Parkside lift trophy in fitting tournament tribute

FOOTBALLERS in St Neots came together to remember a former Eynesbury Rovers footballer at a memorial tournament. Eynesbury Parkside were the winners of the sixth annual Cary White Memorial Trophy, beating rivals Stilton 4-3 on penalties. A total of 10 tea

FOOTBALLERS in St Neots came together to remember a former Eynesbury Rovers footballer at a memorial tournament.

Eynesbury Parkside were the winners of the sixth annual Cary White Memorial Trophy, beating rivals Stilton 4-3 on penalties.

A total of 10 teams competed for the trophy at Hall Road on Saturday, with the winning side containing many of Cary White's friends and former team mates.

The sides were split into two divisions of five, with each team playing each other once in 11-a-side 20 minute fixtures.


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Parkside topped group A after the first round, with Stilton winning their last group match 1-0 against Papworth to pip Great Paxton B to a qualifying spot.

Godmanchester Rovers A and Eynesbury Rovers were the teams to qualify from group B, with Godmanchester topping the table.

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In the semi-finals, Parkside defeated Eynesbury Rovers 4-2 on penalties after a goalless game, while Stilton snatched a last-minute winner to defeat Godmanchester.

Dave Goodall struck the winning penalty for Parkside after a goalless final - the Sunday league team had reformed just to take part in the memorial tournament.

Winners and runners-up medal were presented by Eynesbury Rovers president Harry Eddy, and Cary White's father Steve, who handed the trophy to winning captain Matt Wray.

After the tournament, White said the day had been thoroughly enjoyable and a fitting tribute to Cary.

* The tournament, established in 2002, was inaugurated by Dean Shipp and Dave Webster in memory of Cary White, who died in a car accident just days before his 21st birthday.

White made 99 first team appearances for Eynesbury, including some alongside his father Steve.

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