Murton take on Washington in charity football clash

Team captain Harvey Simpson, front centre, with the Washington Juniors Under 13's  team after winning a charity match at the Murton CW ground.

Team captain Harvey Simpson, front centre, with the Washington Juniors Under 13's team after winning a charity match at the Murton CW ground.

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YOUNGSTERS pitched their football skills against each other as they turned their attentions to raising cash.

The Youth Sporting Project in Murton played against a squad from Washington Juniors Under-13s at the village’s Welfare Ground on Sunday.

The game ended in victory for the visitors, with a score of 8-5.

Around £250 was raised through donations, raffles and hotdog sales.

The cash will be split between a memorial garden dedicated to young people from the village and equipment for its skate park.

Police Community Support Officers Linzi Graham and Martin Nicholson, who helped organise the day, run Tuesday nights sports sessions at the Glebe Centre, which are midway through a 20-week run.

PCSO Graham said: “They want to do it again, maybe in another six months, and they want to play the same team, so that’s what we’ll look at doing.”

The day was supported by Dalton Park, which provided the kit for the Murton players and donated prizes, along with Dunelm, The Body Shop, Nike, the Village Inn, Murton Parish Council and Total Sport in Sunderland.

Craig Liddle, professional development lead coach for Sunderland and councillors Alan Napier and Thomas Pinkney gave out trophies and medals.