The Middlesex FA has signed the Government's Charter for Action Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport and celebrated with a challenge match between a Middlesex FA XI and Stonewall FC, played at North Greenford United last night.
The match was a fast-paced and well-contested game, which was eventually won 3-0 by Middlesex FA.
There were no goals during the first half, although both teams had chances to break the deadlock.
The scoring was opened in the second half when a fine pass from Coulthard sent Ryan Upton clear, with the striker finishing tidily. Middlesex were then awarded a penalty, but Matt Coulthard's spot-kick was saved.Upton then put his team two goals ahead, heading in a Paul Leslie cross.
Rob Parillon then made it 3-0 with a spectacular long-range strike. Middlesex FA were awarded a second penalty late in the game, but Ray Herb's effort was saved.
Speaking after the match, Middlesex FA Chief Executive Peter Clayton observed: "This match has been an excellent advert for football in Middlesex, having been played in a good spirit and with high skill levels. But what is really important is what the match represents, specifically our long-standing commitment to developing football for all. We are delighted to sign the Charter for Action, which underpins the work we have done over many years to try and ensure the game is open to anyone, regardless of their age, gender or whether they have a disability."
The two teams line up before the game, alongside the match officials and Peter Clayton and Doug Douglas of Middlesex FA.