Great ‘Bert The Flag’match farewell to Sector

PUBLISHED: 11:14 09 May 2012

Bert the Flag Memorial match players

Bert the Flag Memorial match players


With Axminster Town due to move to their new Chard Road base after 89 years at Sector Lane, they were proud to host the Nick Hewitt (Bert The Flag) Memorial Cup game - played annually by veteran players representing Millwey Rise and Axminster Town, writes Adam Cowling.

In fact, bar the subsequently rearranged Axminster Hospital Cup match, it was set to be the last match played at Sector Lane.

Around 100 spectators were entertained by a bunch of over 35s who think they can still play football and over £400 was raised for the Mardon Unit in Exeter.

Nick’s sister Tina has expressed her gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all those people who helped out and supported this year’s match.

A young-looking Axminster Town Veterans won 5-3 against Millwey who nevertheless managed to sneak an extra player, Gary Bridge, on to the pitch in the second half, until he was spotted by ref Kevin Turner. Mike Ward and Andy Hurford put the Tigers ahead, Adam Cowling made it 3-0 before the break.

In the second half there were further Tigers’ goals from Gary MacCauley and a fifth from Lee Hurford.

Millwey boss Steve Downton brought on Simon Flint in the second half - an inspired choice as he went on to score a hat-trick, including a penalty, but they ran out of time.

Players on the pitch included Dave Gate, Brian Perryman, Mike Hutchings, Adam Downes, Andy Hurford, Ronnie Reed, Simon Palmer and Andrew Guppy.

Tina said: “Nick was a big fan of both clubs and it is a good event to have in his memory as it gives those who enjoyed playing for their respective clubs a chance to meet up and be involved in a competitive game with old friends.”

Next year the memorial match is due to be held at Millwey Rise home pitch at Cloakham Lawn, provisionally on Easter Sunday.

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