It was a pre-season match with a difference for a Northampton girls' U13s football team who turned out to find they were up against the Deco Theatre's entire pantomime cast.
Welland Valley U13s girls' team were shocked this week when they stepped onto the pitch in Ladybridge Park to find they were facing Cinderella, Buttons and the Ugly Sisters.
The panto crew - who will appear at Northampton's Deco Theatre this Christmas - even secured two goals against the girls until a dramatic saw Welland Valley equalise for a 2-2 finish.
The seven-a-side football match will be the main feature of a promotional film ahead of the pantomime this year after the girls won a Deco competition.
Welland Valley coach Rob Golding said: "It was fantastic fun and the girls loved every minute of it. We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen to appear in the video. The cast were all a pleasure to be with and we’re all really looking forward to meeting up again with them in December when we go to see the panto."
‘Cinderella’ at The Deco runs from December 7 to 29 this year. For tickets, visit the Deco website or call the box office on 01604 491005.