A GROUP of Southend United fans battled it out at their beloved Roots Hall to raise funds for mental health charities.

The clash, which saw United FC beat Rydog FC 3-2, raised more than £3,000 for MIND and the Samaritans.

And organiser Rylee Doe - who had organised three previous versions of the game - was delighted to raise a bumper amount for two great causes.

“I’m so grateful to every single person who came out and supported,” said Doe.

“Mental health is such a serious issue in today’s society and I’m happy that it is finally getting the recognition and support it deserves.

“So much time and effort goes into an event like this and the support has been phenomenal and above anything I could’ve expected.

“I had planned to make this the last one but after the huge success, I can reveal I am already in discussions with (Blues striker) Charlie Kelman about making a bigger and better event that will raise even more money for charity.”

Kelman, who lined up for the Shrimpers’ first team last season, refereed Friday’s clash and saw RFC race into a 2-0 lead with goals from Kieran Staggs and Kieran Jones.

RFC fought back with Mitch Goddard firing home from close range after Dan Thomas’ penalty had been saved before an own goal from centre-back Teddy Baker levelled the scores. A free-kick from Charlie Jarvis then secured victory for UFC despite Kelman jokingly showing them two red cards towards the end.