Sportspy Reports – Sunday March 4th 2007.

Out on a wet and windy Commonedge Road watching the Division 2 Cup Quarter final between West Coast Tackle Postal FC and Talbot Sports & Social Club FC.  Both teams were next door to each other in the top four of the 2A table and since Christmas the league points had been shared with a win apiece.  Who would progress through to the semis this morning?  Pictures from some of the other games are also included.

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Blackpool Rangers FC may have the Division 2A title all but sewn up but going into March there are still six sides below them that still fancy themselves for a runners up spot that would bring both possible promotion to Division 1 and an evening of celebration at the Layton Institute in May.

Two of those teams met at Commonedge Road this morning in the Quarter Finals of the Division 2 Cup.  West Coast Tackle Postal FC were fourth in the table this morning two points behind this morning's opponents Talbot Sports & Social Club Fc but with a game in hand.  In the 2004/05 season West Coast were relegated from Division 1.  They'd finished in thirteenth a place ahead of bottom club Singleton Village.  Last season they regrouped and had a decent first season in 2A where they eventually finished in sixth position.

After an inconsistent start they've improved as the season's gone on.  In the last eight games they've only been beaten once.  Coming back from 4-1 down against Claremont to draw 4-4 in a recent league game epitomised the recent spirit and commitment that's been shown.  In the Gledhill a first round bye was followed by a tough match against Fleetwood Cricket Club.  After a 3-3 draw they eventually succumbed 6-2 in the replay. 

To reach today's Quarter Final they thrashed Great Eccleston 7-1 in Round 1 and then had to overcome Brannigans Reserves 3-2 away in Round 2.  Daryl Prance's team were in good form and semi-final place today was a distinct possibility.

The last side to beat West Coast were today's opponents Talbot Sports & Social Club FC who won 2-1 in early February.  This was in revenge for a 4-2 league defeat they'd endured at the hands of West Coast on the first Sunday after Christmas.  Last season West Coast had the edge with two exciting 4-3 league wins but Talbot had the last laugh as they finished three points ahead of them in fifth.  Finishing fifth in the table was an excellent achievement as they'd only been promoted from Division 3A the previous season.  Currently, they're third in the table and if he Squirrel do slip up then Tony Dugdale's Talbot look good bets to secure runners up spot. 

In this season's Gledhill they reached Round 2.  In early August they beat Pump & Truncheon Celtic FC in Round 1 before being beaten 3-2 by Inkmasters FC in the next Round.  They've reached the last eight of this competition by getting past Inkmasters in Round 1 before causing a big shock in Round 2 after beating the much fancied Division 2B leaders Progress Properies 2-1 at today's venue.

Out on Pitch 1 this morning which was in a terrible state prior to Christmas but credit where it's due and better late than never the council have worked hard to vastly improve the pitches at Commonedge in recent weeks.  Our official for this morning's game was Dale Harvey and he got us punctually underway with the Talbot in their Red Blue strip kicking off towards the sea.  Very cold and windy with the rain coming in from the South East.

Talbot Sports & Social Club FC 2006/07

West Coast Tackle Postal FC 2006/07.

The Talbot kick off.

Big Thomas Bool (Right) scores goals wherever he goes in the lower Divisions.

The Talbot had the advantage of the worsening wind and on ten minutes good pressure resulted in a corner.  Like most of the goals scored at Commonedge this morning the ball was swung in on the wind by Danny Worth and Matthew Beaumont got on the end of it to open the scoring.  In the above picture West Coast set up for the corner but it wasn't good enough as seen in the picture below. 1-0

Beaumont (Centre) is the first to react as he heads past Jay Irving.

The Commonedge wind destroys its latest umbrella.  Not the first and certainly not the last.

The Talbot though that they'd increased the lead after Roy Whatmough finished well after a good break upfield but the celebrations captured above were cruelly cut short as the referee in conjunction with the liner over-ruled it – Harsh.

There's a long delay at Collins Park as an ambulance is required in the Quilligans v Littleborough Champions league tie.  A Littleborough player unfortunately suffered a broken leg.

Chris Brooke (Left)

Despite being up against the elements West Coast were playing dome very good football on the deck.  The front two were working well and it was of little surprise when the light blues equalised on 32 minutes.  A clever reverse pass from new boy Darren sent Jordan Wylie clean through and he made no mistake in slotting it past Talbot keeper Neil Dugdale. 1-1

Talented keeper Neil Dugdale is beaten for the equaliser.

Steve 'Bobby' Bonser (Left)

Eight minutes later and West Coast were ahead.  The pen and paper were now useless in the rain but I think it was a corner from Wylie that found Bonser unmarked on the edge of the box.  He waited patiently for the ball to drop before unleashing a class volley past Dugdale.  Surely one of the goals of the day by the in-form striker. 1-2.

Mr Harvey shows some minor concern for the injured West Coast player.

Prance guards the post.

Half time score :  Talbot Sports & Social Club FC 1-2 West Coast Tackle Postal FC

Talbot manager and linesman Tony Dugdale.

During the half time team talk Talbot players admitted that they'd 'wasted the wind'.  Still, there was only one goal in it but if there was to be a way back for a place in the last four they had to play well against it as well as staying tight defensively.  After only three minutes of the second period their plans were undone when Ben 'Dutch' Holland headed in a Chris Brooke corner for West Coast.  1-3.

Holland (8) nods it past Dugdale.

Ten minutes later and it was all over.  Dreadful defending in the middle of the park from Talbot left Jordan Wylie clear through on goal.  He tried to take it around Dugdale but he was stopped in his tracks by the keeper.  Referee Harvey deemed it a foul – Penalty.  Few complaints from the Talbot boys and Mr Harvey showed good commonsense in keeping his cards dry.  In the picture below Wylie scores to make it 1-4.

Wylie converts from eight yards.

Loyal West Coast supporters – cold, wet but happy.

There was no way back for Talbot so in an attempt to regain some feeling in my legs I decided to leave them to it and have a walk round.  It was a pity that the weather spoiled this morning's Division 2 Cup Quarter finals but take nothing away from West Coast they played great today, especially against the wind in the first half and more than deserved the victory.  Their run of good form continues.  They'll play Fylde Coast Gates in the semis who beat the Central Club 4-0 on the adjoining pitch.  Talbot still have runners up spot to play for.

Full time score :  Talbot Sports & Social Club FC 1 – 4 West Coast Tackle Postal FC

Brave man !  The Central Club player not happy at being subbed after his side had just gone 2-0 down to Fylde Coast Gates with one of best goals of the day.

Brunswick (Blue) and Fairhaven await the corner in the big 3B clash.  They needn't have bothered as the woeful kick ended up in the ditch.  An important 4-2 win for Brunswick nevertheless.

Sunday football at Commonedge in the wind and rain.  Soaked Brannigans' Reserves manager Guy Gillespie struggles to see the positive side as his team go down 3-1 to Fleetwood Kings.

The corner flag arches in the wind as the Kings player tries to tee up the ball.  Shovels v Saddle (2B) in the background.

Worryingly, the Marshall Court keeper is down for a good few minutes after clashing with a Great Eccleston forward.  Fortunately, he was eventually back on his feet.  Great Eccleston in good form after winning 4-0.  Is that the Marshall manager (Far right) making a rare outing?

Royal FC go close against McKenzies Estates in Division 3B

McKenzies put up a decent performance but it wasn't enough to stop a 2-0 defeat.

Trying to keep warm at all sartorial costs – The Royal liner Mark Kelly attempts to keep out the chill.

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