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We spent the afternoon at Bloomfield Road watching Blackpool FC and pre match I feared the worst against a strong Cardiff side that just about missed out on the play-offs last season and started strongly last week with a 4-0 home win. My negativity was completely unfounded as the Seasiders were by far the better side over the ninety minutes restricting the opposition to a handful of chances. The visitors scored against the run of play with a deflected shot that looped over keeper Rachubka but centre half Ian Evatt equalised with a rare but classy finish on the stroke of half time. Impressive performances from Charlie Adam, Baptise and Brett Ormerod who put in his usual 100% effort. The early league table shows them in twelfth place. They're at home again on Tuesday against Derby before facing an away match at Watford next weekend. We really need a win to consolidate in the top half of the table. Too many home draws last season was the principal reason for our flirtation with relegation.
At Highbury Avenue 1,309 watched Fleetwood Town FC go third in the Blue Square North with a 3-1 win against AFC Telford. Two goals from Tom Cahill and another by Clancy gave them a comfortable 3-0 lead on 62 minutes before Brown gained a late consolation for Telford in added time. Still unbeaten after two wins and a draw Fleetwood are looking good early season and long may it continue. Even if you can't make it up there to watch in person you can still follow the action on the live 'Codcast' via the club website. Fleetwood's next game is way at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday night.
In their first ever fixture in the Unibond First Division North fixture AFC Fylde were held to a 1-1 draw by Radcliffe Borough FC. 262 supporters braved the wind and rain to see Joe Booth equalise on 73 minutes after the visitors had taken the lead through a penalty on 52.
On to the Vodkat league and in the FA Cup extra preliminary round Squires Gate FC face a replay on Tuesday night after drawing 2-2 at home against Staveley. The Premier league table shows Gate in 14th place after picking up three points from their first two matches. Across the road AFC Blackpool are still looking for a win after they went down 2-1 away at Irlam who moved into third and are one of only three teams in the Division that still have a 100% record. AFC are third bottom of the table this morning.
In the West Lancs Premier Division Blackpool Wren Rovers FC were without a fixture but having seen their opening two games they're looking good for another challenge after picking up maximum points. They're away in Preston on Tuesday night against Lostock St Gerrards. A Cook goal for Poulton Town wasn't enough as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat away at Coppull. After two wins from their opening two games they're still handily placed near the top of the table. Freckleton picked up their first point thanks to goal from Leigh in a 1-1 draw away at AFC Darwen. Freckleton host Poulton in a local derby on Tuesday night.
Into Division 1 and goals from Norton and Gardner gave Wyre Villa FC the perfect start to the campaign as they beat Milnthorpe Corinthians FC 2-0. Newly promoted Thornton Cleveleys FC also enjoyed a great start as they won 1-0 away at recently relegated Burnley United FC, Franklin with the all-important winner. Not so good for Norbreck and Warbreck FC who slumped to a 6-0 opening day away defeat at Fleetwood Hesketh FC and they prop up the table this morning.
In Division 2 Lytham Town FC came back from their long trip to Furness Rovers with all three points as goals from Rick Seear, Thornber and Sharp gave them a 3-1 opening day win.
As for our West Lancs Reserve sides Blackpool Wren Rovers FC are still looking for a point in Division 1 as a 4-1 home defeat to Garstang made it three defeats on the bounce. At the other end of the table Norcross & Warbreck FC have maximum points after goals from Hughes and Few made it three wins from three after they beat Fulwood Amatuers 2-1 away. Poulton Town Reserves are also going well early season. They won 4-2 at home against Fleetwood Hesketh thanks to strikes from Eastwood (2), Morris and Harris. Freckleton lost 3-1 away at Haslingdon St Mary's and Thornton Cleveleys went down 2-0 at home to Euxton Villa.