Fundraising reunion game
Hillmorton Veterans 1
(mostly under 46!) Old Boys 3
SOME 28 years after they first met in the 1984 Under 16s Linnett Cup Final, history repeated itself as Daventry United beat Hillmorton in the Alan Haynes Memorial Reunion Veterans Football challenge.
Alan coached the successful Daventry United junior football team in the 1980s, and since he died in 2007, members of his team commemorate the important part he played in their lives by getting together every year to play a ‘friendly veterans’ match in his honour.
This year’s game was kindly hosted at Rugby Town Juniors FC where players and spectators generously raised over £300 for the Rugby Legacy Centre project so that more people can benefit from the dedication of volunteers like Alan and get involved with a sports club.
A tight opening half hour saw both veteran teams evenly matched, but Paul Anderson broke the deadlock by stabbing home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Daventry extended their lead before half-time as Darren Jones rolled back the years to power home a header from a corner.
Introducing some youth into the side to ease tired old legs in the second half, Jack Malone broke clear midway through the half to put the result beyond doubt before Kamil Rzeutek grabbed a late Hillmorton consolation with a clever chip.
A fine game played in the exactly the right spirit by all players and expertly refereed by Darrell Harris - a fitting tribute to the memory of Alan Haynes.
Hillmorton: Paul Hollins, Matthew Crosby, Alan O’Toole, Martyn Storley, Chris Obrein, Joe Obrein, Ruari Obrein, Daniel Hollins, Denis Page, Stuart Clarke, Adam Seal, Tom Carey, Alan Wargacz, Kamil Rzeutek.
Daventry: Andy O’Keeffe, Ray Sheridan, Jason Mills, Darren Jones, Daren James, Chris Irons, Ian Macdonnell, Ian Smith, Richard Haynes, Neal Malone, Paul Anderson, Mark Jameson, Karl Jones, Lloyd Roberts (sr), Lloyd Roberts (jr), Jon Print, Louie Mills, Harvey Mills, Harriet Crossley, Jack Malone, Aiden Print, Sam Jones, Max Cook, Joe Corney.