This weekend was to see a return trip to Cottam Hall, Poulton to watch the Round 4 Gledhill Cup tie between Newton Arms FC and Fleetwood Gym FC but the weather accounted for that one last Thursday. Instead, it was a trip to Lytham YMCA to watch home side Mythop Leisure FC host Real Burlington FC in the same competition. A place in the last eight against the winners of the Fleetwood Kings FC v Quilligans FC match was at stake.
For the third week in succession it was a fine autumnal morning across the Fylde Coast that provided ideal conditions for Sunday morning football. After a week of wind and heavy rain and a lot more of the same forecast for Monday morning we were counting our blessings.Mythop Leisure FC were seventh in the Division 1 table this morning and overall they're doing very well in this tough league after winning promotion in the last campaign. A top six finish would be an extremely creditable outcome but they're still a long way off achieving that target as we go into November. After a first round bye in the Gledhill Cup they knocked out Premier Division side Northern Care FC in round 2 before accounting for Division 3 outfit Teamsport 90 FC in round 3.
Today's opponents were Real Burlingon FC. They continue to make their charge up the BFSFA Divisions. This morning they were well placed in second at the top of Division 2 Four points behind current leaders Number Four Rangers FC. Division 2 looks like turning into an exciting close Division over the second half of the season with at least ten clubs still fancing their chances of promotion. They too received a first round bye. The hammered St Annes FC 8-1 in round 2 before accounting for Division 3 side Mere Park FC 5-1 in Round 3.
A money spinning tie against the winners of the Fleetwood Kings FC v Quilligans FC tie was at stake for the winners in the last eight. This morning's official was Ian Rose. By a bizarre co-incidence he was initially listed for the Newton v Gym Cup tie but like me, ended up in Lytham. The pitch was understandably sticky but playable. Shortly after 11am we were underway. Both managers were grumbling before kick off about being understrenghth. Mythop were in the red and black stripes.
Mythop Leisure FC 2010/11
Real Burlington FC 2010/11
Ian Rose – the man in the middle today
Mythop go close at the far post
The Real Burlington FC looked a dishevelled rabble as they arrived in dribs and drabs as 11am approached. A late night at the Belle Vue dog racing track had left it's toll on Kenny May's men with bleary eyed players struggling to co-ordinate placing net on posts. This was reflected in the opening passage of play and after seven minutes, the defence was static as the Mythop 7 danced into the box, rounded the stand-in keeper Mark Kingsley and slotted it home. 1-0
Allah give me strength
On 12 minutes Mythop doubled their lead. Shocking defending by Burlies. Firstly, a long free kick to the far post wasn't dealt with and when the ball was hooked back across goal the defenders were frozen to the spot as the forward nipped in and scored. 2-0
Young Roxby points the way.
On 22 minutes Matt Rainbow was agriculturally tripped inside the area. The most nailed on penalty witnessed this season – the decision did not provoke one murmur of disagreement from Burlies. Matt Rainbow got up and took it himself firing into the top right corner. 3-0
The Burlingon looked down and out and were facing a cricket score but on 25 minutes they managed to pull one back as ex Seasider Neil Mitchell twisted and turned in the area to nudge it home. 3-1
Andy Willacy comes away with it
Half time score : Mythop Leisure FC 3 – 1 Real Burlington
Real Burlington FC thankful to hear the half time whistle
Burlies supporter Dill Slater on the Stella. I don't think he'd been to bed. He couldn't make his mind up about either being a friendly drunk or a surly drunk but the former just about won out.
Reluctant spectator dragged along today
The 'Purples' start the second half
The Burlies had begun to come around and this combined with Mythop taking their foot off the accelorator allowed them to work their way back into the match. On 70 minutes a long ball sent Neil Mitchell clear, he rounded the keeper and slotted it home. 3-2
A noble stretch from the Mythop defender but he just failed to make it.
Two minutes later and the Burlies support went wild as their side forced an equaliser. Ryan Long headed it goalwards and it went in off the Mythop number 6. Game on. 3-3
Jesus, the shirts off – get the card out Rosie
On 80 minutes a rather shell shocked Mythop had a chance to seal it but a fantastic flying save from Kingsley denied them.
The clock went over the 90 minutes and with the crowd whistling it looked as though we heading into extra time but up cropped hero Adam Scholes who cut inside a bent a delightful curling shot into the top corner. A goal worthy of winning any match. 4-3
Flashpoint – The Burlies liner and Mythop substitute go head to head as frustrations boil over. Fortunately, there was no resultant unpleasantness.
But there was still time for another penalty after a Mythop player was roughly brought to the ground. Ewart converted and then Mr Rose blew the final whistle. Game over.
Final score : Mythop Leisure FC 5 – 3 Real Burlington FC
A chance of playing in the last eight of the Gledhill Quarter finals doesn't come around too often and when it does you've got to be prepared, up for it and reasonably healthy with your best available squad on the pitch. Burlies were still at the races (greyhound), literally, during the first 20 minutes and unsurprisingly were 3-0 down to a hard working Mythop side who were playing some great football going forward with Matt Rainbow dictating the play. Mitchell pulled one back for the visitors but at the break there were few punters placing bets on any kind of fightback.
In the second period, Mythop were not as convinving and the heavy pitch was beginning to take its effect on the weary legs of the players. The Burlington kept battling and with 20 minutes left they deservedly pulled level after good spells of possession. Mythop again fought back but when Kingsley pulled off the save of the day it looked as though the game had swung against them but up popped Scholes to break Burlie's hearts and put the Mighty Mythop into the last eight. The penalty deep into injury time was merely the icing on the cake. Credit to both sides for putting on an exciting Cup tie and good luck to Mythop in the next round. An easy game for Mr Rose who refereed it well.