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Help for Haiti Charity Match

A soaking wet Leyland’s Park was the venue for this charity fixture in aid of Haiti disaster victims and in front of a crowd of roughly 150 the Albion, led by first team manager Gus Poyet, ran out 5-0 winners over a Burgess Hill Town select XI.

Notable names (other than Poyet) included ex players George Parris, John Keeley, Paul Watson, Charlie Oatway, Paul Rogers, assistant manager Mauricio Tarricio and, er, club press officer Paul Camillin.

To be honest, we missed the first goal in the bar but we were told it was scored by some bloke we've never heard of. Danny Cullip was in the Albion dugout with Gary Hart – probably not a combination of future football manages.

On a boggy pitch, the Albion team had most of the pressure, with Watson hitting the bar from range with a trademark curler and Poyet blazing over from a few yards out in a miss not unlike Glenn Murray’s at Brisbane Road the other week.

In the second half the Albion team proved too strong for the hosts on an extremely boggy pitch, eventually adding a further four to the tally. Paul Watson rolled back the years with another Beckham-esque strike into the top corner and Poyet showed his class with the fifth, back heeling for Rogers to place into the bottom corner. Special mention to the Hillians keeper by the way, he had a blinder.

So that was it really. Poyet’s first touch and passing was still a class above, and you couldn’t help but feel that Tarricio and Watson wouldn’t look out of place in the current team either.

Oh – and the WeareBrighton team didn’t win the raffle! Hopefully, the rain didn’t prevent a heap of money being made for a good cause.


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