FRIENDS, family and former team-mates marked Gareth Jones’ Testimonial on Friday night.

Jones was the star of the show as Guilsfield hosted Welshpool Town to thank him for 17 years of unbroken service to the club prior to taking up a coaching role as MMP-NL Mid Wales League One side Caersws this summer.

The match raised £655 for the Ronald McDonalds House charity at Arrowe Park, a cause close to the heart of Jones and partner Carly whose twin children spent 100 days in intensive care in 2015.

Jones said: “Huge credit must go to Nathan Leonard for organising the fixture with both clubs agreeing to be part of the testimonial.”

The evening proved a roll call of past Guils greats to have lined-up alongside Jones during the club’s rise from Montgomeryshire League minnows to the Huws Gray Alliance.

In the second-half the Guilsfield Old Boys took on Welshpool Town and prevailed 6-4 winners.

Jones said: “It was a magical evening for the club.

“Seeing so many people at Clos Mytton and re-uniting players who have contributed to retaining the Guils status in the Huws Gray Alliance and other successes over the years was fantastic.

“It was a celebration of how well the club, committee and everyone involved has done over the past 17 years when many believed we couldn’t.

“Receiving a cheque for £655 at the end of the game was unbelievable and thanks to all who donated and attended.

“Being a Guilsfield lad and receiving a standing ovation just before the final whistle will remain with me forever.

“It was possibly the most enjoyable night of my career to date, particularly being on the same field as my father and brother for only the second time ever.”