Ben Hiscox Memorial Match Report

On Sunday 28th July Stoke Gifford United FC invited the local football community across the Stokes, along with Ben’s friends and family, to come together to again celebrate the life of the late, great Ben Hiscox. 

For those of you who don’t know, Ben lost his life following a freak collision with the clubhouse wall during a match on 31st March 2015. Each year since the club have arranged a match in his honour to remember, not only one of our greatest ever players, but a truly great bloke. 

The game began with Little Stoke Football Club much the more fluent side, playing the ball around with a real air of dominance. Ennis Akgun looked a real threat as he drove at the Gifford defence while the experienced Ben Walker and Rob Claridge dominated the midfield battle. A couple of injuries threatened to hinder Gifford further but they managed to hold firm in defence marshalled well by the ever brilliant Ben Bennett.

Gifford grew into the game as the half wore on, Stephens managed to get more of the ball down the left but the Little Stoke defence, lead by Ash Coles looked assured. This was until his slip and mistake lead to Stephens breaking away to slot Gifford ahead past the helpless Dave Franklin.

The half ebbed and flowed from there on,Dan Dunt and Joe Black went close for Gifford while Coles and Walker could easily have equalised for Little Stoke. Perhaps the simplest chance of the half fell for Chris Paddon who fluffed his lines when one on one with Franklin. Little Stoke got the equaliser they deserved 5 minutes before the break when the ever dangerous Enis fired home from 12 yards, leaving the ageing Ryan Edwards shaking his head in the Gifford goal.

The second half saw a host of changes but the game continued to be an even contest. Kyle Thomas looked to introduce some energy to midfield and went close twice but had to be withdrawn when suffering with hangover like symptoms. Predatory striker Nathan Daniels restored Giffords lead just before the hour mark turning the defence inside out before slotting home with ease past semi pro goalkeeper Ash Eyles.

Little Stoke pushed for the equaliser and found their reward when Enis again found room on the edge of the box and shot hard and low past Matt Semple. After that it was anyone’s game with half chances at either end, but perhaps fittingly the game ended 2-2.

That was until a penalty shoot out was dreamt up to decide a winner. The shoot out was tense and seemed to go on forever, twice little Stoke had the chance to win the shootout but Coles and Billy Mitchell fell apart when it mattered most. Geraint Williams and Steve Turner has already missed for the Gifford when the Lino stepped up and spooned his effort onto the clubhouse roof! Young Corey Evans had seen enough of the farcical scenes and stepped up to bury his penalty to give Little Stoke their first taste of glory in the Ben Hiscox Memorial Game.Looking forward to regaining the trophy next year!

A great day was had by all in memory of a local footballing LEGEND Ben Hiscox.

Thank you Dan Dunt for the write up and lovely photo. Picture right and front taken from 14/15 season.The last squad photo Stoke Gifford FC had with Ben,from the season they sadly lost him but went on to win the league for him.

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