Gazette On Top In Fierce Battle

Real Gothic vs Athletico Gazette

Saturday 1st November 2008

HUNDREDS of football fans flocked to the Turnbull Ground on Sunday to see the biannual Athletico Gazette versus Real Gothic charity football match.

And despite non-stop rain, wind and a biting North Sea wind, the supporters of both sides were treated to an enthralling encounter.

The game – this time raising money for the local British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Willow Foundation – started cagily as both sides tried to adapt to the conditions.

And it was Athletico who fared better and took the lead after a high ball was spilled by James Shoobridge and Paul Hurworth was on hand to poke the ball home.

Shoobridge kept Athletico at bay with some smart saves while Real battled to get near the target.

As it was, after Athletico's spell of pressure, it was the goths who equalised when they won possession in the middle of the park and Graeme McKinnon fired home from a narrow angle past Rich Davies to send their fans into raptures.

But Athletico wasted no time in regaining the lead when a crossfield ball found Hurworth unmarked and he slotted home across the keeper to give the red and whites the lead at half time.

With both teams fired up for the second half, it wasn't long before the Gazette scored again when Jon Stokoe crossed for Dave Masters to tap home.

Then defender Ben Stokoe got in on the act when he fired home from just outside the box to make it 4-1.

Both sides continued to have chances and both Shoobridge and Davies made some good saves in the midst of some tasty tackles.

Davies even had time to save a controversial last minute penalty given by referee Stan Jackson.

 Athletico skipper Jon Stokoe said: "It was a great game although there were a few of us who would have preferred to stay in the bar to begin with.

"I must say a big thank you to Graham Manser at the football club and groundsman Eric Wilson as we may have made a bit of a mess of the pitch but I hope we helped raise enough money on the day so they will let us play again in April!"

A raffle held after the game raised 231 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


*Match Report courtesy of The Whitby Gazette