Plymouth Argyle players rise to the Red Nose baking challenge
ARGYLE players couldn't wait to play ball and support Comic Relief.
Four of the players staged an international friendly to rise to the occasion by showing off their baking skills.
Striker Ronan Murray and fellow Irishman goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin took on their English team-mates striker Nick Chadwick and defender Curtis Nelson.
The lads made more than a half-baked attempt at making Red Nose Day inspired cupcakes to encourage the people of Plymouth to raise funds.
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Judged by James Greenacre, PAFC's head of hospitality, the winning team was marked on the quality of the bake, the originality of the presentation and how well they embraced the Red Nose theme.
Despite battling a contrary oven, and the level of competitiveness inherent from the start over who should use the weighing scales first, both produced a decent half-dozen cupcakes.
Ronan and Rene choose an Irish decorating theme by icing theirs with an intricate map of Ireland and a pint of Guinness.
Nick and Curtis, after lengthy consultation, delivered a set of Red Nose Day inspired motifs.
And after careful deliberation, and despite Ronan's early promise as the only one properly sifting and weighing his ingredients, the delighted English players were crowned bake-off champions.
Nick said: "Of course the best team won.
"And it was great to win doing something for a good cause."
Not deterred by the loss, Rene said: "It's been a privilege to be involved, doing something for a great cause which will benefit Red Nose Day."
Staging a bake-off is a fun and easy way to raise cash for Comic Relief for Red Nose Day which is on March 15.
To download your bake off kit, visit rednoseday.com.
The Herald has teamed up with Comic Relief and the Devon Community Foundation to dish out £50,000 to deserving causes in Plymouth from the Red Nose Day Community Cash Fund.
We want to hear from any group which benefits the community and feels it could be boosted by a grant of up to £1,000.
To apply for a Comic Relief grant through the Devon Community Foundation, log on to www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/rednose