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Ice hockey: Deeside Dragons dig deep to support Help for Heroes with Flintshire Phantoms

ONE Deeside Dragons fan was handed the opportunity to turn out for the club he supports on Sunday as Steve Fellows’ side played a charity match in aid of armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Dragons supporter Jamie Scarratt was given the chance to play as goaltender for the side as they took on Jamie’s regular team Flintshire Phantoms at Deeside Ice Rink.

The Phantoms play recreationally and their squad features both men and women and between them the teams put on a fun, if one sided, match.

As part of the fundraising effort spectators also saw Deeside Leisure Centre gym instructor Dan Percival have the beard he has grown for 12 months shaved off to raise money.

The game itself, despite the Dragons fielding under 18s players Tom Chong, Lewis Blundell and Harry Harney alongside established stars like Shaun Kippin and Andy Chappell, ended in a comprehensive 15-3 win for the National Ice Hockey League North Two side.

Fellows also drafted in a few guest players, including Dragons U19s coach and former player Lol Paul, former Scottish Premier League player Ross Walker and Jordan Bannon, a former Flintshire Freeze player who this season has featured for Division One North side Blackburn Hawks and English Premier League outfit Telford Tigers.

But more important than the result was the money raised, with more than £1,000 collected for charity.

“It was a great day for everyone and an amazing fundraiser,” said Fellows.

“Dan had raised about £900 by not shaving before the event and we more than doubled the money thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

“It was also nice to put some of the younger players on the ice with the senior guys.

“Games like this are useful in that respect because they allow the club to grow closer and not have a gulf between the youth teams and the senior roster.

“They are our future and we need to make sure that they can fit seamlessly into the side when they come in.”

The Dragons are without a game this weekend but the following week face a challenging double-header away at Solway Sharks in the National League North Cup (West) on Saturday before returning to Deeside on Sunday to take on Fylde Flyers in North Two.

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