|A great selection of third round Gledhill Cup ties on offer this morning making it a difficult choice of venue but in the end it was off to the Thornton Sports Centre to watch Premier Division side Golden Eagle FC in a difficult looking encounter against Division 3A favourites FC Eden. An away tie in the 4th Round against Quilligans/Northern Care would be the reward for the victors. Some additional photos from Boundary park are also included.|
The last three seasons have been challenging for the Golden Eagle FC to say the least. They finished eighth in 2004/05 but last season and the one before that they finished in eleventh spot. Only fourteen league wins from the last seventy two played tells its own story.
Thus far this season Dave Perry's team has only one point on the board from the first eighteen available and at start of play they were bottom of the league just behind newbies Progress Property Management on goal difference. That solitary point came against Progress in a 3-3 draw back in mid August.
The last two games have pointed towards some improvement. Layton Institute may have a 100% record and be riding high in second place but the Layton match report gives the impression that they were somewhat fortunate to come away with a 3-2 victory from Eagle a fortnight ago. Eagle's misfortune continued last week when they lost on penalties to Wigan Premier Division side Hawkley after the game had finished 1-1 in normal time.
They reached Round 3 of the Gledhill after beating Division 2B side St Annes Ex Service 3-1 in Round 2. As with all of the other Premier and Division 1 sides they received a bye in Round 1. On a positive note the team have staying power. Over the last few seasons they've watched on as many 'hopefuls' have come up to the premier Division but whilst the Eagle are still in there fighting many of the so caled hopefuls have faded away.
The Eagle faced a tricky looking tie this morning against Division 3A side FC Eden. They're playing together for the first time as a unit and have begun life in the Sunday Alliance in Division 3A. Under manager Roy Bingham they've put together a squad that includes a number of players with previous Sunday football experience in the higher Divisions. My tips for the Division 3A title the side have started well taking twelve points from the first fifteen available. Their only defeat so far in Sunday football came on September 9th against league leaders Autoweld in a 4-3 defeat. A reminder, if any were needed, that the side won't have things entirely their own way this season.
Eden's run in the Gledhill Cup this season has been impressive. They've had to put out two fancied teams who've been in good form without conceding a goal. In the opening Round they knocked out 2A team Little Fat Jacks 2-0 and in Round 2 they beat 3B side the Burlington 1-0.
They were going into this morning's match with confidence looking forward to having a go at a Premier Division outfit.
The team are sponsored by Blackpool's 'Gentlemen's entertainment' venue the Eden 'Lap dancing' bars. Here is their website which includes pictures of some of the girls – Eden lapdancing, Blackpool.
That 'Ginger' looks to be a particularly rude girl. Let's hope she would turn the tables and be out watchting the lads perform this morning. (Big limousines and lapdancers – This is beginning to sound more like 'Men and Motors' than Sunday football.)
We could not have had better conditions for this morning's game at the Sports Centre. A 'good to be alive' English autumnal day that you cannot experience anywhere else on the planet. Flat calm, blue skies and a decent looking surface.
Today's man in the middle was Graham Nixon and he got the Gledhill third round tie under way with Eden in the white kicking off defending the ditch end.
FC Eden 2007/08
At 10:40 one of the sides was fully kitted out well into a warm up with the net up. The other end was completely empty. It was the 3A side that looked well up for it from the start. In stark contrast the Eagle struggled to get eleven on the pitch for kick off. Apparently, an over enthusiastic celebration of a birth had taken priority over the 3rd round of the Gledhill. Needless to save Mr Perry was far from happy and gave me short shrift when I asked for a team picture.
There were only two minutes on the clock when Kyle Weaver's cross went straight in despite the attempt to head by the striker and defender above. 0-1
We're on our way.
Eden's Kyle Weaver (Right)
On nine minutes the Eagle conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. In the picture below Carl Meakin drives it hard and low past Eagle keeper Newall Barratt to put the 3A side 2-0 up.
Carl Meakin puts Eden 2-0 up from a free kick.
Barratt under more pressure.
Eden dancer 'Ginger' (She didn't show up)
13 minutes on the clock and a downward Kyle Bingham header at the far post from a Lee Fishwick cross to put Eden even further ahead. 0-3.
Golden Eagle Fc manager Dave Perry with lots to ponder. The young liner did a fine job in the first half.
A glimmer of hope on 22 minutes as the Eagle pull one back. Sloppy marking from a set piece allowed a free header past Eden keeper Darren Milroy. 1-3
Any Eagle hopes of a fightback were dashed on 28 minutes when a pass from Weaver found Meakin who scored his second of the match. 1-4.
On the half hour mark it was all over. Kyle Bingham climbed unopposed from a Meakin corner to smash another head past Barratt. 1-5.
'Nearly had it'
Just over the bar as Eden look for another.
Disappointed Eagle supporters.
Just on the stroke of half time Eden made it six as another longshot flashed past Barrat in the picture above. 1-6.
“That's enough for me, I'm off”
Wot……….No players? Eagle manager Dave Perry has had far better Sunday mornings.
With the score at 6-1 at half time this was a dead game so I decided to move on to Boundary Park. The eagle may ahve been depleted but take nothing away from Eden they looked really good this morning. A quiet night in and out early as a unit warming up gave them the advantage. They were far better from the off and ran out convincing winners. The game finished at 6-1. They look good enough to give Quilligans or Northern Care a good game if they play in the same way in Round 4. Well done FC Eden.
At nearby Boundary Park we had 3A side DB Builders taking on Premier Division side Poulton. It was a good effort by DB up until the latter stages as Poulton's class and fitness turned 3-2 into 8-2.
“Try it like that, you might do better”, says DB player manager Mark Miles.
Dennis Peters' dog. (Grange Park Labrador)
Mark Miles (Left)
'Offside !' says Poulton manager Alan Cocker.
Sharp haircut for referee Mr James Taylor.
Danny Morris (Resting)
If Layton Institute thought they were in for an easy time then they were much mistaken. Blackpool Catholic Club of 2A are going very well after being promoted from 3A last season. They're in the middle of a great run of form and it wasn't much of a surprise when they shocked the Prem side by going 2-0 up. Layton fought back to 2-2 but a Catholic free kick restored the advantage. Lack of concentration saw Layton go straight down the other end and equalise – Extra time. In the first half of additional time Layton went ahead after a Catholic shout for offside was ignored by their own liner. It looked all over but the Catholics never gave up and brought the scores level, What a match ! A brilliant efort by Blackpool Catholic Club FC. The replay takes place next week at the same venue.
Layton make it 2-2.
Much to the delight of Layton manager 'Braveheart'.
Paige and Jason Ireland out watching dad and brother David play for the Catholics.
Steve Wright (Left)
Mr Wayne Taylor.
Layton go ahead in extra time….could they hang on for victory?
Poulton players hang on to encourage a Catholic equaliser. They'll take on the eventual winners in Round 4.
The Catholic management team.
An emotional roller coaster for Layton manager Stuart todd this morning. 'I need a drink'.
Finally, there was an important 2A league fixture between Visualise North FC and Little Fat Jacks FC. It should have been played at the Ballam Bowl but an infestation of caravanners (Buy yourself holiday privacy and then spend every weekend with a hundred others in a muddy field) or ugly bikers meant that the game was switched to Boundary Park. I couldn't take my eyes of this one as it was a fierce and exciting encounter. The Viz equalised to make it 1-1. Jack's had two great chances to take all three points but one shot came back off a post and the other flashed inches wide. 1-1 was the final score.
Visualise North FC (Rasberry) make it 1-1.
It's agony for LFJ as a goal bound cross shot bounces back off the inside of the post.
A 'lenient' Mr Parr dishes out a yellow card.
Tim Kinley (Left), worked very hard up front for the Viz.