IT was a football match where the score didn’t really matter.
The main focus of this high-energy kickabout was raising as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.
Scores of people gathered at Wicor Recreation Ground, the home of AFC Portchester, for a charity football match in aid of Help for Heroes and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
The match on Saturday started with a patriotic mark of respect.
The two teams – which were AFC Portchester Veterans and a Tri-Services team representing Southwick Park – were accompanied from the changing rooms by drummers from Horndean Band.
The Last Post was then played on the bugle before a round of applause to give thanks for the work of the armed forces.
Corporal Jenny Taylor, 40, who serves with Military Provost Guard Service at Southwick Park and was collecting proceeds among the fans, said: ‘I thought it was excellent. It was quite an emotional touch.’
The match was a family affair for Beth Burgess, 11, and her dad Adam, 45.
Beth, who dreams of playing football professionally, held her own on the pitch against footballers more than twice her age.
Both she and her dad played midfield.
Beth, who plays football for Hampshire Centre of Excellence, said: ‘It was quite hard against the older people who are a lot stronger, but I really enjoyed it.
‘We normally have games like this but this is the first time I have played with my dad. It was good.’
Mr Burgess, 45, from Portchester, said: ‘It’s been a good day.
‘It’s all about raising money for the heroes. It was played with good sportsmanship.’
The final score was 6-3, with the glory going to AFC Portchester.
Geoff Fieldsend, 43, from Portchester, played for Southwick Park and said he felt very fortunate to be able to play.
Mr Fieldsend, who spent 22 years in the RAF and is now a fire safety consultant, said: ‘It’s nice that Portchester put the event on for us.
‘We lost, but it doesn’t matter. We have still raised money for the guys who are not as fortunate as us and probably not able to run round on a football pitch.’
Jacqui Maynard, 39, of Birdwood Grove, Portchester, who was cheering on the two teams, said: ‘It’s nice when people come together for something like this.’
Proceeds from the match will be combined with another fundraising effort by the Military Provost Guard Service.
Cliff Muldrew, 50, who is platoon commander at Southwick Park, walked 63 miles with his colleagues last month along the South Downs.
Mr Muldrew’s son plays at AFC Portchester and it was his idea to arrange a charity football match.
He said he hoped both events would raise a total of £2,000.
He said: ‘I have worked with Gurkhas a lot and respect them highly.’