Footballers pay fine tribute to tragic Steve

Action from the Steve Bernard memorial match at Chichester City FC
Action from the Steve Bernard memorial match at Chichester City FC

MORE than 200 people attended the second annual Steve Bernard charity football match, held at Chichester’s Oaklands Park ground.

A little over £800 was raised for the charitable foundation set up after the former Chichester university student died in a car crash.

The event started with a minute’s applause in memory of Steve, impeccably observed by all. The match was between former members of the university team and the current squad.

First-half pressure from the students eventually told and the first was scored when Harry Hoadley bundled the ball into the goal.

The legends started to create chances of their own with Tom Jeffes, Scott Dormer and James Temple all going close.

The legends were awarded a free-kick 25 yards outside the box which Danny Potter stepped up to take. It beat the wall and university keeper James Binfield, only to hit the bar and fly back out.

Soon after, a penalty was awarded after a foul by one of the students on Potter. Lee Bradshaw stepped up and calmly converted from the spot.

Both teams made a series of changes for the second half, which was a tight affair and saw both keepers in terrific form.

A superb solo effort from Alex Fraser saw the alumni go closest to taking the lead, his delicate chip coming back off the bar.

With time running out and the game looking destined for penalties, the student team came up with a winner. A deep cross swung in from the right wing was turned in at the back post by George Petrie.

Organiser and club president Tom Chaplin was delighted with the evening, saying: “I would like to thank all the people involved with the match - the committee members, players, supporters, cheerleaders, Chichester City FC for the use of the venue and especially Tony Bernard and his family for coming and supporting the event.

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