Charity football match honours memory of Neil Dalton

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A truly heart-warming afternoon at the Marston’s Stadium resulted in a terrific football match between two football clubs that the late Neil Dalton represented throughout his life.

A Belper United XI hosted Newcastle Medics FC in a charity football match, which saw more than £4,000 raised for the Anthony Nolan Trust.

The game begin at a lively pace as the two sides sought the early initiative.

An early chance for Tim Fry after 11 minutes went close to opening the scoring,as the winger cut inside and fired his shot across goal, only for his effort to sneak two yards wide of the post.

Dave Edwards then came close with a stunning free-kick from 35 yards as his blistering drive rose inches above the cross bar with the goalkeeper beaten.

It was the home side who took the lead on the 18th minute through poacher Ben Hawkins.

The ball was played neatly into his path as he engineered a yard of space with a clever shimmy on the edge of the box.

Hawkins then deftly placed his side footed effort into the left hand corner, despite the goalkeeper getting his finger tips to the ball.

The game was well balanced for the remainder of the first half with both sides coming close and creating decent opportunities.

The visitors got their equaliser on 64 minutes through the dangerous Guy Hindley. United initially cleared the danger well through Slater until the ball was sent back in to the box by Luke Spray from the right hand side.

Hindley then reacted first to bullet his header at the far post into the corner to ensure a grandstand finale between two well matched sides.

The Medics then turned the game on its head to swing the pendulum in their favour with 10 minutes remaining.

Josh Batham took a good first touch and sprayed the ball into the path of Chris Holt. Holt then cut the ball onto his favourite right foot, where his composed strike saw the ball sway into the left hand corner.

The Medics then killed the game on the 85th minute after an inspiring run by Spray down the right hand side saw a perfectly weighted cross reach the head of Batham, who coolly steered his header beyond Kington, leaving Belper with too little time to respond.

Chris Holt came close to making it four in added time with a close range effort, only for Kington to pull off a fantastic save, palming the ball off the line.

The day was rounded off with celebrations on the pitch and in the bar as the legacy of Neil Dalton continues its strong hold.