At Squires Gate we had a bottom of the table clash between Northern Care FC (Blue) and Clifton Rangers FC in Division 1. Both were on eleven points at the start of play. On September 11th Northern Care won the reverse fixture 2-1 and were out looking for their first double of the season. It was an entertaining first twenty minutes. Northern Care took the lead but Clifton hit back with two quick goals. The goals kept coming but in the end Northern Care were convincing 6-3 winners.
Northern Care take the lead.
Next door on Wren Rovers we had the Premier Division game between Highfield Social and Poulton SFC (Red and black). Highfield were down in tenth and with no win in the last four and more worryingly only one goal scored they were second favourites from the off. Poulton were in fourth and were still playing for a possible runners up spot as well as Gledhill Cup final starting places. At the start of the month Poulton had won the reverse fixture 6-0. When I arrived Poulton were already cruising with a 2-0 lead. After ninety minutes they’d gone one better than the last match racking up seven without reply.
3-0. Highfield keeper Brooks despondent after being beaten by Fulford.
Every vantage point taken.
Poacher turned gamekeeper as Partner Marketing FC’s Gordon Mason takes up the whistle after the designated referee failed to show.
Brooks is almost beaten again as the ball crashes down off the underside of the bar.
Across on Prebonds it was the Reform Health Club at home to Bispham Juniors (White) in the Premier Division. Reform Health Club were in second place at start of play but they’re coming under increasing pressure from Highbury and Poulton. Bispham have had another very good season always hard to beat especially if underestimated. The first fixture between the pair finished 2-2 back in mid January. Once again Reform failed to get their best eleven out on the pitch. Key players Horsfall, Pugh and Muscroft were missing.
At half time they were 1-0 down and for the first twenty minutes of the second half Bispham were looking the stronger side forcing Reform back into their own half. In the end Bispham took all three points with a very creditable 2-1 victory.
Dean Whitehouse (Red) keeps a close watch on Mark Cottam.
Reform keeper Paul Pritchard.
Only one game today at Commonedge Road which was unusual and rather disappointing for the mobile caterer who read his paper instead. Champions CLS Wyre FC (Blue) were away at Fylde Coast Gates in the Divsion 2B clash. It was the final league game for CLS although they still have the Division 2 Cup final against 2A Champions the New Castle to look forward to.
Fylde Coast Gates have had a decent season and look set to finish in fifth spot, a one place improvement on the previous campaign . The reverse fixture back in October had been a one sided affair which CLS won 8-1. Midway through the second half Gates were going well and were more than a match for the Champions with the score at 0-0. Then CLS took the lead. A woeful effort by Paul Bailey almost hit the corner flag but Gates went to sleep as the ball was crossed back in and Bailey redeemed himself with a pass to the far post where one of his team mates was on hand to make it 1-0. Ten minutes later and a defensive howler from Gates allowed Bailey to cut inside the box and smash it past the Gates keeper. 2-0 and that’s how it finished.