Sunday, 16 January 2011

Ashley Wakelin Memorial Charity Football Match

Sunday 16th January at Eastwood Town FC Wakelin's Raver Babies v Eastwood/Forest Legends / Bilborough United

 

Well publicised Charity event - unfortunately our visit was cut short due to my head-cold not enjoying the torrential downpour that began as the second 45 minute game kicked off.

Admission was a donation of £3 - this was to go towards a memorial bench at Wollaton Park, with any remainder going towards charities of Ashley's Mum and Dad's choice - Cruse Bereavement Trust and Compassionate Friends.



The line-ups were kindly supplied by Simon Matters ( Radford FC) and although only a handful of ex-Forest stars turned out, they blended well with the ex-Eastwood legends and gave the Raver Babies a fair old runaround!

Forest/Eastwood : Mark Frost ( Darren Hayes), Lee Whittington, Laurie Wilson, Kelvin Mushambi, Gary Breach, Paul Gould, Gary Charles, Richard Smith, Nigel Jemson, Bryn Gunn, Laurie Duffield.

Wakelin's Raver Babies : Richard Kelly ( Danny Bryant), Dave Seymour, Adam Sadler, Ant Watkinson, Sam Barker, Robert Robertson, Wayne Smith, Eddie Ball, Ryan McKeag, Rob Ormsby, Sam Cresswell. Subs: Joe Morley, Ben Greenhalgh, Lee Stevenson, Neil McKay, James Kingswood, Craig Wakelin.


Bilborough United : John Tuckwood, Gary Richardson, Keith Ashton, John Harrison, Patrick McShane, Alex Bamford, Ben Waplington, Robert Poku, Brian Wheeldon, Ervin Wallace, Grant Hughes. Subs: Paul Manning, Dean Seymour
There was a minutes applause in before kick off in Ashley's memory, then Ash's mum and dad were presented with Ashley's no. 6 Bilborough United shirt, United having retired the number as a tribute to Ashley.

















TV cameras were present, along with all sorts of press photographers and other snappers ... going to be a fair few pics on facebook later, no doubt!

The legends had too much for their opponents and were ahead after only five minutes had been played. Gary Breach picking out NIGEL JEMSON who controlled superbly before volleying past Kelley. LAURIE DUFFIELD added the second on 12, firing home from the edge of the box. An attempted pass back to Kelley after 26 was intercepted by LEE WHITTINGTON and the striker made no mistake with his placement. It was 4-0 after 32 minutes, Jemson picking out KELVIN MUSHAMBI a couple of yards from goal, and "Mushie" is not going to miss from there!


DUFFIELD was on the mark again on the half hour, again Jemson the provider. Duffield returned the favour with one minute of the half remaining, JEMSON delicately lobbing Kelley to make the final score of this part of the proceedings 6-0.

With the rainfall increasing, we moved to the Chewton Street end, and had the pleasure of seeing Danny Bryant between the Coronation Park sticks again. Brought back a few memories, as did the superb tip over just a few minutes into the half. Unfortunately from the resultant corner, the Bilborough no.17 flicked the ball home at the near post.

Eastwood's No.1 !!
Goal !!
After this goal was scored, the heavens really opened and we decided to call it a day. Great tribute to Ashley - and the turnout was superb.

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