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Hundreds of people gathered in Ashbourne to take part in the annual Shrovetide Football Match, which is a tradition dating back to the 12th century.

The two-day game is played between the Up’ards, those born north of the River Henmore that divides the town, and the Down’ards who come from the south of the river.

The aim is to move the ball towards goals which are 5kms apart.Nobody scored after the end of the action on Wednesday but the thinly refereed match was won by the Up’ards, who had broken the deadlock on Tuesday.

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