For the second day in succession it was the long trip to Fleetwood. After yesterday's entertaining yet slightly fortunate 'Cod Army' win over Droylsden it was back to grassroots action on Broadwaters where three games were taking place in the spring sunshine.
Last week it was Lytham, this week it was opposite end of the Coast at Broadwaters looking in on three league games involving Fleetwood sides. In Division 1 AFC additions were at home to the Shovels. It was difficult conditions this morning with each of the three pitches being directly affected by the strong breeze. Cold and bright with the temperature still nowhere near ten degrees. In this game Additions had the advantage of the wind in the first half and despite being the better side they couldn't convert their chances and at half time it was 0-0. In the second half Shovels went on to win a hard fought match 2-1 and returned to Marton with all three points.
Shovels new keeper Neil Dugdale still sporting his 'lucky' kit
Additions are in the burned orange. Referee Mark Ayre….'I hate seeing my picture on Fyldesport as I suddenly remember that I'm bald'
The Shovel's subs and injured try to keep warm. Striker Ashley Casey has it written in his contract that he gets to sit in the chair.
The Shovels go close
The team may have gone but the flag still flies
Next door it was the battle of the Vets for the second week running. Last week at Commonedge Road, Bloomfield Vets won 3-1 but this week Highbury Vets were looking for revenge in Division 1. This game was also 0-0 at the break. Highbury had begun the game with only ten men and had reached the break goalless despite having the advantage of the wind. I feared for them at the interval but they started the second half very well and took the lead though a controversial penalty due to handball. Shortly afterwards, Bloomfield levelled following another controversial hand ball in the build up. They scored two more in quick succession and went on to win 4-1.
Highbury Vets at the break
Referee Tony Zak awards a penalty against Ross Gouck. 'Your hands were above your head'
Ross Gouck expresses his disagreement. 'Shut it Ross!' was Andy's advice
The penalty is convered and Highbury are ahead
Get your haircut Hughesie
Steve Brooks (Left)
Bloomfield break clear after the handball claim was over-ruled. Nice finish as he clipped it past the keeper
A minute later and the Highbury offside trap failed again. Bloomfield are ahead
Highbury frustration and big Jamie is in the book
This time it's a good save from Littlewood
But he's soon beaten again by a low drive from outside the box
Trevor's back in goals for Bloomfield
Chris Cygal………..'I only turned up to watch but ended up playing right back'
Finally, in Division 2B, Fleetwood Kings FC were at home to strugglers Old England. The visitors played well and only went down 2-1 but a rash of dissent related indiscipline resulted in at least two red cards and a yellow so expect a number of football cards being taken around the pub this week.
Red card – 'You're off mate' KERCHING!
The keeper complains – yellow card 'KERCHING!'
A terrible error by the King's keeper as he fumbled a harmless effort from range. Watch out for Fullalove claiming it after saying that…'My presence was enough to put him off'
Jamie Fullalove (Nearly cricket season)
You can just see another flash of red card as another Old E player takes an early exit. KERCHING!
The Old England liner throws down the flag in frustration. Just another Sunday morning on the football pitches of the Fylde Coast.