Football comes second

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Ongar Town will face Buckhurst Hill in what is deemed the “big match” at Parkside, the home of Aveley FC. The match will take place on Friday 4th June and will be in aid of Bone Cancer Research Trust and Josh Charles, a friend of the away side who was sadly diagnosed with bone cancer.

Buckhurst Hill were declared Essex Olympian League Premier Division champions and promoted to Step-6 of the National League system after a tough season, holding a 15-point lead over Basildon Town, going into the final day of the season (Saturday 29th May). Hill had almost had an unbeaten season winning 16 of their 17-games, facing defeat against Canning Town back in October. Upon the return, they were in a title-race with Basildon, but pulled away with 9-wins since the start of April, including a 3-0 win over Basildon and two-home walkovers, while scoring 25 and conceded 5 in 9-games.

Ongar Town were also promoted from Essex Olympian Division One after a terrific season, remaining unbeaten with a game to go on the final day. Town will replace Buckhurst in the top-division after holding an 8-point lead over Galleywood, with only one game to go. A 2-2 draw against Toby and a 1-all draw with Old Chelmsfordians came in October and December respectively, giving Ongar 13-wins and 2-draws after 15-games, including a 15-0 thrashing of Shoebury Town and a 7-0 win over Herongate Athletic. Having played two-less games since April, Ongar have scored 30 and conceded only 2.

Although the game is labelled the “big match”, the football comes second in what is a fantastic charity match for a great cause and one that is close to the heart of Ongar Town.

Josh Charles was recently diagnosed with bone cancer just below the knee, and as a result would need to undergo chemotherapy and amputation surgery in the coming months. The news has come as a huge shock to everyone who knows Josh, with him being described as a person who is as real as they come and making his friends and family laugh and smile for as long as they can remember. Despite facing the challenges he does, Josh’s mindset throughout has blown those closest to him away, as he demonstrates his character and strength.

Many of his friends have already take part in a challenge, the Jurassic Coast Challenge, in support of both Josh and the Bone Cancer Research Trust. With a target of £30,000, the justgiving page has already received over £29,000, but the fundraising continues to ensure he and his family get the support they need and with half going to the research trust, you can ensure that the fight against cancer continues.

You can donate through the following link:

or you can support Ongar Town’s campaign to raise money for a friend of the club, but attending the match and donating upon entry to the ground. The price for the match will be £5, with half the money going to Josh and the other half being donated towards the trust.

The details of the match can be found below;

Friday 4th June 2021 (KO: 7.45PM)
Charles Charity Cup Final
Buckhurst Hill vs Ongar Town

Parkside (Aveley FC)
Park Lane
South Ockendon
RM15 4PX

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