Baldock teams in 10-goal thriller in memory of teenager who died of brain tumour

Glenn Pearce's team lost out on penalties after a 5-5 thriller in at North Herts Arena. Lewis Blenki

Glenn Pearce's team lost out on penalties after a 5-5 thriller in at North Herts Arena. Lewis Blenkin is on the right of the goalkeeper. - Credit: Archant

Two teams played their part in a 10-goal thriller last weekend in memory of a football-loving teenager who died of a brain tumour.

Joe Lee's team came out on topon penaltie after a 5-5 thriller.

Joe Lee's team came out on topon penaltie after a 5-5 thriller. - Credit: Archant

Friends of Harkanwal Singh Mann, who lost his battle with cancer in February 2007 at the age of 19, came together at the North Herts Arena in Baldock last Saturday for a charity game in his honour.

A side led by Joe Lee – who went to Baldock’s Knights Templar School with Harkanwal – won a penalty shoot-out against fellow former student Glenn Pearce’s outfit following a 5-5 draw, all to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The event for Harkanwal – known to many as Harky – was organised by another of his friends, Lewis Blenkin, who has set up a Just Giving page which has so far seen more than £1,500 donated to the cause.

Players paid £10 to take part in the game and there was also food, drinks, and a raffle to raise further funds.


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Lewis said: “We started this charity match last year for the first time after people left university as it was easier to get people together. We decided to organise a football match as he played with many of us in his teens for Baldock Crusaders, as well as Knights Templar School. He loved playing football and that is why we chose a football match.

“The day was a great success. Harkanwal used to love days like that at North Herts Arena where we would play five-a-side in the summer and have food afterwards. As he was a Liverpool fan, to see a side 5-1 down at half-time and then win on penalties was perfectly fitting.

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“This year had a lot to live up to after a 4-3 thriller, amazing food and raising £1,300 last year. But I think we topped it this year as the match went very well and we had a great turn-out within the stadium.”

To make a donation in memory of Harkanwal visit www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Blenkin14.

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