The first-ever Silverswan Homes Charity Cup football match in aid of Mid Essex Hospitals Charity ended in a dramatic penalty shootout as over £2,200 was raised towards event organiser Tom Wright's 2020 London Marathon target.
With the scores level at 6-6 after an intense 90 minutes at Stock FC, Tommy’s Tip Top Team claimed the Silverswan cup after triumphing 4-3 in a penalty shootout against Billy’s Boys.
Tommy’s Tip Top Team opened up a 4-1 lead before being pegged back to 4-3 at half-time.
The game slowed in the second half as the 25⁰c heat began to take its toll on some of the more experienced players as Billy’s Boys fought back to be all-square at full-time.
After Billy’s Boys blasted two of their spot-kicks wide in the shootout, Tommy’s captain Tom Wright stepped up to side-foot home the game-clinching penalty.
Jamie Baker was named man of the match, with Steve Shelley claiming the match ball after netting a four for the losing side.
Following the game, the players and spectators enjoyed a barbecue and drinks and took part in fundraising challenges including nearest the pin golf and foot pong.
There was also entertainment from singer Holly Heard and a raffle.
Event co-organiser Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator for Mid Essex Hospitals, said: “It’s been a brilliant day, it was great to have so many families here and everyone had a really great time.
“The football match was really competitive and all the players gave everything despite the hot weather.
“I’d like to thank Silverswan Homes and MKM Building Supplies for sponsoring the game, along with Bakers Labels and A&M Tiles, Dandelion and Burdock for providing tea, coffee and sandwiches, the Suffolk Horsebox Bar team, and our photographer Summer Osbourne. There were also a number of local businesses who donated great raffle prizes.
“It’s been so good to get out in the community and spread the word about all the crucial work that goes on at the hospital. We look forward to doing it all again next year.”
The Just Giving page of winning captain Tom Wright is still open for donations towards his London Marathon 2020 fundraising. Go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-wright-10