The sun was shining on Berkhamsted FC’s Broadwater Stadium as BSFL sides Apsley Athletic and Palace FC battled it out in a charity match to raise money for Athletic club sponsors Heroes Children Fund.
The day involved a host of activities including two raffles, a cake sale and a beat the keeper hosted by former Watford and England U21 keeper Scott Loach, who is an ambassador for the charity.
Apsley Athletic have an impressive league record to boast about this season after winning BSFL Division Three by 11 points, scoring 110 league goals, while not losing a game in the process.
Apsley started the game brightly and took the lead with neatly worked move down the left which was finished off by Chris Linsell.
A second goal came soon afterwards as a one-two on the edge of the box saw Sam Budgen calmly slot home past the helpless Palace stopper.
A lull in proceedings occurred for 20 minutes as both sides took a breather, before a solo run from Ryan Rowe ended with a third for the Division Three champions just before the half-time interval.
After half-time, Loach was brought on up front and the 6ft 3ins keeper didn’t look an inch out of place.
He went on to contribute with four assists in the second half; goals scored by Matt Gurr, Ollie Gurney, Jack Wood and Max Budgen.
A left-footed strike from Josh Oldham wrapped proceedings up but not before Palace got on the score sheet via the penalty spot.
After the game, Loach said: “It’s great to come down and meet with Max and Lewis today. I’ve known the lads since they started the charity and it’s really beginning to pick up – I’m delighted to represent the cause in any way possible.
“It was good fun playing out there with the Apsley lads, they’re a great bunch and Max has done a superb job organising the event.”
Co-founder Max added: “We’ve raised almost £800 today which is a magnificent total that will help us send a family on holiday or pay for birthday and Christmas presents.
“I can’t thank everybody who attended enough – especially Scott for coming down from Nottingham to get involved. I must also thank Berkhamsted FC and chairman Steve Davis who has been an absolute pleasure to deal with.”