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Thu 24 November 2016
A Thursday night bit of fun for a small group of 12 from various McCartneys offices raises £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Craven Arms Community Centre played host to the first McCartneys charity 5 a-side football night on Thursday 17th November. The aims were simple, to raise as much money for Macmillan Cancer Support as possible, not do too much damage to our bodies and get to the post match sausage and chips before Head of IT, Mark Fish, did.
The night started with the Community Centre not having an actual ball which is obviously a key part of any game of football but we managed to find one at the 11th hour. The game was again thrown into jeopardy during the warm up as someone’s clinical finishing led to the ball being stuck behind the basketball board, you couldn’t help but think it was going to be a long night…
The ball eventually came back down and the teams were picked, Mark tried to split the teams evenly so each team had equal amounts of ‘veterans’ and ‘whippersnappers’. Satisfied with the teams the game began at a slow tempo as no one wanted to commit too early and have to be the first one to use the defibrillator. Eventually, one by one everyone started to let themselves go and release their inner Cristiano Ronaldo. Jeff Williams representing the Builth Wells office made countless marauding runs down the right and gave a master class in keeping it simple. His crosses were often met by Matthew Kelly’s right boot, as the company accountant rolled back the years to show us all his goal scoring prowess.
Simon Edwards of Brecon Survey was adamant of playing the long ball game as he hoofed ball after ball in the roofing above. Young Accounts Assistant, Ben Morgan tried to counteract this by showing a delightful range of passing, clearly enjoying being back in his hometown community centre. Jake Best as you would expect showed great energy in the middle of the park, winning the ball back and sending his team on the break time and time again.
It was turning into a tight game as both teams seemed to concede just after they had scored, bodies were beginning to be put on the line as both Matthew Kelly and Richard Probert found out just how hard brick walls are. Jeff Williams was prepared to put both his male pride and his knee caps on the line as he took a questionable dive after minimal contact, anything for the cause.
The pressure began to show as Rob Fearnley of the Hay office showed his desire for us to host a charity Basketball game as he ballooned 4 consecutive shots onto the basketball board. One who was not for flustering was Dean Morris from the Tenbury office who showed composure of the highest level at all times. Print room chief, Rob Phillips showed Gareth Southgate what he has been missing as he scorched the flooring down the left wing numerous times creating and scoring many chances.
We were well into the dying embers of the game when someone bellowed the infamous saying in five a side football, ‘NEXT GOAL WINS’. Without a second thought Ben Morgan picked up the ball just outside his own area, looked up and curled a wonder shot into the bottom corner, leaving Rob Fearnley motionless in the opposition goal. A great goal which capped off an even better night.
Luckily there were no antics in the shower, although Mark did pull out a Mankini at one point which could have sent the night in a completely different direction. We all headed to local pub, The Stokesay Inn, for some well-deserved Sausage and chips and of course a few alcoholic beverages.
The morning after wasn’t so pleasant for some of the golden oldies as anyone who was at The Ox Pasture on Friday morning would have seen Matthew Kelly moving very gingerly and some cowardly souls were thus poking fun at him. But I’m sure he agrees it was all worth it, ay Matthew?
Roll on next time!!
Written by Ben Morgan - Accounts Assistant at The Ox Pasture.