Communities come out on top as over-30s raise £600

THE SUN shone on Prestonfield on Sunday as Bo’ness beat Linlithgow 3-2 in a Fair Day / Gala Day over-30s fundraiser that netted a footie-tastic £600.

This will be split between the two communities and it’s hoped the match can become an annual fixture.

Linlithgow took the lead through a Stuart Alexander penalty, before Bo’ness equalised courtesy of Alec Brown.

A goalkeeping error saw Bo’ness edge ahead via Ross McLean, with Mark Quinn then pegging it back to 2-2 with a 20-yard shot.

Dode Simpson was the hero for the men in blue, scoring the winner late on in what was a fantastic game, refereed by Andy Kowalczyk.

Linlithgow Gala Queen Jessica Brown presented Bo’ness with the inaugural trophy, and Bo’ness Fair Queen Georgia Sommerville gave Linlithgow’s Hugh McCann - formerly of Celtic, and the oldest player on the pitch at 57 - the man of the match award.

Co-organiser and Linlithgow goalie David Paterson said thanks went to: Louie Laidlaw for taking the gate money, the Linlithgow Rose committee for the pitch and facilities, Rose groundsman Stuart McIntyre, the Gala Day and Fair queens, Tom Burns, winner’s trophy sponsors KDM shopfitting, man of the match trophy sponsor Alisdair Dougal landscaper, Jamie Lewis for the Linlithgow jerseys and all those who came along.

“Although I’m disappointed I take my hat off to Bo’ness,” he said.

“I look forward to redressing the balance next year!”

Bo’ness organiser Tom Burns also paid tribute to his right-hand man Jazzo Temperley, and Bo’ness United U21s for donating the jerseys.

“Next year we are back in Bo’ness, to give them (Linlithgow) a chance to win the trophy back.

“We were delighted with the result, all the guys played really well.”

“It was a clean game of football,” said Tom, adding the money raised was the icing on the cake.