Charity match to honour fallen Lancing teammate

The match ended in a 3-3 draw
The match ended in a 3-3 draw

A CHARITY football match played in honour of a local soldier who died in Afghanistan raised more than £3,700 for Hounds for Heroes.

The match between Lancing Rangers FC Old Boys and rivals Thistle Youth was played in honour of former Rangers player Lance Corporal James Brynin, who was killed on active service in October.

Local companies donated prizes, including signed shirts from James’ favourite football team, Brighton & Hove Albion.

There was also a signed Chelsea shirt that was sold in a silent auction and Lancing Rangers Football Club donated a generous cheque.

The teams played a good game in misty conditions which ended in a 3-3 draw.

However, the Leisure League had donated a cup and medals, so there had to be a winner.

A penalty shoot-out decided the match and the Lancing old boys came out on top.

Family friend Alex Pinhorn said : “The true winner was the charity Hounds for Heroes, who will receive an amazing amount of money from this fantastic day arranged by these fantastic lads. Jay’s family were in attendance at the game and were so pleased to be able to help a charity that was close Jay’s heart.

“The turn out was very good and the amount raised does your heart good to know that people can be so generous for a good cause.”

Worthing Football Ground donated the pitch and the referee and linesmen gave their time for free.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off.