Every February, the Royal School of Mines (London) play their rivals the Camborne School of Mines (Cornwall) in a football match that has charity fundraising at its core. This year the match was in London. 

The Bottle Match is a rugby tradition that dates back more than 120 years. It has since grown to include football, netball and squash as well as men’s and women’s hockey.

The first half saw both teams even each other out, with chances at either end. Twenty minutes in, CSM gave away a penalty following a handball, however the RSM captain missed. Soon after, right winger Ted Gustard scored for CSM. The result remained 1-0 at half time. 

In the second half, CSM scored another goal, thanks to left winger Ed Swain. 

CSM won the Bottle Match for the second year running with a 2-0 result.

Vice Captain and right wing-back Jack Geldard told Truthfal: “The team is absolutely thrilled about the win. For us, the Bottle Match is our biggest game of the year so when we beat RSM it felt brilliant.”

He adds: “There was also a real sense of pride as following the rugby, the football match is the second biggest event of the weekend. To win in front of our fellow CSM members, friends and family, and to retain the trophy for another year was fantastic.”

Left winger and central attacking midfielder, Karlo Jawo said: “It feels amazing to come away with the victory after all the hard work and preparation we put in during training and throughout our season back in Cornwall.” 

To donate to CSM’s fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer UK click here.