Crib triumph in fundraising tournament’s seven-goal final

Crib Bar, winners of the 2013 Stan Brewster Tournament
Crib Bar, winners of the 2013 Stan Brewster Tournament

The eighth annual Stan Brewster Memorial Football Tournament reached its conclusion on Sunday with Crib FC being crowned as the winners of this year’s event.

The match at Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena saw Crib retain the title, beating

SSAFA Derbyshire in the final.

Over the years, the tournament has raised more than £22,000 for good causes, in memory of local man Stan Brewster, who died in the July 2005 terrorist attacks on London.

In the final, Crib had a 1-0 advantage going into half-time and made it 2-0 shortly after.

SSAFA rallied to bring it back to 2-2, making for a tense last quarter of the game.

With extra-time looming and Crib on the attack, SSAFA’s goalkeeper was sent off after conceding a free kick. The one-man advantage proved decisive as Crib went on to win the game 5-2.

Goalscorers for Crib were Luke Crosby (two), Nick Hall, Shaun Smith and Kyle Wadsworth. For SSAFA, Danny O’Donnell and Ben Bettison were on the scoresheet.

The man of the match award was presented to Shaun Whittingham, Crib’s goalkeeper.

Jayne Green, chairman of the event, said: “I would like to thank all the committee members for their hard work in helping to organise and run the event, Sandra and the family for their support, Alfreton Town for the use of the ground for the final, and Amber Valley Borough Council for the use of Charles Hill in the preliminary rounds.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the many companies/individuals who either donated money/services, advertised in the programme, donated raffle prizes or sold raffle tickets.”

She added: “Thanks to all the teams and referees who took part this year. All the games were played in good spirit, a credit to the tournament, so well done.And finally, thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets.

“A list of all the winners will be displayed in the window of Gary Spencer Hairdressing.

The date for the presentation of cheques to the charities will be announced once all monies have been received in and counted.

The chosen charities this year are the British Heart Foundation, Ripley Hospital League of Friends, Breast Cancer, and SSAFA Derbyshire, which raises money to help injured local servicemen.