NORTH Gloucestershire Division Two Longhope faced off against Ruardean Utd – one of the trio of teams to take all three points from them earlier in the season.

Proceedings started with a minute’s applause in memory of lifetime Longhope supporter Eddie Clark who passed away on March 6 and the club dedicated the win to him 

His grandsons Robbie and Steve Clark played in Saturday’s game and his sons Tracy and Wayne also played for the club.

Robbie said: "It was a very emotional day for my brother and I. It was very strange looking up and not seeing him watching. I'm glad we got the win, the boys and the club have been great this week".

Longhope started strongly with midfielder Pete Webb storming through the Ruardean midfield, chipping a delicate ball through to in-form striker Rick May who slotted into the corner for the first of six goals.

The home side were then awarded two quick penalties, fittingly converted by the Clark brothers.

Ruardean soaked up some more early pressure. Skipper Daniel Reid winning some important headers and putting in some strong challenges.

Longhope winger Rufat Dida wriggled through the Ruardean back line, placing a shot to left of Jason Peake to score.

Ruardean pulled a goal back just before the half with arguably the goal of the game – a Josh Street rocket from the edge of the box.

Second half goals from Pete Webb and Nathan Gwilliam rounded off a 6-1 win for Longhope.

Into the second half, Man of the Match Pete Webb broke free and scored a well deserved goal. Nathan Gwillaim rounded off the scoring with a late effort.

Ben Andrews thought he'd scored a seventh, but the ref ruled that the ball hit his hand before he put it in the net.