Sportspy Reports – Sunday February 8th 2009.

Boundary Park, Blackpool was this morning's intended venue where three good looking Division 3 Cup ties were on offer including favourites FC Matrix who faced a tough match against fellow Division 3B rivals Hampton Road Social Club.  However, on arrival at 10:40 all of the players were heading home due to frostbound pitches so it was back to Commonedge Road where two or three games survived.  Here are pictures from the Division 3 Cup tie between C&G Electrical FC and Bar 19 FC as well as the Division 1 league fixture between Northern Care Reserves FC and Fylde Coast Gates FC.

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Bar 19 FC are in the red.  Mr Mark Errington is the man in charge. Captains Dave Seagar (Bar 19) and Simon Capstick (C&G)

“Where's Waldo?”

Bar 19 FC manager – John McDonald.

Craig Sparrow.

C&G Electrical FC player/manager Shane McKenna (Left)

Camera shy.

Referee Mark Errington.

Capstick clears

A good clearance from keeper Steve 'Scoober' Cordell.

Scott Robinson with the clearance

Veteran Paul Drinnan, heading towards 1000 local league appearances

Simon Capstick

C&G striker Martin Downes

McKenna on the move.

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You can't beat a Cup tie where both sides expect to win.  The draw had been kind to these two struggling teams and a rare chance of a Cup quarter final was at stake.  As expected it was pretty even but then C&G took the lead as shown in the above video.  A Bar 19 FC free kick was cleared and C&G moved down the field at pace.  The ball eventually fell to Martin Downes who showed great technique to control it before displaying even better technique to hit a dipping volley into the back of the net from outside the box with the help of the underside of the bar.  An excellent Cup tie that finished at 3-3 after extra time.  They'll try again next week.

A scramble

Dave Seagar with the paunch

Jaques McKenna calls for the ball.

“Hand Ball !”

McKenna and Mr Errington take a quick breather.

“Twister anyone?”  'Is this a private party or can anybody join in?'

The C&G keeper – he has a good kick on him.

Bar 19 FC equalise to make it 1-1 – a decent goal following a couple of short passes in the box.

Seven year old Molly McKenna out watching Dad Shane play for C&G Electrical FC.

Then it was off to Collins Park.  At 11am we had two teams outside the gates but nobody with a key with which to gain access.  Maybe this was a blessing in disguise as by the time the game finally started the pitch had started to soften.  Fylde Coast Gates (Stripes) were looking for an important win away against the improving Northern Care Reserves.  Gates suffered a setback when their keeper was shown a straight red for bringing down Paul Simpson who missed the resultant penalty.  Gates took the lead when a shot eluded Elvis in the Northern goal and floated over his head.  Northern deservedly equalised through a great Paul Wallis strike (Video below) before Gates grabbed a late winner to take the points and go four clear at the top.

Binks on the bench (Right) as he fights his way back from injury.

'Wizard on the wing', Paul Simpson back on his old stomping ground.

Paul Wallis (Right)

……………….and again.

Graham Warren.

Stand-in Gates' skipper Robbie Gardner has to dive to see a Northern effort flash wide to safety.

But he's quickly back on his feet to hoof it upfield. (No change from his usual defensive duties 😉

It's all very confusing with all of those goal nets at Collins Park but a goalbound effort dips over Elvis, the tallest keeper in Britain to put Gates 1-0 up.

Michael 'Elvis' Donahoe fed up as Simon Oswell begins the celebrations.

Gates almost extend the lead but although the shot evaded the onrushing keeper it rolled agonisingly wide.

There's one happy Yorkshireman as Brian Carr celebrates an excellent footballing weekend with a win over the seasiders by his home team Doncaster Rovers FC followed by an important 2-1 win for Fylde Coast Gates.

Two year old Imogen is wrapped up warm watching Northern Care FC.  (Double six)

Paul Simpson at the half time interval.  “How did I miss that penalty?”

Just wide.

Midway through the second half Northern Care FC equalised through a great effort from Paul Wallis.  In the above video a corner eventually falls nicely for a first time curling effort from the edge of the box.  Manager Matt Livingstone is well pleased on the sidelines.

Northern Care FC keeper Michael Donohoe.

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