The North Halifax Partnership and Andys Man Club FC went head to head in a charity football match on Sunday 22 April 2018 in memory of former Ovenden Phoenix Player Jordan Sheils and to raise awareness around Mens Mental Health and mark the start of CAP week.
The North Halifax Partnership Team eventually ran out 8-5 winners in what was a closely contested affair for most part.
After a well worked move between midfield pair Reece Griffiths and former Ovenden Phoenix player Ash Scully the Ball was picked up by North Halifax Partnership Captain and Centre Forward Dan Marham who stayed on his feet following a mistimed challenge in the penalty area before placing a shot into the bottom corner to open the scoring.
Andys Man Club F.C. equalized shortly after following a fast counter attack catching the partnership out at the back and with the score tied at 1-1 Ash Scully produced some fantastic footwork in midfield once again before playing a defence splitting pass for Dan Marham to grab his second goal of the game.
The lead was short lived as Andys Man Club found yet another equaliser bringing the score level at 2-2.
Chances for both teams were coming fast and frequently with both goalkeepers making some fantastic saves, Brandon Wilkinson being kept out by the woodwork and Dan Marham coming agonisingly close to a first half hat trick when his overhead attempt went narrowly wide of the post.
Brandon soon topped his first effort when finding himself in space on the edge of the area and after seeing the opposing keeper off his line he found the back of the net with an audacious lob to give the Partnership a 3-2 lead.
Two unanswered goals from Andys Man Club F.C. saw them take a well deserved 4-3 lead into half time which included the best goal of the game when a shot from around 30 yards out found the top corner after partnership goal keeper Jonathan Spencer managed to get the slightest of touches to try keep it out.
The second half provided more of the same with Brandon Wilkinson adding his second goal with a driven effort to bring the scores level. The North Halifax Partnership team took a 5-4 lead through Ash Scully who produced a fine solo effort dribbling round a number of players before curling a shot into the back of the net.
Patrick Hellowell got on the score sheet twice with one being a fantastic effort from range after he won the ball back in Midfield. Andys Man Club grabbed a 5th goal on the break whilst the 8th and final goal for North Halifax Partnership came from the spot after Jorden Scanlon who produced a solid second half display was unlucky to give away a penalty. Left Back Jack Gaunt stepped up and remained calm to secure an 8-5 win for the North Halifax Partnership and bring an end to yet another great community event.
Dan Marham, Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership said;
“It’s been a fantastic event as usual and it’s always a pleasure to take part in these games for such a great cause. All the lads have enjoyed themselves today and I think I speak for the whole team when I say thank you to Andy’s Man Club FC for being a part of it once again.”
As well as Andy’s Man Club, The North Halifax Partnership would also like to thank West Yorkshire Police who came along to show their support, Calderdale Council Community Wardens, OSCA Foundation for allowing the use of the pitch, Project_Twelve:31 Girls Group, members of the public who came to spectate and also the players of both teams who all put in 100% effort from start to finish.