Teams honour Tim's memory

Mousehold AFC 3, Costessey Crown 4The Tim Moore memorial game was an emotional day for all concerned, but especially for Tim's family who turned out in force for the game.

Mousehold AFC 3, Costessey Crown 4

The Tim Moore memorial game was an emotional day for all concerned, but especially for Tim's family who turned out in force for the game.

Tim's dad Archie Moore, and his brother Ben Moore were both playing for Mousehold on the day, and Archie started the game in his son's number 5 shirt.

Both Costessey and Mousehold wore the kits from the days that Tim played with them, so Mousehold were in claret and blue, and Costessey in orange and blue, with Ian Banham very kindly refereeing again.

Mousehold won the memorial game last year, and this year there was a shield to play for, the winners to keep it for the next year. Tim's six-year-old son Kaine presented the shield to both teams before the game.

Costessey Crown wasted no time to get on the scoresheet, with their first goal coming just one minute after the start, Marcus Ashley beating the offside trap to go one-on-one with the keeper.

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It was another nine minutes before Mousehold had an answer, and that was a peach - Sam Jenkins scored a blinder from outside the box, a lovely shot.

Play continued to be end to end, both sides appearing quite evenly matched.

It wasn't until 42 minutes of play had gone that the next goal came, as Costessey went ahead for the second time courtesy of Mori Elliott; the ball came in from the left and went under the keeper and into the far right corner.

With rolling subs, the teams were able to make several changes after half-time, but Archie Moore only played five minutes of the second half before handing over the number 5 shirt to Ben and retiring from the pitch to a round of applause.

Archie had a good game, coming on into midfield at age 57 to play alongside his son Ben in memory of Tim.

Matt Brown shortly followed him from the pitch, this being his final game both playing and managing before retiring from football.

First team keeper Mark Brandish came on up front for Matty, a chance to show his team-mates he can play out as well as in goal.

However, it was only 13 minutes into the half that Costessey got another after a succession of corners and throw-ins deep into the Mousehold half, Giggs Pantelli knocking the ball finally into the net through the crowd in the goal.

Two minutes later and Mousehold answered when Brett Macey, assisted by Mark Brandish, volleyed the ball straight into the back of the net.

Three minutes later and Mousehold changed keepers, with Rob Stibbon coming off and Andy Brown going in goal for the remainder of the game.

The 68th minute proved to be an eventful one, with Costessey's Mori Elliott getting his second goal of the game and Costessey's fourth, but the celebrations were short lived as less than 10 second from the restart Mousehold's Chris Vines volleyed the ball from outside the area straight down the middle and past the Costessey keeper, Bill Sinclair, to bring Mousehold's score up to three.

Mark Brandish nearly got his goal a few minutes later with a lovely distance shot which unfortunately just skimmed across the goal.

The last 15 minutes saw plenty more changes in the Mousehold camp, with players changing positions, and both goalies, Mark and Rob, playing out, but there were no more goals forthcoming.

So it finished Costessey 4, Mousehold 3.

The game was played in good spirits, good-natured but hard fought; despite the grave occasion both clubs approached it as a celebration, and both teams wanted to take that shield home.

The shield was presented to Costessey Crown after the game by Kaine, who was at times overwhelmed by the day but supported throughout by his extended family.