Villagers net football world record

William Hurley

William Hurley - Credit: Archant

VILLAGERS have netted a world record after turning out in droves for a 24 hour five-a-side football game.

Harry Renner-Bennett and Ben Weatherill

Harry Renner-Bennett and Ben Weatherill - Credit: Archant

Pirton residents Philip and Ashling Turner organised the tournament, which attracted 557 players – a new world record, if verified.

People turned out for last Saturday and Sunday’s game at Pirton Recreation Ground, with the oldest player a 93-year-old woman and the youngest three-years-old.

When the final whistle blew at 9am on Sunday, the score was 350-207.

“It was fantastic, and the community support was absolutely incredible,” said Mr Turner.

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“We managed to break the record at about 8.45am on Sunday morning, it was very touch and go. There was a great atmosphere towards the end.”

Evidence has been sent to Guinness World Records, which will decide if the record should officially stand.

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Sponsorship raised from the event – estimated to be about £3,000 – will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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