|At Lytham St Annes High School the top two in the Division 3A table were meeting for the first time this season. Home side AFC Ansdell Excelsior were up against leaders Real Burlington FC in testing conditions, the wet weather having accounted for the majority of the weekend Sunday footballing programme.|
I must admit that I didn't fancy it this morning but the bad weather forecast was over-exaggerated and in the end apart from it being well below 10 degrees it wasn't half bad. There was no more than a stiff breeze from the South West, the rain held off until after the final whistle and the pitch was in excellent condition.
Home side AFC Ansdell Excelsior had a disappointing season in 3A last season when finishing 12th. They had been predicted to do well but under-achieved. This season they've had something of a merger with a number of last season's FC Excelsior and got off to a very good start with eight wins and a draw from their first eleven games. This morning they were in second place three points behind today's opponents Real Burlington who they also play next weekend. In the Gledhill they went out to Layton Institute FC following a 3-2 defeat.
Real Burlingon FC finished sixth in 3B last season and following restructuring they were put in 3A. They've been top since the start of the season after putting a great unbeaten run together of ten wins and a draw. However, last weekend they came unstuck when losing for the first time in the league against the Falcon which was something of a wake up call. As with Ansdell Kenny Nay's men were beaten in the opening round of the Gledhill when losing 3-2 to the Golden Eagle.
This morning's referee was Brian Jones and at 11am we were underway with Real Burlington FC in the blue kicking towards the golf club with the breeze in their faces.
AFC Ansdell Excelsior 2009/10
Real Burlington FC 2009/10
Both captains with referee Brian Jones prior to kick off
'Bad Boy' Jimmy Drinkwater suspended on the sidelines after recently receiving the first red card of his long career.