Hawarden Veterans played out an exciting charity game against a Wrexham Legends team last month.
The Vets have been instrumental in supporting the construction of a new stand at Gladstone Playing Fields in Hawarden. The imminent fixture against the Wrexham Legends prompted the opening ceremony.
The Welsh FA has worked closely with Hawarden to enable fundraising and grant donations to cover the costs of the stand and the groundwork. Steve Williams, the President of the WFA, had also supported the quest to ensure the ground complies with tier-three requirements.
The Hawarden Rangers raised the balance of the funds required by holding raffles and offering seat sponsorship. Mr Williams and Lyn Owen officiated the official opening of the 100-seater stand.
The game attracted a bumper crowd of over 350 spectators and was a thriller from start to finish.
The Vets started brightly, but the Wrexham Legends boasted a host of ex-professionals and some League of Wales players still plying their trade at a decent standard of football. Hawarden were always going to find it challenging and were guilty of overplaying at times. Especially with the Legends’ intelligence catching them out a few times.
It was 1-1 at halftime as mascots for the game Hawarden U8s and Hawarden U7s girls showcased their skills and promise for the future.
The Vets dominated the second half, but the Legends never gave up and found a winner two minutes from time when the promising 18-year-old, Josh Jones, son of ex-Wrexham player Lee Jones, ran through and rolled the ball home to take the spoils. Final score Hawarden Vets 2 Wrexham Legends 3.
It was a fantastic match. Hawarden would like to extend a massive thank-you to everyone that sponsored them, came to watch and donated prizes.
Pictures are courtesy of Brian Prydden Photography.
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