Fundraising game helps to raise £350

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The annual Twins With SMA Trophy match took place between Christmas and New Year.

In the game, Belper All Stars were beaten 5-2 by George & Dragon at Whitemoor.

The first half was a very competitive affair with both sides looking dangerous.

The George & Dragon broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when Chris Dring curled the ball into the bottom corner past Matt Magill.

The lead was almost doubled shortly after when Luke Burman struck a free kick from 25 yards against the post.

On the stroke of half-time, the All Stars equalised. Neat play on the edge of the area from Richard Tomlinson found Josh Squires, who drilled the ball passed Scott Whittingham.

Within ten minutes of the restart, Joe Wheeler found himself through on goal and finished coolly to restore the George’s lead.

For the next ten minutes, the George were thankful to goalkeeper Dan Newton, who pulled off a number of fine saves from Ryan Walters, Tom Leighton and Paul Robinson.

In response, the George hit back by doubling their lead through Joe Wheeler.

In the last minutes of the game, the George scored two goals with substitute Adam Bannister getting them both.

With seconds remaining, Ryan Walters scored an indirect free kick as a consolation for the All Stars.

After the match, both sides were entertained at The George & Dragon with food, a raffle and other games.

The George & Dragon were presented with the trophy by the organisers Shaun Bestwick and David Kinder, while the father of the twins, Ian Bolton, awarded man of the match award to Joe Wheeler.

The day raised £350 for the charity Twins With SMA, which was set up for local twins Sam and Alex Bolton, born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular condition causing weakness of the muscles, and the match has become an annual part of the sporting calendar.

Organiser Shaun Bestwick and David Kinder said: “We would like to thank Craig Tennick at The George & Dragon pub for the food and facilities after, as well as Dan Newton for organising the opposition for the match and Gemma Robinson for all her after-match efforts.”