|The rain continued and once again a number of games fell by the wayside but at Commonedge Road eight games went ahead in league and Cup. Tough conditions for all, cold with a strong wind, sunshine and showers.|
In Division 3A league leaders Real Burlington FC were at home to FC Newton. It's days like this when titles are won and there are no more bets on Real Burlington FC (Purple) as they coasted to a 4-0 victory.
FC Newton's Simon Hurst
Charging down the keeper in a girl like manner.
The Burlington score against the wind as the ball finds the bottom corner.
Over the ditch and Rossall Tavern FC (yellow) made the long trip to take on Hampton Road Social Club FC in Division 2A. The Fleetwood raiders took home the points with a 3-1 win.
Loyal Rossall fans make the long journey to watch their team in bad conditions.
This week's kinky footwear pose
Hampton keeper Monty this week electing for a lilac bow to keep the famous pony tail in check. His ten pin bowling skills coming in handy as he elects to throw rather than kick it into the wind.
Next door there was a Division 3A match between Farmers Arms FC (Red) and Lane Ends FC. Although the Farmers had the wind they were playing poorly early on and it was little surprise when Lane Ends took a shock lead. Lots of shouting from manager Dave Hall before his team eventually ran out 5-3 winners.
A knock in the ribs for the Lane Ends player and his pain and terror wasn't eased as man mountain Steve Taylor kindly decided to rub them better.
Not the best of days for pitch side changing
At last, it's an equaliser for the Farmers Arms FC
Referee Ross Swift
The ball eludes the keeper and the race is on.
Ex Referee John McDonald is taken for a brisk morning walk.
Over on Pitch 1 Bloomfield Vets FC were at home to Northern Care Reserves FC (Orange). A bad day for Northern as they crashed 6-1 after being 4-0 down at the break.
Ben Waddington (Right)
Andy Gouck relatively pleased at the half time interval
The second half begins
Flashpoint between Mills and Waddington
Waddington sees red as Mr McNamara takes action
…………….and Lee Miles gets the same
Like Dad Glenn, the Discipline secretary's son Grady was far from impressed with the scenes on Pitch 1
On Pitch 2 in-form West Coast Tackle Postal FC (White) took on youngsters Waterloo Sports & Social FC. Waterloo were 4-0 up at the break but the gale made it a game of two halves but in the end they hung on to take all three points with a 5-4 win.
Just bounced over
West Coast watchers
Referee George Robinson
West Coast WAGS well wrapped up against the elements.
Nine goals in this one but only the one pictured above went in against the wind. It was to prove crucial for Waterloo Sports & Social Club
Cause for celebration
In Division 2B FC Talbot were hosting strugglers MA2 FC. A good game this one that ended up 3-3 thanks to a long range last minute equaliser from FC Talbot that broke MA2 hearts.
MA2 FC keeper Mo still smiling as the rain began to lash down. I skulked off to the Collins Park clubhouse for shelter.
FC Talbot celebrate a last minute equaliser as an effort from just inside the MA2 FC half bounced once and flew past Mo – despair for MA2 FC
Disappointingly, no referee for the Division 3 Cup tie between Ashiana FC (Purple) and Number Four Celtic FC and this resulted in a late kick off. In the end 3B leaders Ashiana were just too strong for their 3A opponents as they made it through to Round 2 with 4-0 victory.
Too quick for him
The ball's played across and the Ashiana player hits it first time.
Goal as the ball finds the bottom corner
The Celtic keeper is on his backside
Last but not least Quilligans FC were at home to Rochdalians FC hoping for a place in the last eight. This turned out to be a hard fought encounter. When Steve Palmer made it 2-0 not long into the second half Quills were well on top but just like in the last round complacency set in and with the last kick of the 90 minutes Rochdalians equalised. The first half of additional time saw no more goals but in the the second period Quills scored twice to reach the Quarter Finals.
Broadbent awaits the corner
Fleetwood Town FC manager Micky Mellon (Left) not too happy with the state of the pitch
A great burst from midfielder Steve Palmer (centre) results in a second goal from Quills – A top individual effort.
A short corner is laid back for a curling shot that finds the far corner for a last second equaliser. 2-2
Hands on heads for Quills – delight for the Rochdale visitors
A good refereeing performance from what I saw.
Nick Greenall goes for the loose ball but finds the left ankle of the visiting keeper. OUCH!!
A painful injury
Not more paperwork – Discipline Secretary Glenn Rogerson gets referee Dave McNamara's insight into the Bloomfield Vets FC v Northern Care Reserves FC incidents.
Quills go very close in the second period of extra time
But score soon afterwards sparking scenes of relief
Running down the clock by the flag.
After good work from Spedding, Broadbent seals the match for Quilligans FC 4-2
The warriors return – It was all about survival out there on the Edge today.