Early Flare match was fine fare

WHERE there's a will there's a way.The footballers of Martlesham Old Boys and Copleston were determined to get the best of both worlds when Ipswich met Luton Town in a lunchtime Coca-Cola Championship game at Portman Road.

By Elvin King

WHERE there's a will there's a way.

The footballers of Martlesham Old Boys and Copleston were determined to get the best of both worlds when Ipswich met Luton Town in a lunchtime Coca-Cola Championship game at Portman Road.

The Flare Recruitment League teams had 12 season ticket holders between them and two Ipswich Town employees who needed to be at Portman Road in time for the 1.15pm kick-off.


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Both teams requested a 9:30am start to their Suffolk Sunday Shield second round match, but referee Mike Hamilton pointed they would have to allow for the possibility of extra-time and penalties.

He suggested a 9am start, both teams agreed and the extra hour in bed caused by the clocks going back helped.

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Copleston were leading

3-2 with four minutes remaining, but Martlesham scored two late goals to win 4-3, with Hamilton saying: “The game was an excellent advert for local football.

“Both teams wanted to play, with hand shakes after challenges and no verbals. It was a pleasure to be the match official.”

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