|This morning saw the short trip to Commonedge Road, Blackpool to call in at many of the seven games being played at the famous venue. Games from each of the six Divisions were on offer.|
So far so good weather wise in October. Mild, bright and flat calm for the third Sunday running, October just has to be the best month to be out watching football. The Edge was hosting games across all six Divisions so there was something for everybody. In 2B the Saddle were looking to make it eight straight wins whilst opponents Cash & Carry Kitchens were trying to end a run of three straight defeats after only losing once throughout the whole of last season.
In Division 3B the Burlington were hoping for their sixth successive win whilst opponents Bar 19 FC were struggling having lost the last three. In Division 1 we had perhaps one of the best matches of the day as Bloomfield Vets met the Waterloo Hotel, both teams have been in recent good form and the outcome was unpredictable. Also in Division 1 fierce rivals Shovels and Fylde Coast Gates were meeting for the first time in Division 1 following promotion for both from Division 2B last season.
In Division 2A strugglers Jacks FC (Last season's Talbot Sports & Social) were hoping for some improvement against Visualise North FC and with recent player losses perhaps there was no better time for DB Builders to be taking on fast starting Waterloo Sports & Social Club FC in Division 3A. And if all that wasn't enough Wrea Green FC finally knew what promotion to the top Division was all about as they made their first trip to Collins Park to take on last season's league and Gledhill Cup winners Quilligans FC.
First up was the Division 1 encounter between Bloomfield Vets and the Waterloo Hotel. It was a great game this one with end to end football. The first twenty minutes saw three goals and I had to force myself away. In the end the Vets took all three points with 4-3 win. The Waterloo Hotel ended up with only nine men on the pitch.
Andy Gouck (Centre) in a technical discussion with team mate Ross Gouck
More pretty Bling
Andy Gouck (Hidden) puts the Vets 1-0 up from the penalty spot.
Keith Johnstone (Centre) steers a header just over.
The Waterloo equalise as Gray is beaten at his near post.
Waterloo celebrations are cut short as the Vets go straight down the other end and re-take the lead.
Next in front of the camera were Cash & Carry Kitchens FC who were taking on Division 2B leaders Saddle FC (Red and white)over on pitch 8. The score was 1-1 when I arrived. It was another close game but frequent injuries made for a stop start affair in the first half. At the final whistle it was the Saddle who were happy after maintaining their 100% league record with a 3-1 win.
Saddle keeper Goldberg is down with a twisted shoulder.
Perrett encourages his men to keep talking.
I just love this net in the colours of the England flag. The Saddle enjoyed it too as they went 2-1 up from the spot.
In Division 2A we had Visualise North FC playing against Jacks FC (Red & White) who have been struggling for form in recent weeks. A strong Viz side was just too good for Jacks as they strolled to a 7-1 away victory.
Visualise North FC 2007/08
Is that the beginning of a bald spot?
Jacks FC keeper Neil Dugdale.
Scourge of the 'Shoutbox' – Martin Cardwell (Right)
Cardwell fancies a try at the far top corner.
Tim Kinley goes close for the Viz.
Glenn Rogerson. Is that a halo?
'Everybody out !'
Joe Hulme (Right)
Back over the ditch to pitch 7 where the Shovels FC were hosting Fylde Coast Gates FC (Blue) in Division 1. At half time it was all but over as the home side were 3-0 up. Gates were not at the races today but they recovered a little in the second half to only go down 3-1.
Shovels skipper Micky Hall.
I can't help thinking Shovels landlord and big Sunderland fan Steve Norris has had some input into the team's new kit selection.
The committee are always watching. League observer Robin Runette lights up a 'cigarillo'.
'MY BALL !!!!!
On Pitch 5 we had the Waterloo Sports & Social Club taking on DB Builders (Peppermint) in Division 3A. After losing a few key players to Kirkham Waterloo had suffered a dip in form in recent weeks but they've regrouped and this morning's commfortable 5-1 win leaves them in second just behind leaders Autoweld.
Last but by no means least it was off to Collins Park for the final ten minutes. Quilligans were leading 2-1 in what the supporters described as a poor game. At least the sun had come out. The three points for Quilligans keeps them in second place in the table. A good effort from Wrea Green FC.
Who would have thought it? Ex Fleetwood pairing Keeper Clowes and centre half 'Docker' in the Quilligans' defence.
Just how cool is Daz Spedding? Lee Broadbent is rested.
Well held by the Wrea Green keeper under pressure.
“I love you Boally!”