Farway footballers mourn Mike Loud

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

THERE was a swathe of cancellations in the East Devon and West Dorset programme of matches at the weekend for various reasons but none so tragic as Farway's.

THERE was a swathe of cancellations in the East Devon and West Dorset programme of matches at the weekend for various reasons but none so tragic as Farway's. Their matches were called off as a mark of respect after the sudden death last Wednesday of long time secretary Mike Loud. "It was a great shock for us all," said manager Andy Baily. "Mike has played a huge part in football in the village for many, many years and has been secretary for over 30. He will be hugely missed by us all. No one can believe it really." Mike Loud's funeral will be held on Friday at noon at Farway Church. Millwey Rise's first XI were notified their match was called off by Chard at 11.30am on Saturday. Their 2nd XI, due to play Chard Res, were unable to play as a result. With such late notice, manager Ian Hall did not ring players but instead they played a 'very useful' 1st XI v Reserves training match. Lyme Bantams' match was called off due to a lack of availability. A wedding claimed seven players. Add in a couple of other unavailabilities and injuries and Gerard Hitchcock had no choice. The missing seven were from the Reserves and their places were taken by Bantams. One of those went on to be Man of the Match - Mark Taylor - in the 2-1 win. Playing against a strong wind, Bantams went in 1-1 thanks to a goal from Dan Thurwell and made it 2-1 after the break with a shot from Joe Bond. Lyme 1st XI beat Barrington 6-1 in a match dominated by strong wind and bright sunlight! It took 20 minutes to adapt to playing against both, during which time Lyme conceded a goal, but once they found their feed they were away and levelled five minutes before half time. "After the break Barrington's long ball game was useless," said Gerard Hitchcock. Players shared the goals around. Scorers were Adam Caddy, Neil Baker, Mark Bailey, Dominic Rowe, Will Thompson and Rob Thompson. Craig Richards on the left of the back three, was the star player.

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