Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two Ruther­glen or­gan­i­sa­tions came to­gether at the week­end to sup­port a wor­thy char­i­ta­ble cause with a seven- a- side football match.

But there was lit­tle Chris­tian char­ity on of­fer from the Burn­side Blair­beth Church side who handed out a thrash­ing to a team from the lo­cal branch of the Scot­tish So­cial­ist Party.

The church side mer­ci­lessly crushed their op­po­nents 15-3 in the match at Stonelaw.

How­ever, the real win­ners will be the Trus­sell Trust, the vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion who de­liver food­bank ser­vices across the UK in­clud­ing the one in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

The SSP ac­tu­ally started brightly when tow­er­ing striker Sean Bail­lie, show­ing a great touch for a big man, danced past two op­po­si­tion play­ers and slot­ted past the goal­keeper.

This proved a rare high­light for the So­cial­ists as the Chris­tians took con­trol of the game and raced into a 5-1 half­time lead.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Charles Neil and Gor­don Wynne racked up the goals for Burn­side Blair­beth Church de­spite the best ef­forts of David McCle­mont in goal for the SSP.

While the match was a bit of fun, there was a se­ri­ous mes­sage at the end of it.

Burn­side Blair­beth Cap­tain Gary Wylie, one of the few Blair­beth play­ers not to get on the score sheet, said: “We thor­oughly en­joyed play­ing in the match es­pe­cially to sup­port the lo­cal food­bank and the work that goes on there.”

David McCle­mont cap­tain­ing the SSP and or­gan­iser of the match, added: “We were sad to learn re­cently that peo­ple in our lo­cal com­mu­nity are forced to rely more and more on food­banks just to make sure their fam­i­lies have enough to eat.

“Those who vol­un­teer and run food banks do an amaz­ing job but we are in no doubt that food banks only ex­ist on our doorsteps as a re­sult of Tory Gov­ern­ment pol­icy to slash public ser­vices and drive down wages.

“The fact that in 2013/14 around one fifth of food bank re­fer­rals in the UK were as a re­sult of low in­comes is a na­tional scan­dal.

“Imag­ine work­ing all week and still not hav­ing enough to feed your fam­ily. This is clear ev­i­dence that our low pay, zero hours work cul­ture is hit­ting the poor­est peo­ple in our so­ci­ety hard­est.

“I’d like to con­grat­u­late Burn­side Blair­beth Church on their well-de­served vic­tory but hope­fully the Trus­sell Trust will be the real win­ners as I hope to make this char­ity match an an­nual event.”

The red team The lo­cal branch of the SSP...although there were fewer smiles af­ter the match

One up The SSP celebrate their open­ing goal, but that was as good as it got for them

Pray­ing for goal The vic­to­ri­ous Burn­side Blair­beth Church team

Goal Sean Bail­lie opens the scor­ing in the char­ity match

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