FOOTBALL: Last-gasp George strikes in Lawley charity match

Dorset Echo: BOXING DAY LINE-UP: The teams at Grove Corner BOXING DAY LINE-UP: The teams at Grove Corner

A CHARITY match in celebration of Barry Lawley’s fantastic service to local football has raised £800 for the Chalbury Unit at Weymouth Community Hospital.

The encounter, between Darren Whyton’s All Stars and Nick Preston’s Old Boys, took place at Grove Corner on Boxing Day and attracted a superb crowd of 200.

The final outcome was a 4-4 draw with youngster George Carter, son of ex-Weymouth reserve-team boss Mark, grabbing a last-minute equaliser for the All Stars.

Darren Whyton told Echosport: “It was a great day and the support the event got was just fantastic, with eight substitutes on each side, and 200 people there watching.

“It is the best turnout we have had on Boxing Day for a long time and the fact the game ended 4-4 was quite fitting really.

“Pete Turrell refereed it and did a fantastic job, and the two teams included the likes of Willie Gibson, James Reeve, Mark Carter, Brendon King, Alex Browne, Ian Hutchin-son, Maurice Welch and many others.

“Kern Forden was man of the match, making some fantastic saves for the All Stars, and it was also great seeing Stuart Martindale out there playing at the age of 66.

“It was just a fantastic occasion and the atmosphere in the bar afterwards was great.

“Barry’s family were there and his daughter gave a really good speech, as did Pete Turrell.

“The fact so much money was raised for the Chalbury Unit and Barry was excellent, and many thanks go to all those involved.”

Lawley, one of Dorset football’s most popular characters, has been receiving treatment for dementia at the Chalbury Unit for the past 15 months.

Whyton added: “Barry played for Port-land United FC around 50 years ago and has also been part of the management team here, and the things he has done off the field are as good as those he did on it.

“His contribution to local football and, in particular, Portland United FC, has been second to none.”

Matchball sponsor: The Verne Sports & Social Club

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