Charity rugby match at Ray Mac

Wheats chairman Philip Kennedy with Wiltshire Police captain Gareth Snoad

Wheats chairman Philip Kennedy with Wiltshire Police captain Gareth Snoad

First published in Salisbury RFC

WHEATSHEAF Cabin Crew will play Wiltshire Police in a match to raise funds for The Trussell Trust at Salisbury City FC on Friday, May 6.

Wheats' chairman Philip Kennedy is delighted the much-anticipated fixture will go ahead at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium and is looking forward to an exciting evening's entertainment. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

"We have had a long association with the Trussell Trust and it is fantastic to be able to organise such a big event to raise funds for them," he said.

"The Trussell Trust do an amazing job and it is such a worthwhile local charity."

Mark Stowell, team manager for Wiltshire Police, said: "We are delighted to be invited by the Wheatsheaf to take part in the fund-raising charity rugby match.

"The Trussell Trust carry out excellent work helping vulnerable people within society which we are very happy to be supporting. The rugby section are always keen to use our sport to help build and maintain links with the local community and regularly play against local sides to help do this."

Trussell Trust Events Manager Mark Elling said: "The Trussell Trust are so grateful to the Wheats and Wiltshire Police for organising this fund-raising match at a time when we urgently need extra support to continue to meet the growing local need. We’re hoping lots of local people will come along and cheer on the teams at what promises to be a great local sporting event."

Tickets are £5 and are available from Salisbury Playhouse Box Office on 01722 320333 or www.salisburyplayhouse.com.

Corporate boxes are available. Please contact Philip Kennedy on 07867 826503.

Sir Arthur Gooch, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, will be attending along with John Glen MP.

Both teams are hoping for a quality game, played in the true spirit of the sport knowing they are doing something for a worthwhile cause. The Trussell Trust help people in the UK who go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. The foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.

The Wheats warmed up in style for their big match against Wiltshire Police with an entertaining 32-27 victory at Larkhill against 32 Regt Royal Artillery. 32 Regt started well with the Wheats struggling to contain the Fujian back line.

However once the Wheats closed them down the game was more manageable and the Wheats also managed to convert some of the early chances they had wasted. The Wheats made the most of their dominance in the pack to restrict opportunity in the Gunners backs to ensure they remained in the game at half time with the scores level at 15-all at half time.

At 27-20, 32 Regt looked to have it sewn up but the Wheats dug deep and managed two late trys on a pitch they have yet to be defeated on. It was a strong, positive performance and showed real intent for next Friday’s match at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

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