A new venue for 'Sportspy Reports' this morning. Carr Hill School, Kirkham where Division 4 high flyers Stable Bar FC were at home to Lane Ends Reserves FC in a local derby looking to extend their long unbeaten league run to five months.
Last Sunday's 2-1 victory over Metrostars FC combined with the No1 Club FC's 6-1 home defeat to the Sun Inn FC officially elevated Stable Bar FC from Division 4 title chasers to Division 4 title favourites. The recent surge of Ben Wrigley's team up the table has been thanks to a run of thirteen wins and one draw from the last fourteen league matches. Their last defeat came back on August 22nd when they lost 2-1 to current leaders No1 Club FC. Stable Bar are now only one point behind the No1 Club with a game in hand. They had a decent run in the Gledhill Cup. After good wins against FC Kingsfield and Fylde Coast Vets they were eventually knocked out narrowly by quarter-finalists Spindles FC, the game finishing 4-3. The club are still in the Division 4 Cup where they'll also play today's opponents Lane Ends Reserves FC in the last eight.
Fellow Kirkham side Lane Ends Reserves FC are in their first season and currently down in twelfth position. From their first eighteen games Dave Pearse's team have managed to gain only five wins and one draw. That solitary draw came against the Stable Bar back on August 18th. They've suffered a couple of big defeats but many of their twelve losses look to have been close with only the odd goal in it. In the Gledhill they did well against Fleetwood Kings in Round 2 after a Round 1 bye when they only went down 1-0. In the Divisional Cup they edged out Cuban Allstars 4-3 in the opening Round to set up the forthcoming 2nd round tie against Stable.
Although the temperature hovered around freezing overnight, the heavy frost from Saturday morning that had accounted for most of yesterday's local football had been slow to thaw. Referee Peter Sutton inspected the Carr Hill surface and fortunately passed it fit to play although it was touch and go. Just after 11am, with the weather calm, cold and overcast, we were underway with Stable Bar in the blue kicking off towards Preston.
Stable Bar FC 2010/11
Lane Ends Reserves FC 2010/11
Mr Sutton's whistle signals kick off time as the Stable Bar FC get us underway.
On 4 minutes away side Lane Ends swung in a corner. The keeper struggles to punch it away
There's an almighty scramble
Before Craig Gillies stretches out a leg to nudge it over the line. Lane Ends take a shock lead. 0-1
A jungle trek every time the ball goes out on the A583 side of the pitch.
Shaun Worden (Blue centre)
On 9 minutes Mr Sutton awarded a rather harsh penalty against Lane Ends. A shot from the edge of the box was adjudged to have hit an arm. Brett Nixon stepped home and slotted into the bottom right hand corner.
Stay on your feet.
There's one in every team……..an early morning can
Andrew 'Bubbles' Short
On 25 minutes Lane Ends skipper Alec Walker put Lane Ends Reserves back into the lead. A long ball from the right found the big lad completely unmarked. In the above picture he hit a first time half volley with his right foot that flashed into the bottom left hand corner. On this pitch, and with the right foot, this effort would have missed 99 times out of a hundred but this time it paid off – cracking goal. 1-2
Two minutes later, Brett Nixon found himself played onside by a Lane Ends defender. He had all the time in the world to take a touch and place it into the corner. 2-2
The local constabulary keeps a watchful eye on the Kirkham derby. Hey kid……never run with a lollipop in your mouth.
Worden goes close
Taking a breather
Half time score : Stable Bar FC 2 – 2 Lane Ends Reserves FC
Half time. The big crowd swelled by Wrea Green FC players whose match at Boundary was frosted off
Winter Sunday football at Carr Hill School, Kirkham
The Stable go close
On the hour mark the Stable took the lead for the first time. A free kick from the left was met by the back of Ben Barrow's head. 3-2. A rare goal from a player who was playing his last game before flying off to New Zealand
One of the misses of the season by Stable Bar FC's number 11. He didn't even hit the target
And they were made to pay as Walker scored his second of the match on 65 for Lane Ends. A long ball over the top was expertly controlled before he smashed it across the keeper and into the top corner. 3-3
On 85 minutes the Stable Bar were awarded their second penalty of the game after a player was tripped just inside the box. Up stepped the reliable Brett Nixon (Far right) to score his hat -trick after choosing the opposite corner and sending the keeper the wrong way. 4-3
Mr Sutton gets in to separate the big lads
Lane Ends push for an equaliser
Cramp sets in
Alec Walker (Right)
Game over – a great contest
Final score : Stable Bar FC 4 – 3 Lane Ends Reserves FC
The victory made it 43 points from the last 45 for Stable Bar FC although they were pushed all of the way by a battling Lane Ends Reserves FC. Stable Bar FC just about deserved to win based on clear cut chances but Lane Ends may feel aggrieved that all of their hard work left them with nothing. Stable Bar FC look good going forward and are at times a little reckless when leaving only two at the back. Lane Ends probably played to their limits this morning and despite the difficult surface gave a good account of themselves – they didn't look a team that were struggling down in twelfth.
Stable Bar FC now look to be the team to catch in Division 4. Well officiated by Mr Sutton and for the second week in succession no cards had to be shown despite a local derby being played in front of a big crowd. The teams meet once again in the Divisional Cup in a fortnight's time and the fans won't be complaining if they are provided with similar high drama. Excellent performances from Nixon (Stable Bar FC) and Walker (Lane Ends Reserves FC).