Sportspy Reports – Sunday December 14th 2008.

Once again the weather played its part in the Fylde Coast Sunday football programme.  The torrential rain of Saturday took its toll at most venues but at Commonedge Road the excellent drainage allowed almost all of the games to go ahead.  This included four Lancashire Sunday Trophy fifth round ties with good sides from Rochdale, Colne, Preston and Blackburn trying to to reach the last eight of this season’s competition at the expense of our local teams.

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At 09:30 the ‘Edge was shrouded in fog and it was difficult to see one goal from the other but by kick off time conditions were perfect for football with blue skies, no wind and a good surface.  First up were the Devonshire Arms FC who were hosting Blackburn side Station Hotel FC.  The Devonshire were wearing the white shirsts.  The match kicked off five minutes early and before I arrived the home side had gone ahead in the opening minute.

Arrows brings the opposition player down just outside the box and is lucky to only get a yellow.

The sponge man does his job.

Rossi.

The Station keeper.

Blackburn WAGS.

She’s laid a golden egg…..how clever.

Station manager Mick O’Hara.

Matt Ginlay upends a Devvy player in the box.  Can Perry-Acton put them 2-0 up?

‘Fraid not as he smashes it wide.

But minutes later it was all smiles as a Whittaker cross is converted from short range.

Mr Cropp in charge of this one.

Second half – A penalty for the Station gives them the opportunity to pull one back.

Goal !  The visitors are back in the game.  2-1.

Not long afterwards the Station were awarded a free-kick.  The wall was beaten, the ball hit a divot and Arrowsmith was caught off guard by the cruel deflection.  The visitors are level and on their way to victory.  The Station went on to win 3-2 and credit to them for coming back strong from 2-0 down away from home.

Over the ditch we had FC Eden hosting Colne side Red Lion.  As you’re aware the original tie was postponed in Barnoldswick – For the story click here.  The visitors were in the red and black.

FC Eden supporter.

Craig Byrom back in action after a long layoff.

A big opportunity for Eden as they missed out on an excellent opportunity to take the lead.

Dave Wolfenden.

Roy Bingham gives the half time team talk.  Well in the game and playing well at 0-0.

A good effort from FC Eden who played very well in the first half but in the second the Red Lion were on top and in the end they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.  Maybe this will be the season when they get past the quarter-finals.

On pitch 4 Layton Institute in the blue were at home to Rochdale side Copperpot FC who have a good record on the Coast in this competition.

League secretary Peter Collins is an interested spectator.

“Shut it!” yells Collina.

The Copperpot manager.

The Layton Institute management team.

Meehan’s up for it at the expense of his teammate.

Copperpot supporters.

The Copperpot keeper.

Have you got an itch?

Scourge of the Coast – Copperpot’s Lance who always seems to do well against our sides.

Brett Baker.

“Come ‘ere you”….more trickery from Lance.

Speighty did me a big favour this morning keeping me in touch with the goings on in the Northern Care game so it would be unfair to put on a picture of him with a bacon butty.

A great leap.

Crossy in the thick of things.

Whilst I was watching in the second half it was anybody’s game.  Layton looked dangerous going forward but were just a decent pass short at the crucial moment.  After 90 minutes it was 0-0 and we had extra time.

About ten minutes in to the first period Lance breaks the deadlock from a pinpoint cross.  0-1.

Into the second period and Copperpot are inches away from extending their lead but they had to settle with a 1-0 win and once again they’re through to the last eight.

Finally, it was off to AFC Blackpool where a late pitch inspection meant that this game could go ahead on Northern Care’s own pitch.  It was 1-1, 2-2 and with Preston visitors 3-2 up a late Lewis Cook strike levelled it at 3-3.  The cheer could be heard from Pitch 4.  I arrived about midway through the first hlaf of extra time.  Northern Care (Tangerine) were down to nine men and having to work hard against last season’s quarter-finalists.

The second half of extra time gets underway.

Paul Simpson.

The pitch was getting heavy and with only nine men Northern were basically playing for pens.  Gibson was running tirelessly upfront and occasionally he brought other players into the game but in the main they were hanging on as the final whistle approached.

But then the visitors took the lead.  Shortly after making a good one handed save keeper Cook was beaten by a long range dipping effort.  Looking at the shadow of the ball it looks as though he may have lost it in the sun.  However, it was in the net just under the bar and after that there was no way back for Northern.

New Meadow Street celebrate the late breakthrough.

Dave Holloway dishes out a red card for a late New Meadow foul and Cook’s up for the subsequent free kick.

It’s all over and New Meadow are through to the last eight.  As for the BFSFA we’ll have to wait until 2009/10 until we can try once again to get our hands on the elusive trophy.

Sportspy 2008/09  (sportspy22@aol.com)

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