Sportspy Reports – Sunday September 23rd 2007.

In the gloom at Commonedge calling in on a number of the matches being played.  Not the best of days for photographs and what happened to Cash & Carry Kitchens v Pulcinellas?

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Very much an autumnal feel at 'The Edge' this morning.  The heavy midweek rain had been good for the surface.  Unusual conditions at Commonedge this morning with a rare South Westerly mild wind and light rain making it look a lot worse than it actually was.  All set then for a top Sunday morning of grassroots football action. 

First up was the Division 2B clash between Cash & Carry Kitchens FC and Pulcinellas FC.  Both clubs were promoted up from 3B last season and both had enjoyed very good starts.  At the beginning of play CACK were unbeaten in seventh place although they've only played two league games.  A famous first tound win over fierce rivals Visualise North FC has also set up a third round Gledhill tie against Premier Division Additions FC on October 7th.

Today's opponents Pulcinellas were in second at start of play.  They'd taken nine ponts from the first twelve available.  They've already beaten Premier Division opposition in the Gledhill Cup in the shape of Progress Properties who they beat 2-1 in Round 2.  This followed on from a 6-4 win over the Squirrel in the opening round.  The blues face fellow Division 2B side Fleetwood Car Centre in a tasty looking tie in Round 3.

Just one problem.  The teams were not where they were supposed to be.  Apparently, it was switched to Rossall and what made things worse was that it turned out to be a great game that Pulcinellas won 4-3.  (Sigh)

Anyway, here are few pictures from a few of the games played at Commonedge.  We start with the 3B fixture between Mimmos Metrostars and South Beach FC who were still looking for their first ever point.  Woeful South Beach defending quickly saw Mimmos 2-0 up.  At half time it was 3-3 before South Beach took the lead.  Mimmos came back to up 5-4 but a late equaliser from a free-kick saw the game finish 5-5.

South Beach in the blue struggling defensively early on.

Nick Cannon opens the scoring for Mimmos.

Mimmos' skipper Greg Paul (Left)

South Beach (No 9) pull one back from a corner.

Stand-in referee Chris Giles features once again.

BFSFA Chairman Nigel Hough is an interested spectator.

A late free kick by Derek Clark beats the keeper to make it 5-5.  The finger pointing begins.

Gaining your first ever Alliance point or winning the Prem – everything's relative in Sunday football.

South Beach almost snatch a winner in the dying seconds.

Over on pitch 1 we had Division leaders Sundays FC away at second placed Bloomfield Vets.  Both had maximum points at start of play having each won their first five games.  It was 1-1 and close when I arrived.  The Vets were depleted in midfield this morning and were failing to penetrate offensively as the Sundays back four looked to be in control.  In the end Sundays won 2-1.  They have a good record against the Vets and it continued this morning.  Six out of six for Sundays.

Stevo

Injured Craig Byrom

Mr Mahoney.

Duncan Gouck.

Just a couple of shots from the Little Fat Jacks v Marshall Court Sandpiper game.  After having two early goals ruled out it looked as though it might have been one of those days for Jacks but in the end they went home with a 5-0 win.

“Never touched him ref !”

Young Tommy May out watching Dad Jamie play for LFJ's.

Over on Collins Park I was hoping to watch an exciting second half between Quilligans and in-form Northern Care FC but it was all but over at half time as the home side enjoyed their cup of tea at the interval with a comfortable 3-0 lead.  Care had a chance to get back into the match shortly before the break but they missed a penalty.  In the end Quilligans strolled to a 5-1 victory. 

Clowes back in goals for Quilligans.

Terry Green (Right) lines up a free-kick but it never troubled Clowes.

One or two pictures from the Stable Bar v North Mount game in 3B.  At 3-2 up it looked as though the Stable would hang on for three points but a late North Mount equaliser meant that the points were shared.

The Stable keeper can only watch on as the ball goes over the line for North Mount's equaliser.  3-3.

Two points lost.

The fat lady might be singing at 2B Brannigans FC.  Those hazy lazy days of summer are now no more than a distant memory.  Tremendous in those pre-season Mereside friendlies player defections, strict Saturday managers and the lure of watching Glasgow Rangers (??) meant that they were struggling for a decent team this morning.  It showed as mighty Mythop trounced them 8-0.  Things look bleak for Brannies but it's always darkest before the dawn as they say.  Let's hope that the club and its loyal players survive the crisis.

Mythop (Yellow) go close.

The 'Big Shirts' get their first airing.

Pat-a-cake

Pick that one out.

…………………and that one

Game over, I'll have a lie down.

Finally, there was an excellent 3-0 for Burlingtons over Trades & Social FC.  Another good game this one played in great spirit.  A clean sheet for Burlies who are now only two points behind leaders Uncle Toms in third.

Joy and despair as the Burlington go 3-0 up.

It's an easy game for keepers as they just stand around watching the aeroplanes.

Four years to get this picture and you don't appreciate it.

Three points and job done for Burlington.

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