THE Newport County AFC youth academy team will play in a special friendly match against RTB Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on Wednesday night (kick-off 7pm).

Ebbw Vale will be charging £2 entry per person, with match programme included, and there will also be bucket collections during the game to raise money for the Joe Hendy Fund.

Hendy is a 39-year-old mother-of-two from Cwm who has been refused cancer treatment after her tumours returned.

She is battling the disease for the fourth time after hearing the devastating news that the tumours in her liver had started to grow again.

She was told she needed to have further chemotherapy, but funding for a drug recommended by her oncologist – which is not yet readily available on the market – has since been refused by the NHS.

Joe was left without hope until a fundraising page was set up by a close friend on Facebook in a bid to raise the £20,000 she desperately needs to pay for treatment.