|The morning after the site went down there was a much reduced Christmas programme of league and Cup action. At Boundary Park three matches in the opening Round of the Division 2 Cup took place as well as a Division 1 league fixture. A couple of weeks late but here are a few pictures from the four games that took place. All pictures now added.|
First up and whilst the sun was still shining we had Paris Casino FC hosting fellow Division 2B side AFC Marton. The sides had already met twice in the league with both matches finishing in 3-3 draws. Paris Casino FC played well early doors and had much the better of the play. They took a 2-0 lead but their opponents never gave up and pulled one back. As the final whistle approached it was Marton looking the more like scoring but in the end the Casino hung on for a 2-1 win.
Paris Casino striker Jason Nuttall (Blue) in A1 position for the kick off.
Referee John Hay returns to action after a long injury lay off.
Paris Casino's loyal supporter uses the occasion to write some last minute Christmas cards.
Eight year old Steven Lambert out watching the Casino.
Going great guns in the top scorers charts as per usual – Jason Nuttall.
Good header by the AFC Marton player.
AFC defend a corner.
The council have still not got around to sorting out the only boggy couple of square feet on Boundary Park. Commonsense prevailed and all corners were taken from the other side. Shame as it would have made for some good pictures.
AFC keeper Johnny – He couldn't catch a cold in the first half hour as the Casino plagued him with crosses.
On the run.
A corner from the 'dry side' eludes the grasp of the Marton keeper and flies straight into the top corner.
Next up was the Division 1 league encounter between bottom club Bispham Juniors and FC Kingsfield. In the first half Kingsfield displayed some good form creating a hatful of chances but all too often couldn't make them count. Bispham improved in the second half but in the end Kingsfield ran out deserved 3-0 winners. Kingsfield manager Roy Atkinson was generally pleased, so much so that he only had two slanging matches with son Darren. More worries however for BJ supremo Gez Curry. The move to watch this game co-incided with it clouding over and with the son so low in the sky at this time if the year it's almost dark photo wise so apologies for the quality.
On arrival Bispham had just had a penalty awarded against them. Dissent leads to a strong talking to by referee Mark Ayre.
Which way is he taking it – guess?
Top left – keeper had no chance.
The smiling assassin? Warning for dissent not adhered to. No more leniency = yellow card.
Kingsfield personnel up on the West Bank including mad Wimbledon fan Paul Sargesson (Left) and manager Roy Atkinson (Right)
Veteran Kingsfield keeper Niall Eaves
Veteran (plus vat) Kingsfield skipper Darren Atkinson
Kingsfield celebrate going 2-0 up.
A top quality headed clearance under pressure from the Bispham defender.
Bispham half-time chat.
Is that a Truby?
On pitch 1 it was back to the Division 2 Cup. Division 2B Strugglers Skye FC (Luminous kit) faced an uphill struggle away at 2A title hopefuls FC Eden. In the first half the underdogs played really well as they made Eden work for any advantage. However, in the second half class eventually told as Eden ran out 6-0 winners.
A rare appearance for FC Eden's fitness coach Scott McNeill (Centre)
“Make sure you get one of him breathing out of his arse and put in on Fyldesport”, asked Eden manager Roy Bingham. Always happy to oblige (I await free lap dance voucher).
Eden start to cut loose.
Skye manager Alisdair Martin, hopefully in a more secure position this season than the one at his favourite club Manchester City
Another goal for Eden but the Skye keeper was unfortunate on this one as a tame looking long range effort hit a horrendous divot (and I don't mean his defender) and bounced over him. You have to laugh.
Lastly we had another Division 2 Cup tie on Pitch 2. Last season's Division 3 Cup winners Progress Sports & Social of 2B were at home to the Squirrel of 2A. The game finished at 2-2 after extra-time but if the Progress don't go through in this weekend's replay they'll be kicking themselves as they were 2-0 up and coasting following a long range effort that deceived Andrew Wright in the Squirrel goal. However, the Squirrel seem to have a bit of backbone this season and with time running out made a big effort to pull it back to 2-2. No more goals in extra time so they'll try again Sunday on the same pitch.
Scorer of the Progress 'wonder goal'.
Adie James who's in a rich vein of form in front of goal at present.
A great tip over the bar.