Footballers hoping to net £3,000 for charity
LOCAL footballers were on the ball for a memorial match at Blundell Park to raise much-needed funds for charity.
The fifth annual Pete Smith/Ian Ashworth Memorial Trophy between Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League sides SW Steelers and AA Property New Waltham helped to raise what organisers hope will add up to more than £3,000.
The money will be split between two local charities – Women's Aid and When You Wish Upon a Star.
As reported, the match was held in memory of two men who had links to the respective clubs.
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Former Steelers player Ian Ashworth, of Grimsby, died in September 2008, aged 36, from a brain tumour two weeks before he was due to marry.
Pete Smith, a former AA Property manager, died on New Year's Day 2007 following a heart attack, aged 54.
Steve West, joint manager of SW Steelers and organiser of the annual event, said: "This is the fifth year that we have held the event. It is always a great day and we raise a bit of money for charity which is the main thing.
"They are always well supported games and today has been no different.
"It is just our way of remembering the two lads by doing something they would have really enjoyed – I think we've done them proud again."
Two matches were played – the first between Ashy's Masters – a team made up of Ian's former team-mates – and Laceby Acres.
Ashy's Masters ran out 4-2 winners with goals from Paul Cole, a penalty from Jordan Ashworth – Ian's son – and a brace from Glynn Benbow.
Callum Smith and Andrew Garland replied for the Laceby side.
In the main game, SW Steelers won 4-0 thanks to goals from Nick Rook, Luke Borrill and David German who bagged two.
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