Premier League legends turn out in force at Wealdstone
PUBLISHED: 16:04 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 05 August 2016
Marathonbet’s Premier League legends came back from 3-0 down to get the better of Gordon Bartlett’s Wealdstone side in a seven-goal thriller on Sunday.
Four goals in quick succession, including braces from second-half substitute Dion Dublin and Stones legend Sean Cronin, ensured the visitors had a day to remember at the Freebets.co.uk Stadium.
The game, which the hosts took 90 per cent of the gate receipts from, came about after the National League South side won Marathonbet’s Non-League Challenge – the hunt to ﬁnd lower league football’s greatest goal celebration, which included none other than Gordon Hill, more commonly known as the ‘Wealdstone Raider’.
The other 10 per cent of proceeds from the day went to charity partner Prostate Cancer UK.
The first half was one-way traffic with Bartlett’s men in cruise control as the legends team, including former Arsenal duo Lauren and Ray Parlour as well as Kevin Davies and Darren Anderton, failed to stamp any kind of authority on the game.
Josh Hutchinson, who joined the Stones from Potters Bar last summer, netted a hat-trick before the interval and the game looked all but out of the legends’ reach.
However, inspired by former Aston Villa striker Dublin, the visitors completed an unlikely and impressive turnaround.
It wasn’t until the 73rd minute when they got their first goal, with former Tottenham winger Ruel Fox racing to the by-line before pulling the ball back for Dublin to score into an empty net.
Two minutes later it was 3-2 as Cronin – who swapped his Wealdstone top for a legends jersey – scored with a delightful chip and, a minute after that, Dublin fired an emphatic drive into the top corner.
With the scores now level, Cronin – who had got married two days previously and postponed his honeymoon to participate in the game – fired a screamer into the top corner to seal victory for the legends.