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Run Free in seventh heaven after first ever match

RUN Free United were in seventh heaven after taking part in their first ever football match.

After months of training, the team saw off Southend & EMT 7-3 in an entertaining encounter at Garon Park.

And it was another evening to remember for Run Free co-founder Eddy Cooper who himself bagged a brace in the win.

I thought the game was great fun, and everyone seemed to enjoy it, which was a lot of what it was about of course,” said Eddy.

“From Amy's crunching tackle to the opposition’s solo goal, and Jack's one handed save to Chris' celebration, there were a lot of entertaining moments!”

The match came after Run Free had been put through their paces by a number of ex Southend United stars in training.

And it was yet another example of just how far the organisation has come since being formed earlier this year.

“Since starting up back in March I just can't believe how far our little group has come,” said Eddy.

"It really feels like a family and that's the environment we set out to create right form the very start.

“Donning the RFU shirt was a very proud and emotional moment for me.

“It really does prove that you can help people even in your lowest moments, and that in-turn has really helped me.”

Bradley James scored a hat-trick for Run Free in the victory while Scott Wheeler and Chris Phillips were also on target.

And Eddy was keen to thank those who made hosting the match possible.

“We must say a big thank you to our sponsors for helping with everything from sorting out the kit, , our recording equipment and everything else that they make possible,” said Eddy.

“That’s Paul Robinson Solicitors, Stateside Shirts and MSPFX,

“We must also say thank you to Sarah Franklin and her husband Paul for helping us organise and run the events we have already and Southend as well for agreeing to play us at short notice.

“Thanks to Bradley James for chucking himself in and getting heavily involved and most importantly to our other friends and family for getting behind us with everything we've done, not just with the game on Friday.”

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