|The last day of January 2010 surprised many people across the Fylde as they awoke to a thick covering of hail. Still, the pitches underneath were deemed soft enough to play at Commonedge Road, Blackpool. The pitch markings could be seen and by 11am nine games in League and Cup were underway in decent conditions.|
First things first……..time for a steaming hot cup of tea
'Sweeper'………..Brian Croft clears the lines at Collins Park in preparation for the match but gets a round of applause for his trouble
First up was the Division 3B league fixture between CB Choice Furniture FC and SPS FC (Blue). Pretty even for the first ten minutes but in the end fast improving SPS FC romped home to an 8-0 win.
Isherwood slides through the ice – it's not for girls
Gordon Mason (Left)
Good to see the orange ball in the snowy conditions
SPS FC keeper Ian Chapman does the Burgess
Matty Wannell (5) is clean through, bends his shot past the keeper but it skimmed the bar and went over
Good to see Dilworth return after his broken leg
On pitch 5 we had the Division 2A match between Waterloo Sports & Social FC (Light blue and white stripes) and MA2 FC. The visitors looked confident after last week's first win of the season and in the end both teams played out a creditable 2-2 draw.
Well somebody go for it!
MA2 FC throw
A good leap
Here's a couple of minutes of live action for those that are interested.
'Free kick surely ref?'
Referee Rick Parr
New Ansdell FC signing Kevin Kennerley takes things easy on the sidelines
On Pitch 4 home side AFC Marton (Red) were hosting the Boars Head FC in Division 2B. Marton's recent poor form continued as they were well beaten this morning. 8-0 was the final scoreline.
That's a foul
AFC Marton manager Lee Ramsden
Referee Callum Sharp – I've still not forgiven him for ruling out a Wren Rovers goal yesterday where he was the liner
Preparing for a hand stand
On pitch 3 the Mere Park FC (Yellow) were at home to the Number 4 Pub FC in Division 2B. Mere Park managed to score four but still ended up on the losing side as the Number 4 hit six in reply.
A rare goal for the Number 4 skipper
A goal for the Mere Park provokes a bizarre celebration
Arty as the sun tries to break through the clouds at Commonedge Road
The Mere Park struggle to defend. Here's a good example. They try to play offside (Well most of them) from a free-kick but the experienced forward line of the Number 4 time it right.
The forward converts, the keeper gets his punch wrong and the defender gets caught in the net
Back to the training ground midweek
'Our Ball !!!'
Referee Brian Ward……………'How are the Devvy getting on?'
On to Pitch 2 where the Hampton Road Social Club were at home to FC Talbot. Another defeat for Hampton as FC Talbot (Blue) returned to winning ways in Division 2A with a 5-0 away win.
The frozen wasteland
Half time team talk for Hampton
'Ice Man' Referee Dave Connor
Pretty Hampton supporter
Pleasantly offsetting the scary Hampton management team
Hampton start the second half
FC Talbot keeper comes up with the ball
Hampton Keeper Monty is deceived by a long range effort
FC Talbot celebrate
The Hampton player demonstrates the correct finishing position from a throw-in. The liner does not.
Hampton on the attack but the Talbot keeper rises highest to collect the corner.
Pitch 1 hosted Division 3 Cup action. The Stable Bar FC were at home to Ashiana FC (Purple). 3B side Ashiana were well on top today as they progressed with a 9-1 win.
Natty headgear being sported by the Ashiana supporters
Looks of anguish and horror
What's it like when the wind's blowing?
Phillipson Peltier (Left) far too good for the Stable Bar defence this morning. In the above picture he scores another
Snow clearance on the airport's main runway
He shot wide
Two weeks ago this keeper was in the thick mud at wesham, this week it's the snow at Commonedge
'Give us a piggy back'
Across the dyke long time rivals Farmers Arms FC (Red) and FC Kingsfield were also meeting in the Cup. Once again the Division 3B side came out on top with a 4-1 win
On arrival the Farmer's Steve Taylor scored a quality goal from the edge of the box to make it 1-3. Kingsfield's Darren Atkinson retrieves the ball for his keeper.
Wayne Taylor (Right)
At last, the sun is out
Over the bar
Farmer's mangager Dave Hall's birthday isn't getting off to the best of starts
The Farmer's corner flag……………someone's mum is missing a clothes prop
The Farmers defend the corner
On Pitch 7 J&S Auto Body Repairs FC were at home to AFC Ansdell Excelsior in the Division 3 Cup. J&S (Blue) exited the competition after suffering a 5-0 defeat.
Ansdell FC defend (Martin Percival in goal)
Danny Garth (Right)
J&S pick it out of the back of the net
Referee Kelvin Dyson has followed everyone's advice and bought some glasses
Winter football at the Edge
'Where on earth is your father?' 'Dunno, I can't see him'
Nearing the end and it's Collins Park for the dying moments of the Premier Division match between Quilligans FC (Blue) and Fylde Coast Gates. Quills won 6-1 to go third in the table.
The Fylde Coast Gates kit reminds of a humbug that's stuck in the bottom of my coat pocket
When son James isn't blagging free juice from Carole in the clubhouse he's in the Quills dugout giving Mr Spedding advice on substitutions
The hole in the roof needs fixing
In the dying seconds Micky Evans shrugs off Robbie Slater but as he kicks it referee John Hay blows up for full time. Evans scores but it's chalked off
Stumpy gives an evil grin as if he appeared to enjoy Evans' disappointment. That's ref's for you.
But what if we lose the title by a single goal on goal difference?' Quill's secretary Jim Provan has a chat with Mr Hay