After scoring the crucial goal last January that resulted in Darlington winning the #NonLeagueChallenge competition that gave the club a friendly game against former Premier League players, it was fitting that Reece Styche was the star of the show yesterday, report The Northern Echo.

He scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win – six months since celebrating a goal against Chorley by jumping into a mound of snow at the side of the pitch.

That game was only played as supporters of the fan-owned club had cleared the pitch of snow on the morning of the match.

Styche’s celebration then went on to poll the most votes in an online competition ran by Marathon Bet to reward the best celebration in non-league football.

As well as £20,000, also part of the prize was a game against a collection of former Premier League players, managed by 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst and organised by Marathon Bet, and many had North-East connections.

Former Sunderland players on show for the Marathon Bet Legends included Marco Gabbiadini, Micky Gray, David Preece, Alan Stubbs, Phil Babb, and ex-Middlesbrough were Danny Mills, Luke Young, George Boateng, Jeremie Aliadiere, Yakubu while former Newcastle United winger Ruel Fox turned out too.

Read more: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk

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