Charity football match in memory of baby

TWO football teams battled it out in a closely fought match to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

TWO football teams battled it out in a closely fought match to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

The first Taylor's Trophy was played out in front of a packed crowd who enjoyed watching the tense fixture between Allport Ltd and Maersk.

The charity game was held in memory of the nine-month-old Kesgrave tot Taylor Westley-Smith, who died of the killer brain bug meningitis in March this year.

His parents Mark and Jennifer Smith have worked tirelessly since losing their much loved baby to raise money for Meningitis UK.

The game itself was a close event, with Allport scoring the first goal in the closing minutes of the first half, a close range header from Simon Finch.

Allport battled hard to keep the lead but with about 15 minutes to go, Maersk came back and equalised with a good move down the right from Jordan Butcher.

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The match went to penalties with Maersk clinching it to win 4-3.

Mr Smith said the match had been a real success, raising about �600 for the charity.

He said: “It was a really great day and everyone enjoyed it. We want to thank Felixstowe and Walton FC for the use of their ground, Total Football for donating the match balls, Kevin Jacobs and Carl Shemmings for organising the teams, Bill Morton for coming out of retirement to referee the match, Jacetts Custom Sports Wear for donating the Allport Kit and to all the players and supporters.

“It was a fantastic day.”

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