SIGNING OFF: Stuart Clark, pictured with his son James and his dad last season.

Derby date between rivals Holbeach and Bourne will raise vital funds

A charity match between two friendly rivals is aiming to raise money for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough.

The under-18 teams from Holbeach United and Bourne Town will clash one last time at Carter’s Park on Thursday, June 29 (7.45pm), with all monies raised going to the palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity.

Entrance on the night is £3 for adults and £1 for under-18s, while the newly-refurbished Tigers Bar will be open for drinks before and after the game.

For Holbeach boss Stuart Clark and his Bourne counterpart Steve Bills, it marks the end of a rivalry that has spanned more than a decade.

The pair are good friends and the idea of the match is to also honour late Bourne secretary Paula Turner.

Clark has managed the Tigers’ team for an amazing 13 years, taking them from under-7s all the way through the age groups – with great success.

He considers the fixture as the perfect way to end his time with the team before they all go their separate ways – and is hoping for a good turnout on the night.

Clark said: “We have arranged to put on a charity match at Carter’s Park to raise monies for Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough.

“This will be my last time as a manager of my team since I took them on at under-7s and my good friend Steve Bills at Bourne has been running ten miles every day since December 26, 2020 to raise monies since the passing of Bourne’s Secretary Paula Turner.

“Therefore I could think of no better way to finish my managerial 13 years then with Steve and his under-18s team to raise monies for such a worthy cause.”

Bourne boss Bills added: “This is one of the events in memory of Paula, with funds raised going to the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

“If you are free on the night, your support along with any family or friends would be very much appreciated.

“It would be good to see as many people as possible support the night.”

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