At Stanley Park, Blackpool this morning watching the old men of Fylde Coast Vets FC host the Sun Inn FC in Division 4. Glorious autumn conditions.
This is the first season in the BFSFA for Fylde Coast Veterans FC. The team is made up of players who've been involved in Sunday football for many, many years and in truth, are mostly too old to hold down a regular place in a regular side. The average age of the team is over forty with a number of them over 50. They're certainly not in it to win it but setting up a team like this allows them to get a regular fix of Sunday football and to test their skills against players less than half their age. As expected, Chris Giles' team are struggling with only one win and a draw against their name at start of play after the first eleven games. They were fifteenth in the table this morning. After a first round bye they lost 7-2 to the Stable Bar in Round 2.Today's visitors to Stanley Park were the Sun Inn FC. Last season, Michael McHenry's team, playing as Hampton Road Social Club FC, were relegated from Division 2A. They've had an inconsistent start in Division 4 with four wins, a draw and three defeats. They were looking for a win today to try and move nearer the top half of the table. With three wins on the bounce the team were looking to be moving into a rich vein of form.
A1 conditions at Stanley Park this morning with cloudless skies, no wind and a firm grassy surface. Today's referee finally strolled up unapologetically at 11:05. John Thomson was the youngsters name. 'Seeing as though I'm late we won't bother with the toss up, what do you fancy doing?' The Vets in the orange kicked off playing downhill towards the Park Gates.
Fylde Coast Veterans FC 2010/11
Vet's secretary Chris Giles ensures everyone has paid their subs.
The Sun Inn FC 2010/11
The Vets kick off
Gordon Mason in goals today for the veterans
Andy Sproston (Right)
Young referee John Thomson (Looked like half a pint of Guinness)
George Spittal looks to have been bundled over. The referee certainly thought so and pointed to the spot.
Daz Clarke converted to put the Vets ahead
The Vets started brightly and put some great passing moves together. McPhee and Clarke looked dangerous up front and were linking well. All of their good work was undone on nine and ten minutes. Firstly, keeper Mason mishandled a through ball allowing Paul 'Kittycat' Gaskell to take advantage and then a minute later both centre halves left a ball in the area for each other. The hesitation allowed Mark Yates to nip in and slot it home. 1-2.
Paul 'Subby' Sumner mounts the opposition forward.
On 23 minutes a long ball from Sun Inn Keeper Monty bounced over the head of the right back. The winger ran on and crossed it for Gaskell who swept it home. 1-3
Headed off the line
A great one two between Stuart McPhee and Daz Clarke allowed the latter to head it home past the despairing dive of Sun Inn Keeper Monty. 2 – 3
A boot in the nostril draws blood
Mason leaps to tip it over the bar
On 35 minutes The Sun Inn went 4-2 up following another quick break down the left. The ball was crossed in and Mark Yates smashed it into the top corner. On 41 minutes the Sun Inn were awarded a soft penalty. In the above picture Mike Miah finds the bottom corner to send the Sun Inn FC into the interval with a 2 – 5 lead.
Half time score : Fylde Coast Veterans FC 2 – 5 The Sun Inn FC
Sun Inn supporter
Half time fag
Stanley Park in the autumn – can't beat it
Dougie Roberts (Right)
Mason saves the first effort
But can't do anything about the follow up. Dreadful gear worn today by the Sun Inn FC's PJ Kirtley. Have a raffle please for a few pairs of shirts and socks.
The third penalty of the match. This time Miah chooses the opposite corner and sends Mason the wrong way.
Well taken Gordon
Another goal for the Sun Inn as they ran riot in the second period
Time to change keepers. Sumner takes up the gloves whilst Mason reverts to his more comfortable position at centre half.
The aftermath of another Sun Inn strike
47 year old substitute
It's all over.
Final score : Fylde Coast Veterans FC 2 – 12 The Sun Inn FC
To be fair, the Veterans didn't do too badly in the first half and at times played some lovely passing football but as the match went on they became more disjointed at the back and in midfield. Only the efforts of George Spittal kept them moving forward in the opening period and they were not helped by defensive disasters and the award of a soft penalty before the break left them 5-2 down and out of it.In the second half things went from bad to worse as the fast skilful youngsters of the Sun Inn left them camped on the edge of their own box facing wave after wave of attacks as Gaskell, Miah, Jackson and Yates helped themselves to more goals. They'll have to tighten up defensively in midfield and at the back if they're to avoid similar heavy defeats,
A good attacking performance this morning from the Sun Inn FC. They maintained their shape throughout and didn't revert to greedy goal getters hence the high tally they racked up in the end. Four wins in a row now for the Sun as they've finally found their shooting boots. Hopefully, they can continue with this form and push on into the top half of the table. Not a bad tackle in the match.