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Arsenal Charity Team takes on Stand Out For Autism XI

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Actors, former professional players and even an Advertiser reporter were among the footballers who lined up to take part in a charity match at the home of Maidenhead United.

A crowd of about 800 crammed into the York Road ground in the centre of town for the event, which also featured stalls and live music, between an Arsenal FC Legends side and a team representing Maidenhead-based Stand Out For Autism.

The organisation made the home advantage tell quickly and with the help of Maidenhead United’s Mark Nisbet and Harry Pritchard bagged a 2-0 lead before being pegged back to 2-2, only to go in at the break 4-3 up.

However, the switch of the Advertiser’s sports guru Dan Darlington from the hosts to the red-kitted visitors, which included Royle Family actor Ralf Little, looked to swing the game, as Arsenal clinched a 6-4 victory.

They raised the David Pearcy Memorial Trophy, who used to work at the Advertiser with one of the game’s organisers, distribution manager Andrew Farley.

Speaking after the game, Maidenhead United chairman Peter Griffin, who also played in the match, said: “I thought it was all fantastic.

“We hosted it, but it was all Holly [Stand Out For Autism founder Holly Clarke] who organised it and on and off the pitch everything was great.

“We had a really decent crowd down for it too and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

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