Shoreham prevails in memorial cup match

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A CHARITY football match in memory of Melvyn Hocking saw the Shoreham Legends beat the Southwick Veterans 6-2 on Sunday.

The game was organised to raise money for a bench and plaque for Melvyn Hocking, a stalwart of Southwick FC, who died in May this year.

The day was ‘well attended with lovely weather’ and so far it has raised £1,300.

The first half saw Shoreham lead and at half time the score was 5-1 to Shoreham Legends.

The second half was more even and both teams scored once.

Speaking about organising the match, secretary of Southwick FC, Paul Symes, said: “We are trying to get as many players and people who were involved in the club in the 30 years Melvyn was a key figure at Southwick FC to just make an appearance on the day to see old friends.”

Paul Symes added: “Melvyn had loads of friends and drinking buddies, lots of football mates. He was well known and everyone was fond of him.

“The club was his home and he was there from 9am to 10pm everyday, he loved it so much.

“He didn’t like holidays and would come back and say what have I missed?”

Ben Milford scored three goals for Shoreham and Jack Dineen scored a ‘cracking penalty’ for Southwick Veterans.

Tony Dineen, organising the match, said: “It went very well, better than expected. I enjoyed it immensely and so did all the lads.

“Everyone pulled together, and we now plan to do a yearly one. We want to thank everyone that was involved.”

Any leftover funds will go towards MS society.

For more photos, the proceeds of which will go towards the fund, visit: http://www.actionphotographs.co.uk/southwickveterans