Manchester City legends aid fun day

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THE Manchester City All Stars, who have raised over £1million for charity since being formed and recently travelled to Spain to help raise £5,000 for a young boy to have sight-saving surgery, attracted a good crowd to the 4Crosses Construction Arena for a fun game that Seagulls won 8-3.

City legends Peter Barnes, who was capped 22 times by England, and Paul Dickov  were both on the scoresheet for their side and afterwards conducted a lively question and answer session in the clubhouse.

Colwyn Bay FC would like to thank the All Stars for making the trip through heavy traffic, which delayed the kick off, to play the game – despite the fact they had problems in the end getting a team together because of players being unavailable.

Unfortunately that included a couple of the big name players like Shaun Goater and Asa Hartford, but Paul Dickov showed he still has a bit about him and he stole the show for the visitors in front of good following of City fans.

Colwyn Bay cruised through a one-sided first half to lead 6-0 at the break with goals from Will Jones, Scott Bakkor, Gaz Burnett (2), Mark Keddie (2), while Man City keeper Eric Nixon made a fine save to deny Mark Keddie a hat-trick and tipped a shot from Danny Andrews over the bar.

In the second half Colwyn Bay players Simon Williams (in goal), Gareth Grant, Drew Matthews and Tom Schofield all played for Manchester City and the Bay played with two at the back to make it a more evenly balanced game, while Paul Dickov’s son Max also came on to play alongside his dad.

Paul Dickov quickly set up a goal for Peter Barnes before scoring himself to make it 6-2, sparking a mini pitch invasion by delighted City fans, and Bay keeper Shaun Pearson made a couple of excellent saves to deny Dickov further goal success.

Danny Andrews and Scott Bakkor added two more goals for the Bay before Tom Schofield, sporting a newly bleached hairdo, got a third goal for the Sky Blues.

Colwyn Bay: Simon Williams (Shaun Pearson), Josh Sumner, Louis Corrigan, Luke Denson, Gaz Grant (Chris Bibby), Steve Wilson, Danny Andrews, Mark Keddie, Will Jones, Gaz Burnett, Scott Bakkor.

Chris Gaghan didn’t play because of an Achilles injury and Kyle Armstrong, Tom Hardwick, Will Booth, George Mannion and Shaun Dowling were also missing,

Colwyn Bay return to more serious business away to Rhyl on Tuesday (7:45pm kick off) and are then at home to Evostik Premier side Rushall Olympics in their final pre-season game on Saturday (Aug 6, 3pm).

THE Reserves lost their pre-season friendly at Vauxhall Motors 4-3.