josh Gittings, John Tallentine, Des Hinks, Lewis Simpson

Players team;

Lee Jones, Ali Gibb, Mike Flynn, Jason Taylor, Paul Turnbull,Chris Williams, Greg Tansey, Paul Ennis,Neil Ross, Sean Williams, Jamie Kay, Matt Broadhead.

Footnote.  Apologies for any incorrect names or omissions, but  I will edit and correct if advised .

Ian Brown

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