Beccles and Bungay footballing rivals clash for a good cause in John Humby Hospital Cup

Bungay captain Thomas Daniels, match officials, Sean Yallop, Thomas Brown and Bradley Fisher along w

Bungay captain Thomas Daniels, match officials, Sean Yallop, Thomas Brown and Bradley Fisher along with Beccles captain Danny Cable. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Two local footballing rivals battled it out for a good cause for the weekend, in this season's only Beccles-Bungay Derby.

Former Norwich City player Rob Newman and Matthew Humby present the cup to Beccles Town captain Dann

Former Norwich City player Rob Newman and Matthew Humby present the cup to Beccles Town captain Danny Cable. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In an annual tradition, Beccles Town and Bungay Town met in the John Humby Hospital Cup, raising money for Beccles Hospital.

Beccles celebrate a goal. Picture: Nick Butcher

Beccles celebrate a goal. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

This year's contest, however, had extra significance for the two local rivals, following the Wherrymen's promotion to the Anglian Combination Premier Division.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

This meant that provided their fates are not brought together in cup competition, it would be the only time the two sides meet this season.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

For this reason, both sides appeared to be thoroughly motivated for the occasion, resulting in a tightly-fought, competitive contest.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

In the end, first half goals from Keiron Bale and Billy Shaw were enough to give the home side a 2-1 victory, with Aiden Lowe pulling one back for the Black Dogs after the break.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mark Allen, webmaster for Beccles Town, said: 'It was another fantastic day at the club and what better way to celebrate the amazing transformation of College Meadow and raise money for the hospital than with a derby win.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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'There was an amazing atmosphere on the day with more than 200 people coming along and the weather was kind to us as well.'

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
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Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. A large crowd watching the local derby. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The contest was also the first time many Beccles supporters were able to see the newly renovated College Meadow, which has seen such improvements as rebuilt dugouts, new drainage, and spectator rails.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The charity match was also held in memory of former manager and secretary John Humby, who died in December 2014 and was nicknamed 'Mr Beccles Town FC'.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Winners Beccles Town
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Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Winners Beccles Town Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Peggy Humby, his wife, said: 'John would have been so very proud to see what has been achieved down here, he really would, it's just an incredible transformation and in just a few months too.'

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Proceeds from the gate were donated to Beccles Hospital - as is the tradition with the contest - along with money from collection buckets on the day.

A good sized crowd watching the local derby.
Picture: Nick Butcher

A good sized crowd watching the local derby. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

After the match, former Norwich City defender Rob Newman presented the trophy to Beccles captain Danny Cable.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A grand total of £661 was raised on the day.

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
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Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. A large crowd watching the local derby. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
A large crowd watching the loc

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. A large crowd watching the local derby. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town.
A large crowd watching the loc

Action from the John Humby Cup between Beccles Town and Bungay Town. A large crowd watching the local derby. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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