Shildon Retain the Trophy.
Shildon AFC retained the John Hay Memorial Trophy when they beat Seaham Red Star 3 – 1 at The Star.
In recognition of John, her long time partner, Sue Charlton set up the yearly friendly against Seaham, the ground when John collapsed and unfortunately died on 30th January 2013.
After the game Sue said Seaham is a special club to her, and she went on to thank everyone for their kindness and support. She then presented the trophy to Shildon’s captain Mark Hudson, and placed flowers on the memorial seat in the stand where John was sitting when the tragedy occurred.
The game itself was quite competitive with two Seaham players, Lee Kerr and David Scorer both received yellow cards, most unusual for a friendly.
Shildon took an early lead after just 6 minutes when Mark Doninger’s free kick took a slight deflection into the net.
Red Star had chances before the break with Craig Roberts hitting the bar and Paul Gardiner’s effort cleared off the line.
Half Time: Seaham Red Star 0 Shildon 1
It was 1 – 1 on 54 minutes when a free kick by ex Shildon player Lee Kerr hit the underside of the bar and bounced in. The lead was short lived however as the Railwaymen restored the lead in the very next minute with Paul Connor firing home from close range.
Man of the match Kyle Fryatt made it 3 – 1 for the visitors with the best goal of the night when he blasted into the roof of the net from outside the box.
Final Score: Seaham Red Star 1 Shildon AFC 3
Goalscorers: Doninger 6, Connor 55, Fryatt 68.
Man-of-the-Match: Kyle Fryatt.
After the match Assistant Manager Stuart Niven said “It was a god workout with some good individual performances tonight. I thought we defended well and were comfortable all night”.
Team: 1. Hayes (Callum), 2. Davis, 3. Hudson, 4. Wing, 5. Jones, 6. Brackstone, 7. Fryatt, 8. Doninger, 9. Connor, 10. Wood, 11. Greulich-Smith, 12. Rae, 14. Harwood, 15. Chapman, 16. Poskett (G.K), 17. Niven.