Gledhill Trophy Round One – Sunday August 19th 2007

Today saw around 32 teams compete in opening round of the 41st Gledhill Trophy – the showcase Sunday League cup competition, ending with a chance to play at Bloomfield Road in May.

With Sportspy taking a well deserved rest, I was left to try and provide some half decent coverage of the opening round of the 41st Gledhill Trophy, whilst trying not to make a mess of his pride and joy.  With the big guns not due to join the competiton until round 3, there was some interesting games on offer.  So off I went around a few of the grounds to try and get some decent pictures for Sportspy's return.

Firstly, I made the short trip to Thornton to watch Inkmasters play Fleetwood Car Centre.  Car Centre had a couple of early chances and it wasn't long before they opened the scoring and within quarter of an hour Inkmasters were three down.  Some notable finishes – firstly from number 10 who strolled through the Inkamsters defence and slid the ball past the keeper, then the number 8 scored a 30 yard lob after the keeper cleared and was stranded in no-mans land.  Finally, the number 7 finished well slotting into the corner.  I left the game with Car Centre well in control, with Inkmasters being kept to long distnce efforts.

I then made the short drive to the idyllic setting of Rossall School to watch last week's 13-2 victors over St. Annes Ex. Service – Pulcinellas.  Albeit a little breezy the big pitch was in fantastic condition.  I arrived with division 2A outfit Squirrel FC leading 2-1.  Shortly after arriving Pulcinellas had a couple of half chances but didn't really trouble the keeper.  However, as half-time approached they seem to gain in conidence and started to play some good stuff.  They got their reward just before the break, when the Squirrel keeper came to claim, he couldn't pouch the ball and it ended up in the back of the net.

Shortly, after the break Pulcinellas took the lead, either side of half-time is a great time to score, and they showed a good attitude to come from behind – they look a good side on the super surface at Rossall.  Sportspy didn't really tip Pulcinellas for this season, and having seen Car Cente today albeit briefly, I fancy Pulcinellas for promotion.

I couldn't see a game being played at Anchorsholme Lane, and if there was they would have probably needed to keep one eye on the archers who were practising on there.  So I drove to Moor Park to watch Bispham Hotel versus Frenchmans Cove.

Upon arrival Frenchmans Cove were 2-1 up and it was difficult to tell who was the Division 3B side.  Moments later Cove increased their lead making no mistake from the penalty spot.  Bispham had a great chance to get a goal back, but the chance went begging when it looked easier to score.  Bispham rued that missed chance as Cove scored another two in quick succession.  Both times they sprung the Bispham offside trap and finished well.  With time running out Bispham made the score more respectable when a deft chip over the Cove keeper reduced the arrears to 5-2, which was the final score.

A good day for the seven or so teams who beat higher league opposition, and congratulations to them.  However, there is a long way to go until Bloomfield Road, plus the big boys join the fray in round 3.

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