FORMER Cherries star Darren Anderton is among the big names set to feature in a stellar football match against a team of Dorset and Hampshire non-league legends on Sunday.

The fixture is the first for the recently launched Lashings FC, which is run by the same group who organise the Lashings World XI cricket side.

The match is set for a 3pm kick-off at Poole Town’s Black Gold Stadium.

Lashings FC’s team is set to include former Tottenham star Anderton and Arsenal favourite Paul Merson, as well as a host of Cherries greats.

The non-league legends side is set to be managed by former Gosport and Wimborne Town boss Alex Pike. He has assembled a 25-man squad of players spanning back decades.

The proceeds from the day, which also includes a Q and A session and race night, will be split between Poole Town and Lashings World XI Foundation.

Match tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s, with a match and race night package available for £15.

Poole Town chairman Chris Reeves said: “Alex (Pike) was manager of Gosport for 12 years. He was Gosport’s answer to (Poole manager) Tommy Killick and he’s put together a squad of 25 players that are like a semi-professional who’s who.

“It’s going to be a great reunion for the 25 players in the non-league side.

“Then you add in some of the household names that are going to be playing and also a whole clutch of Bournemouth household names which we’re hoping will provide added local appeal.

“It’s going to be a very important fundraiser for us.”

The Lashings sports teams are headed up by directors David Fitzgerald, Scott Charlton and James Oakley, with the latter overseeing the football side.

“With the success of the cricket team, it made so much sense for us to put a football team together,” Mr Oakley said.

“We took over the operation from the previous owners and are Bournemouth born and bred so it was logical to start with matches on the south coast.”

Lashings FC have games at AFC Totton and New Milton Town in the coming weeks in a triple header of events.

Mr Oakley added: “We were keen to make it an affordable event for families and hopefully it will be something everyone enjoys. We would like to make it an annual fixture held at Poole.”

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