Charity is the winner at annual Hartlepool football match

Players line up for the camera.
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An annual charity football match has been declared a huge success – and next year’s event has already been confirmed.

A team from town company JDR Cables challenged the team they sponsor, Hartlepool FC, in a game at Grayfields and £350 was raised in a contest which finished as a 4-4 draw.

Once the game kicked off it was a friendly affair with no harsh tackles, it was all good laughs and a good day considering the weather conditions

Brad Staunch, match organiser

Mandy Marriner, sales and marketing administrator at JDR, said: “Our 2015 charity match was a huge success.”

She thanked everyone who took part in the game and those who came to watch as well.

The game took place in poor weather conditions but that did not stop the teams putting on a tremendous display. Hartlepool FC secretary Chris Murray said: “The players and management at Hartlepool FC look forward to these games as its a chance to say a big thanks to our sponsors JDR for their continued support.”

He said it was also a chance to raise money for a worthy cause, adding: “The game was a really entertaining affair with plenty of goals and a big well done must go to the JDR team who were probably a bit unlucky not to win the game and have improved so much since the game last year.

“Can’t wait until the next one.”

The game started with a minute’s silence and, after a goalless first half, Hartlepool FC stormed to a 3-0 lead before JDR fought back.

JDR then took the lead before a Hartlepool FC penalty which levelled up the game.

Man of the Match was Stuart Sleeman but the biggest winner was charity with a local cause to benefit from the money raised through a raffle.

Match organiser Brad Staunch said: “Once the game kicked off it was a friendly affair with no harsh tackles, it was all good laughs and a good day considering the weather conditions.

“The score finished 4-­4 but it was a great game to watch and a great effort from JDR members.

“We should have won the game but in the end it was still a very good result to be getting beat 3­-0 and to turn it around to draw is exceptional.”