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January 2nd 2020

A charity football game has raised more than £800 for a good cause through its annual Christmas edition.

Selby Hands of Hope (SHOH) and Malt Shovel played the entertaining, five-goal thriller won by the charity’s team 3-2, at Selby Town’s Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. A total of £865.75 was raised for Children with Cancer UK and Selby Hands of Hope.

The two teams raised funds through players subs, a raffle, and sponsors.

Over 100 people turned out to watch the match, and were treated to a great game of football.

Malt Shovel took the lead when Richard Gladwell curled home a free kick with SHOH quickly drawing level through Dan Smith.

The game was end to end and Malt Shovel re-took the lead when Steve Shooter tapped home a Dave Reasbeck cross, but back came SHOH and they levelled things up before halftime through a Shane Forrest header.

Numerous changed were made by both sides throughout the game and it was SHOH who took control when a Dean Wood corner sailed straight in, then Dan Smith grabbed his second.

Shovel created and missed some good chances before Chris Harkin struck with a free kick but they couldn’t find an equaliser.

It was SHOH Captain Rich Singh who picked up the trophy for his side.

The amount raised will be split between the children’s charity and SHOH.

The game has taken place every year since 2011. It is now played in memory of Wendy Singh, SHOH founder, and Tommy Dixon, who was instrumental in local football.

Now, both Richard Singh, Wendy’s son and SHOH chairman, and Craig Hewitt, Mr Dixon’s grandson, take part and play every year.

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