Troops show strength in charity match

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INJURED troops’ appeal Help for Heroes is set to receive a £1,500 donation after a charity football match on playing fields at a South Yorkshire college.

Organiser Matthew Moore, aged 19, had put together a team of friends from around the Rotherham area, aged from 17 to 40, to play against soldiers from 1 CS Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The troops stormed to an 8-1 victory in the game, played at Dearne Valley College, Wath upon Dearne.

But Matthew, from Hoyland and a student at the college, said: “Our team was put together for the event, only meeting twice prior to the event.

“Their team consisted of players who play three times a week for their battalion football team.”

“I used the event as a target as I have been injured since January with a torn knee ligament, damaged knee cartilage and damaged hamstring. The event is one of the first times I have been able to run, as I only came off crutches five weeks ago and I am still attending physio sessions at Barnsley Hospital.”

After the game, the players from both teams moved to the Fitzwilliam Arms pub, Elsecar, where food, a private bar and function room was donated and a raffle was held.