The Vanarama National League North select 11 side gained an emphatic 9-0 win over the British Army team at the CNG Stadium in Harrogate on a day where the Non-League players shone writes Tom Feaheny.
There was three games over three different venues with Eastbourne and Tamworth also playing host to the special event.
Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver who managed the winning side said it had been a good experience for all.
“It’s been a different task to the one I’ve done before. The squad was totally changed in the last 48 hours, but it was very enjoyable. The lads in the army did really well, they had a good time. We scored some good goals as well.
Some of my players were played and I’ve got to say they impressed me. Chris Elliott looked sharp in goal, Marcus Day took his chance well and Adam Porritt looked very mobile. All the players showed a top-class attitude.”
The score could have been more with Courtney Meppen-Walters having a penalty saved in the opening minutes. The army’s Richard Harnott dived low to his right to make the stop.
Three goals in three minutes changed the game though with AFC Fylde’s Olly Crankshaw scoring then Town’s Marcus Day grabbed a quick-fire double.
FC United of Manchester’s Tom Greaves, pitched above, then scored with a delightful chip. He placed the ball over the on rushing goalkeeper to ensure the side went into the break with a big advantage.
The second half was much like the first with the Vanarama National League North side creating a host of chances.
Greaves and Crankshaw added to their totals for the evening. Then substitute Sanchez Payne from Bradford Park Avenue scored twice. In-between those strikes was an effort from Lincoln City’s Alex Simmons.
It would almost made to be double figures, when Tom Greaves saw a header hit the post.
This was an enjoyable evening in Harrogate, with members of the army management saying they would like it to happen again.
Elsewhere in Tamworth, the Vanarama National League side won 7-2. The hosts striker Reece Styche scored twice and Nuneaton Town`s Kailan Gould also bagged a brace, with Zac Kotwica, Cieron Keane and Darryl Knights also getting in on the act.
The only goals scored by the army last night were by Josh Hughes and a penalty converted by Luke Noble.
The biggest win of the night was in Eastbourne, the Vanarama National League outfit scored 12 without reply.
Hemel Hempstead Town`s on-loan striker Charlie Sheringham scored a double hat-trick while Eastbourne Borough`s Nat Pinney scored a hat-trick and Hempstead’s Ben Greenhalgh helped himself to two and Borough’s Miguel Baptista rounded off the scoring.