Winster legends line up for charity encounter

Pictured are the over-30s (in yellow), including ex-Chesterfield star Jack Lester (front row, third from left), and the under-30s before kick-off in their charity fixture.
Pictured are the over-30s (in yellow), including ex-Chesterfield star Jack Lester (front row, third from left), and the under-30s before kick-off in their charity fixture.
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Winster footballers from past and present were in action on Saturday as they took part in the inaugural Jonathan Harper Charity Shield.

The match saw a team of over-30s line-up against their under-30 team mates, and saw a surprise return to action for recently departed Chesterfield centre-forward Jack Lester.

He lined up alongside several returning Winster legends including Martin Carson, Danny Gray and Rob Townsend.

And as the over-30s were getting re-acquianted, the younger generation took the early advantage when Antony Porter guided in a well-taken strike from distance.

But any under-30 celebrations were short lived as the over-30s began to show similar bite and shortly after Simon Percival had gone close, his fellow strike partner Lester marked his Winster debut with a predatory near post header to level the scoreline at 1-1.

Although continuing to share opportunities throughout the half, it was the under-30s who re-took the lead ten minutes before the interval when, following a flowing move, Porter showed an ability to also finish from close range.

As the second-half took shape, it continued to be an absorbing fixture and the under-30s took a 3-1 lead through a clinical finish from James Holmes, yet just as there seemed daylight between the two sides, Lester was gifted an opportunity by the opposing keeper Matt Rhodes to unleash a thunderous 20-yard strike and pull back the deficit to one goal.

In what continued to be a game of great goals, Porter was to add another contender with his hat-trick strike, before Rhodes redeemed his earlier error to deny Lester his third with a fine penalty save.

At 4-2 and in the last minutes of the game, the Under 30s had just enough time to unleash their own Lester goal machine as Billy Lester fired in from the tightest of angles, adding a little extra gloss to the 5-2 scoreline.

Amongst the many goals and a well-supported fixture, £280 was raised for DLRAA and Winster FC.