|Starting the new Sunday Football season up at Moor Park, Bispham watching the Division 3B fixture between new clubs Uncle Tom's Cabin FC and Spindles FC.|
Sunday football on the Fylde Coast is back with eighty-one teams bursting with pre-season anticipation. Out on Moor Park with the new camera I made a shameless effort to recruit more visitors to fyldesport.com by checking out two of the twelve new sides that have joined the BFSFA this season.
Uncle Tom's Cabin FC were hosting Spindles FC in a Division 3B league fixture. Fortunately, we've had a bit of rain this past week which is a good job as most pitches were in dire need of a soaking. Pitch 3 at Moor Park looked in decent condition as today's referee John Hornsby got the 2006/07 season underway just after 11am in hot and humid conditions.
Spindles FC 2006/07 (Player manager Adam Pretty back row second right)
Uncle Toms Cabin FC 2006/07 (Manager Steve Mills away on holiday)
Mr Hornsby tosses the coin.
An early skirmish.
Both teams had a good start to the game with the decent surface providing a basis for some good passing movements. On sixteen minutes Tom's had a great chance to take the lead but the striker slotted wide.
“I can't believe I missed it”
The miss was to prove costly as a minute later Liam Hames (Far left) opened the scoring for Spindles.
A communications breakdown for Spindles in the middle of the park.
Great action from the Falcon (Stripes) v Metro Stars (Red) match on the adjoining pitch.
Uncle Toms prepare to defend a free-kick.
Tom's keeper Gaz Phillips.
On forty minutes Tom's equalised slightly against the run of play. It was a mixture of determination by striker Jamie 'Jock' O'Connor and hesitancy by Spindles stopper James Makin as the former won the ball and rolled it into an empty net.
Tom's celebrate their first ever goal in the BFSFA.
“What did that nasty boy call the referees assistant Harry ?”
Just before the break Spindles regained the lead with a speculative Tom Didlock effort from the half way line which deceived Phillips in the Tom's goal.
Half time score : Uncle Tom's Cabin FC 1 – 2 Spindles FC
It was far from easy getting the corner flags in this morning.
Uncle Tom's needed a good start to the half but it wasn't to be as straight from the kick off Spindles moved up field and Danny Heathcote fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner. 1-3
At half time Spindles manager Adam Pretty substituted himself for Anthony Moss (Ex Tec and Elec). The young striker had an immediate impact on the match as his surging run took him past Phillips but the keeper uprooted him and referee Hornsby had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. The bloke in the background has lost something (I hope).
Danny Heathcote sends Phillips the wrong way from the spot. 1-4
Another action shot from the Falcon v Metro Stars game as the ball rolls harmlessly out of play.
Anthony Moss – No number on his back and an ear ring – Breaking the rules on so many levels.
At half time with the score at 2-1 Tom's were still in the game but on 52 minutes they were 4-1 down and looked a beaten team. They were wilting in the heat and many players had their heads down. No mercy from Spindles as on the hour Danny Crumblehulme broke through from the half way line to slot it past Phillips and into the net off the far post. 1-5.
Tom's keeper Phillips can only watch as Crumblehulme's shot goes past him.
A young Alvin Stardust in the background.
Tom's have the ball in the net only to see it ruled out for offside.
Spindles were in full control and breaking menacingly from their own half. Ant Moss timed his run perfectly to get on the end of a neat ball over the top and he finished with style. 1 – 6.
This time Phillips watches it safely go 'that wide'.
More action from the Falcon v Metro Stars pitch as two year old Joshua Edwards son of Falcon supremo Andy Edwards shows some good early ball skills.
Back in the featured game of the day there was still time for Danny Heathcote to score Spindles seventh and his hat trick to put the icing on the cake. 1- 7.
That will do says Mr Hornsby.
In summary this was a great opening day performance from new side Spindles FC and manager Adam Pretty will be a happy man tonight. They were especially good going forward and Ant Moss and Danny Heathcote looked a dangerous pairing who will score many more goals between them this season.
As for Tom's this was a rude awakening to Sunday Morning football. They played fairly well in the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead. In the end their opponents were just too fit for them as they completely dominated the second period. Still, it's early days and there's a long way to go. Good luck to both sides for the rest of the season.
Final score : Uncle Tom's Cabin FC 1 – 7 Spindles FC
Five happy scorers for Spindles FC today – Hat trick hero and Man of the Match Danny Heathcote far right.