|In the hot sunshine at Boundary Park this morning watching the four second round Gledhill Cup ties.|
Great weather for watching football this morning, maybe not for playing. Four second round Gledhill ties on offer with a chance of one or two upsets. Layton Institute, top of Division 1, were at home to Tec and Elec FC of Division 3B. Layton had received a round 1 bye whilst I'd witnessed Tec and Elec comfortably dispose of TSC FC in the opening round.
Referee Kelvyn Dyson in charge of this one. (Layton in the red shirts.)
Layton's Tony 'Tosh' Swallow on the scoresheet today.
Layton's Mark Meehan
I managed to see most of the second half of this one. Tec and Elec had played well in the first half keeping their higher league opponents down to only 1-0 at the interval. After seventy minutes the Tec boys began to tire and Layton's experience and added fitness began to tell. On seventy minutes a free-kick was headed off the line but Fallows followed up to score. It looked as though the free-kick may have gone directly in but Fallows made doubly sure. Five minutes later and a good one-two in the box ended with Swallow dancing around the keeper to score another.Not to be outdone Meehan also took it on and beat the keeper to increase Layton's lead. “The best goal of the game” (Meehan's words not mine). Layton were now running riot but Tec and Elec deserved credit for never giving up and at 6-0 down Danny Corbishley scored a worthy late consolation. Layton safely through to round 3 where they'll meet last season's losing finalists SFC Poulton.
Mark Meehan threatens but thankfully struggles to get his shirt off after scoring. He's congratulated by Swallow.
Layton's hat-trick hero Tony Swallow (Left) alongside fellow goal scorer Marc 'Funky' Fallows.
On the adjacent pitch we had an 'All Division 3A affair' as the Blackpool Catholic Club entertained the Newton Arms. Both teams have struggled early season. Only a point separated Newton in eleventh from Catholic who were in twelfth. The sides had already met in the league back in mid August when the Catholic Club ran out 5-0 winners.
Both sides turned up with white kits. Newton Arms FC were left with little choice to swap their brand new kit with the blue one of Progress Properties FC.
A crowded penalty area awaits a Newton Arm's free-kick.
Miss Halpin gives a clear signal.
When I arrived at half time the Catholic Club were 4-1 up and the Newton players were receiving a constructive half time team talk. Newton pulled a goal back and were pushing forward well. As they got more offensive they began to leave big gaps at the back and on 75 minutes Catholic Club capitolised and went 5-2 ahead. Five minutes later Steve Wright got on the end of a quick free kick and went on unopposed and slid it under the keeper. The same player scored another from a similar position as the Newton defense again went Awol but still managed to claw another one back to make the final score 7-3 in Blackpool Catholic Club's favour. They now go on to meet Division 2B's Fleetwood Kings in round 3.
The Squirrel are stuggling for players this season through injuries and absences. The Division 1 outfit were still without a win down in twelfth in the table. They'd received a bye in round 1. Today's opponents were AFC Dunes of Division 3A. Manager Danny Hugo and his team have got off to a decent start and are presently sixth in the Division. They made it through to round 2 after a convincing 4-1 win over D & T Waste FC.
Squirrel FC in the red and white hoops today.
I'd noticed from recent results that Gary Adams had signed for AFC Dunes from last season's succesful and promoted Division 1 side the Sanctuary. He's been banging the goals in and looked dangerous in the early stages. Fifteen minutes into the game AFC Dunes won a corner. The Squirrel defenders were ball watching and left Adams completely unmarked at the far post. He controlled the ball, flicked it over a defender and lashed it into the roof of the net. How his old team missed him this morning. Dunes were 1-0 up at half time and went on to win the match 2-0. True, they were under a bit of pressure in the second half but marshalled by skipper Matthew Raybold at the back they held out well for a memorable win. Definitely one of the upsets of the day. AFC Dunes face a tough game at home to Premier Division side the Clarence FC in round 3.
Finally at Boundary Park we had one of the best looking ties of the day as Division 2B's Christ the King met in form Division 3B side Progress Properties. CTK were riding high in second position. They'd beaten the Links Hotel in round 1. Opponents Progress were in third in Division 3B and going well. In round 1 of this competition they put out Wrea Green in Round 1 following a 3-2 victory.
I saw the last twenty minutes of the first half in this one. As expected it was close and entertaining. On 37 minutes Progress took the lead. Barney Woolcock, just off a night flight from Ibiza, unleashed a twenty five hard screamer that flew into the top corner, the CTK keeper never moved. 0-1.
The Progress players celebrate Barney Woolcock's memorable opener.
As the half time whistle approached the Progress defence lost concentration and gave the ball away to CTK's danger man Peter Clarkson. The Mechanics starlet cut inside and hit a left foot shot. It looked as though keeper Howell would deal with it comfortably but the ball hit a divot and viciously bounced over him. Very lucky for Clarkson, unlucky for Progress. Level at half time but in the second period Progress wilted in the heat and Christ the King strolled to a 4-1 victory. in round 3 player manager Scott Buchanan and his side face a home match against the Burlington.