|I was expecting to start the new season at Fleetwood Road, Thornton watching the Division 3B fixture between BFSFA newcomers Fylde Construction FC and Real Burlington FC. However, with conditions more akin to early November than early August the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Instead, it was off to Boundary Park to check in on the four matches being played there.|
There were four interesting looking fixtures at Boundary Park this morning. Although it was windy the pitches were dry and the sun was shining. Unfortunately, the grass was far too long making it hard going for the players.
First up in an important Premier Division fixture were last season's runners Layton Institute who were taking on third placed Poulton. A win for either side would have provided the perfect platform for the rest of the season. In the end Poulton won the match 3-1 after coming back from a goal behind.
Mark Meehan and Stuart holloway get the new season underway for Layton.
Tom Porter (Left).
Referee Mr Mark Errington.
One of the Pett brothers in goal for Poulton.
Scott McCabe (Left) and Carl Eastwood in a continuous battle all morning.
Layton keeper. It looks as though Braveheart has blagged a new kit from his employer.
“Where did it go?”…………”I got it (Just)”
It was close for 35 minutes but then then the game alive. Firstly, we had a penalty awarded for Layton Institute. Lee McCabe converted despite Pett getting a hand to it.
Layton were still celebrating when Poulton were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Danny Morris took it.
Danny Morris sends it on his way. Defender Scott McPhee (right) looks set to head it clear.
McPhee gets his head on it.
But gets it all wrong.
As he nods it majestically past his own keeper. 1-1. How anybody can be blaming the keeper for that one is a mystery.
Eastwood and McCabe together again.
On the adjoining pitch we had the Division 2B clash between Paris Casino FC and the Fairhaven FC. Paris Casino played as the Central Club last season and were largely disappointing. Fairhaven had just enjoyed their second successive promotion and with five Wren Rovers players in the side are well fancied for promotion. However, Fairhaven were down to ten men after only three minutes as one of their number went off with a shoulder injury.
No excuse though for not having any subs on the opening day of the season. Paris Casino stormed to a 5-0 win and looked good throughout. They've clearly improved on last season thanks to the introduction of a few new players. Fairhaven had loads of chances but a combination of poor finishing and good keeping resulted in a clean sheet for Paris.
The season is only moments old as the Fairhaven player has to come off with what looked like a painful shoulder injury.
Tom Duerden (Right)
“We're 2-0 up”…………..Paris manager Archie Harrison.
Prolific Sunday football goalscorer Jason Nuttall (Just the three today).
The Casino go close again but the ball is tipped over the bar.
Referee Dave Connor – A good effort getting all matches covered today.
Another great block keeps the Fairhaven out.
Casino striker Jason Nuttall celebrates his third and his team's fifth. The tongue's out again. Game over.
We had two games from Division 2A. We start with the Squirrel FC who were taking on last season's 3B champions Spindles. The Squirrel finished in fourth last season so this one was very unpredictable. Spindles played well and went 2-0 up. The Squirrel pulled one back from a penalty before rescuing a point late on. 2-2 the final score. Spindles are in the white shirts.
New Squirrel keeper.
Bringing the ball away.
Spindles FC go 2-0 up.
A penalty for the Squirrel – Adie James steps up to take it.
The keeper guesses the right way.
But doesn't have a hope.
You don't save them up there.
The Spindles' substitute 'Mo'.
2-2. A good point for both sides.
Finally, we had Great Eccleston FC in the white taking on Waterloo Sports & Social FC. This game had to be moved from Great Eccleston due to the blight of rural crime as their changing rooms have been smashed up. It was initially moved to Commonedge but a late switch saw the game played at Boundary Park. It was close for much of the game but in the second half the Waterloo came strong and in the end it was confortable as they won 5-1.
Half time drinks.
The referee steps in to cool tempers.
A great save from the stand-in Great Ecc keeper.
Yet another penalty – Can he make it three out of three scored?
The Waterloo player sends the keeper completely the wrong way.
'IT'S BEHIND YOU ! (Better luck next time keeper).
The end of the Layton v Poulton game – Let's get that net down.