Patrick McLoughlin joins in with Auld Lang Syne before turning the ball up on Tuesday
The hug and ball sink into the Henmore as they emerge from the culvert running under the Shaw Croft car park during Tuesday's game
Photographers battle for the best vantage point as the hug heaves around Shaw Croft car park
The Shrovetide ball makes an appearance above the hug
Steam rising from the hug is one of the defining images of Ashbourne Shrovetide Football as temperatures fall and the players endure freezing conditions
Ashbourne Shrovetide Football is not for the faint-hearted! This picture is not as violent as it looks as a player tries to free his arm when he lunges for the ball.
... and it appears that the tactic may have paid off!
'Heave' is the cry as the Up'ards and Down'ards try to move the ball towrds their respective goals - inch by painful inch.
Ellie Smith's photo shows dusk in Ashbourne as play is set to continue into the evening
Richard Walker's photo depicts players battling unaware that, once darkness falls, Tuesday's game will end early with a score from the Down'ards.
The ball breaks free near the Leisure centre as Brendan Harwood (left) helps make a run for the Down'ards)
Rarely, the ball is kicked along the ground - but it will soon get picked up as the Down'ards make a whirlwind run for the Clifton goal. Minutes later, the ball is scored.
And this is a delighted Kevin Clarke returning from Clifton with the ball he scored following that break-away run.
Wednesday's game saw some of the play move into a boggy field just off Mayfield Road - and many players and spectators went headlong into the quagmire.
If looks could kill.....!
Shrovetide Football can sometimes be a lonely game - though modern technology can help keep players in touch with the game.
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