Festive fixture for Matt’s fund

Picture by Ray Todd
Picture by Ray Todd

A bumper crowd turned out at Fenley Field on Boxing Day to see an Old Laurentian XV do battle with a team raised by Scott Whyment of The Merchants Inn in a game staged to support The Matt Hampson Foundation.

Matt was paralysed from the neck down in a scrummage accident when training for the England Under 20 team back in 2005 and has dedicated his life since to supporting and raising funds for young people seriously injured in sport.

A prize raffle was held with the list of prizes supplemented by some very attractive rugby memorabilia supplied by the Foundation and, thanks to the generous support of spectators and players, over £500 was raised.

The Old Laurentian XV consisted of a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd team players; and the Merchants team contained some OL exiles, some veterans returning to action and a sprinkling of Newbold players, the latter looking very comfortable in OL jerseys!

The game was open and surprisingly competitive with both teams out for the win. It was claimed by the OL XV with a late try that saw them clinch victory by 27 points to 22.

Rich Hughes was the immaculately impartial referee and earned the grateful thanks of players and spectators alike when he blew for full time just seconds before the heavens opened with a serious downpour!

This Saturday sees OLs returning to serious action in the league when they travel to 4th placed Kidderminster, looking to deprive them of their unbeaten home record this season. The first game between the sides, at Fenley Field in September, finished in a comfortable 36-12 win for OLs, but they fully expect to face a much tougher task on Kidderminster’s home turf.