Pulcinellas v Wrea Green?, Poulton v Ingol?, Mythop v Quilligans?, County v West Coast Tackle Postal? One by one they all went down for one reason or another. In the end only four matches survived the overnight frost in the Blackpool & Fylde Sunday Football Alliance. On Pitch 3 at Commonedge Road, CBFC Choices Furniture took on DH Gas FC in the opening round of the Division 4 Cup. Referee Ross Swift gave the go ahead for an 11:30 kick off.
We were certianly lucky to get any football played this morning and at one stage I thought we wouldn't have a game to cover for the third week in a row. On Pitch 3 at Commonedge Road, CBFC Choices Furniture were at home to DH Gas FC in the first round of the Division 4 Cup. CBFC are going well this season and the league table had them in third this morning whilst opponents DH Gas FC were down in eleventh. The teams had already met twice in the league with CBFC coming out on top on both occasions with two 2-1 victories. In the Gledhill, CBFC were thrashed early doors by current holders Poulton whilst DH Gas also went out early to Division 1 outfit Spindles. Referee Ross Swift passed the surface fit to play after allowing for a thirty minute delay. DH Gas FC were in the red kit. Just bfore 11:30 surrounded by empty pitches we were underway.
Registration Secretary Carole Cox FC explains the risks of deciding to play without the go ahead of an official referee before the Blue Room v Fleetwood Kings tie – match postponed
The pitch at AFC Blackpool was thawing nicely in most places but the shadow from the South stand put paid to any football at that venue this morning.
CBFC Choices Furniture secretary Donna Artis. Don't mess with her, she put those flags in place like a knife through margerine.
CBFC begin their pre-match preparation
…………………as did the players of DH Gas FC
Huddled together for warmth
The toss up
Division 4….Far too many girlie gloves, 'undershirts' and hats on display for my liking
An eclectic crowd of bored referees and winter cyclists
Well, it had to happen one day. I've had the ball in the groin before but as I took a picture of the above clearance, the ball hit the camera full on which crashed into my nose causing bleeding, swelling and a headache. It certainly hasn't improved my chances of success at the office Christmas party.
no beard – ten years younger
CBFC keeper Ben Sly just about grabs it
DH Gas FC keeper Liam in the 'DJ Campbell' boots (Frustrated striker)
Scruffy bunch, DH Gas FC
'69'……Man City's squad numbers only go up to 36 and Quilligans FC up to 42 – they have a big squad at DH Gas
There wasn't much to report in the first half with defences on top and goalkeepers rarerly troubled
Half time score : CBFC Choices Furniture 0 – 0 DH Gas FC
The lovely Donna Artis
AFC Blackpool personnel inspect the pitches in advance of the afternoon junior football – all off by the look of it.
CBFC start the second period
On the hour mark, the deadlock was finally and deservedly broken by the away side. Scott Lyon (prone) was given far too much time on the edge of the box. His overhead kick deceived both the defender and keeper Sly to find the back of the net. 0-1
Referee Ross Swift – well into his Seventies (the game only went ahead as the players convinced him it was mid August) shares a laugh with the players
'Yeah'…………'you think so'…………'yeah'……….'well then'…..ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
He's clean through, the keeper's out, the ball's lobbed over him………….but it agonisingly goes over the CBFC cross bar
Painful cramp sets in
But referee Swift says that's enough – game over
After three weeks of blank weekends it was great and get and see some live football and even though you could still hear the sound of stud on the hard surface in the latter stages as the players hoofed across the pitch you'd have to say that the 30 minute delay made the pitch just about playable. Not the most exciting of Cup ties with only a handful of clear cut chances. DH Gas deserved it and with a little more clinical finishing they should have won by two or three but all too often, an extra and unnecessary touch cost them but they played well with some good passing football as they moved up the pitch. Both keepers handled the ball well apart from the goal which Sly will feel as though he should have had it. CBFC were a little flat going forward this morning and in the second half only created one chance of real note when a long range effort was tipped around the post. Good luck to manager Lee Ramsden and his team in the next round. Well officiated by Mr Swift.
Final score : CBFC Choices Furniture 0 – 1 DH Gas FC
Good game mate……..the Captains shake hands at the end of the match