Players do their bit to raise £450

Action from the annual charity football match between Ambergate FC (yellow and black stripes) and Belper All Stars (red and white stripes), played to raise money for the charity 'Twins with SMA'.
Action from the annual charity football match between Ambergate FC (yellow and black stripes) and Belper All Stars (red and white stripes), played to raise money for the charity 'Twins with SMA'.

AMBERGATE FC took a break from competitive action to compete in a charity football game last week.

They beat a Belper All Stars side 3-2 in a game played at Heage’s Thomas William Recreation Ground to raise funds for local youngsters Alex and Sam Bolton and the charity Twins With SMA.

The SMA Cup is an annual charity event to raise money for the six-year-olds as they battle SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), a nerve-wasting condition that weakens muscles.

Last year’s winners Belper All Stars were beaten thanks to goals from Andrew Stevenson (two) and Shaun Bestwick, with Paul Robinson and Tommy Leighton as the All Stars’ scorers.

The man of the match award went to Ambergate’s goakeeper Jason Hooley for his first half display.

After the game, the players and supporters went to the Greyhound in Belper for food and drinks.

There, a raffle took place, and a quiz compiled by Dave Kinder, as well as pool and entertainment from DJ Ali Worth.

A great day was had by all and over £450 was raised. Special thanks go to Tim Turner from the Greyhound, Barry Elmore for refereeing and Jim Power of trophy sponsor Power Electrical.

For more on the charity, go to twinswithsma.co.uk.