In Pictures: Players cool off in annual river football clash

Two five-a-side teams have taken the opportunity to cool off in the annual Football In The River match in the Cotswolds.

Bourton Rovers 1st XI and 2nd XI played the traditional 30-minute bank holiday game in sweltering conditions, with hundreds of spectators looking on from the banks of the river.

Summer weather Aug 26th 2019
Spectators gather ahead of the big match (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
Bourton Rovers 1st team (yellow sleeves) take on Bourton Rovers 2nd team (in solid blue) every August bank holiday (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
The action takes place in the chilly River Windrush (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
Swimming caps are optional (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
Spectators get up close at their own risk (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
A goalmouth scramble (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
Sometimes the action is too much for slightly flimsy goals (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
A shot is fired in (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
Ball control can be notoriously tricky (Ben Birchall/PA)
Annual Football in the River match
The 1st XI celebrate (Ben Birchall/PA)
Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS