Legends from Holbeach United and Moulton Harrox raise funds for the British Heart Foundation
Footballing legends from Holbeach United and Moulton Harrox rolled back the years in a special charity event at Carter's Park on Sunday afternoon.
Although Harrox ran out 5-2 victors over the Tigers, the real winners on the day was the organisers of the inaugural event and the British Heart Foundation who reaped the proceeds with more than being £1,500 being raised.
A crowd of close to 200 watched an entertaining contest where the more youthful Harrox side had the edge over their seasoned Holbeach counterparts.
The day was organised by Moulton co-boss Bobby Patterson who is running the London Marathon later this year in memory of his mum Margaret who passed away in 2010.
He not only achieved his goal of raising more funds for the charity but also found the target on the pitch with the third goal of Moulton's haul.
Patterson thanked everyone for attending the event, the players and officials, hosts Holbeach United and also praised Alan 'Lefty' Wright and Tim Cole for all their help and support.
An entertaining first half of the contest saw Jonny Allen see early penalty appeals turned down for the hosts while Steve Appleby saw his well-struck effort tipped to safety by Moulton goalkeeper Wayne Wilding.
The deadlock was then broken as Martin Sandall's clever lay-off found Danny Cairns who steered his shot past the advancing Kevin Cross.
Holbeach thought they had levelled when Mickey Nuttell's cross picked out Andrew Stanhope whose low drive was goalbound, however, it was touched home on the line by Steve Barnes who was adjudged to be offside.
And Moulton made the most of the situation by doubling their lead as Teddy Paling teed up Ian Bradbury to score their second goal.
Darren Cundy then fired an effort over for the Tigers while Wilding again did well to keep out a free-kick from Barnes.
Harrox could have added a third before the break as Sandall struck the post after rounding the keeper with Bradbury putting the rebound over the crossbar.
The Tigers continued to look for a way back into the contest after the break and Barnes was agonisingly close with an audacious effort with the outside of his boot which went narrowly wide.
An acrobatic effort from Allen was blocked after a strong run from Jamie Stevens while Barnes was again thwarted by Wilding.
Patterson then put Moulton three goals ahead with a controlled finish after John Ball had broken the offside trap to provide the assist.
Holbeach did reduce the arrears when Barnes sent Wilding the wrong way from the penalty spot after Stevens had taken a tumble in the box.
However, Harrox soon restored their three-goal advantage as Ian Locke and Steve Sinfield combined for Darren Earth to score.
Locke then provided the pass for Moulton's fifth goal which was scored by Sandall before Holbeach were awarded another penalty for hand-ball which Martyn Cundy confidently converted to round off a fine afternoon.
The event was sponsored by Coronation Bars who donated the Legends Charity Shield and awarded the man of the match accolade to Moulton's Chris Hall.
Holbeach: Cross, Hepburn, Hussey, Elston, Keeble, Stanhope, Appleby, Nuttell, S Barnes, Stevens, Langfield, Warfield, Allen, D Cundy, M Cundy, Callaby. Manager: P Barnes.
Moulton: Wilding, Sinfield, Williams, Earth, Ball, Cairns, Groves, Bradbury, Townsend, Patterson, Paling, Hall, Locke, Couzens, Grummit, Relf, Watkin, Kingman, Price, Braybrook. Manager: P Crowson.