Macmillan FC’s hat-trick match in memory of Mark Ovendale

Claude Gnakpa in action at the 2015 Mark Ovendale memorial match.
Claude Gnakpa in action at the 2015 Mark Ovendale memorial match.

Wisbech’s charity football team Macmillan FC are hoping to romp home with more cash for cancer when the third Mark Ovendale memorial match is held at the weekend.

The hat-trick game in honour of the former Wisbech Town goalkeeper, who died from cancer in 2011, is being held at Gorefield Playing Field on Saturday.

Macmillan FC will once again be taking on Hatters Talk from Luton, where Fenmen star Mark used to played for Luton Town.

The Wisbech side won last year’s memorial match in Luton, and the Hatters Talk team won the first game in Gorefield in 2014.

Macmillan FC could have their work cut out as the Hatters will be joined on the day by semi-professional striker Stuart Fleetwood, who has played for Luton, Charlton and the Wales under 21 team.

The family day kicks off at 11am, with a youth match between Hungate, where Mark first played football as a youngster, and Luton Under 11 teams.

The main match starts at 2pm, with a top-prize raffle at 5pm.

There will also be Crossbar Challenge, where competitors can try to hit the crossbar from the halfway line, and a Top Bin Challenge, tasking people to try to chip balls into a wheelie bin from the penalty spot.

Each game will cost £1 for three balls, with a quarter of the funds raised from each going to the winner, and the rest being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan FC manager Justin Cross hopes to see as many people as possible come and support the event.

“It promises to be a great day out for the whole family,” he said.

There will also be hot food available, and a bar.

The team is also gearing up for its first-ever Macfest, a fundraising and social event featuring five local bands, on Saturday, August 13.

Keep an eye out in the Fenland Citizen nearer the time for updates on what will be happening on the day.