Actors from TV soap Hollyoaks proved they had the ball skills as well as the looks at a charity football match in Oxford.

The actors thrashed Fox FM's team 7-3 in front of 2,000 people at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A predominantly female crowd raised about £5,000 through gate receipts, which will be split between Help an Oxfordshire Child, South Central NHS Ambulance Trust and the Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Actors Nick Pickard, who plays Tony Hutchinson, and Ricky Whittle, who plays Calvin Valentine, were among the victorious TV stars.

The Hollyoaks stars, who wore all white, were 3-2 down at half-time before staging a comeback against the tiring Fox FM team.

Nick said: "All the lads love playing football. It was a lovely atmosphere. It was nice everyone came out because it was not the best of days."

Phil Olivier, 28, who plays Adam Tyler in Hollyoaks: In the City said: "There was a nice turnout, which was good.

"We do this quite regularly - last year we used to go out to a nightclub the night before and play on the Sunday but we don't do that any more. This year we are dynamite."Stephen Uppal poses for the camera with fans Siobahn Smith, 19, from Milton-under-Wychwood was among the fans trying to get a glimpse of their TV idols.

She said: "Calvin and Darren (Ashley Taylor-Dawson) are my favourites.

"I thought Nico Mirallegro who plays Newt was quite good."

Her pal Kim Spencer, 26, from Ascott-under-Wychwood, said: "It has been really good. I wanted to see the Hollyoaks men.

"My favourite was Calvin, but now it is Tony having seen him in the flesh."

Teresa Thompson, charity and community manager for Help an Oxfordshire Child, said: "I was really pleased with the turnout considering the weather."

Simon Ross, Fox FM afternoon presenter and team captain, said: "We have been blown away by the amount of people that came out to support us.

"I loved the atmosphere. The only problem was the fans seemed to be supporting the Hollyoaks men instead of us.

"They had the pretty boys - but we had the age and experience."