Out early this morning at Commonedge Road, Blackpool for the beginning of a very long day as a number of games were kicking off early in anticipation of the Arsenal FC match. Once again, the Edge was the venue for the Divisional Cup semi finals, this time for Divisions 2 & 3 in a rather truncated 'Sportspy Reports'.
Out on Pitch 8, the semi final between Division 2 sides Real Burlington FC and Tower Lounge FC (Red and white) kicked off just before 10am. It was rather an uneventful first half. In the second period the Lounge raced into a 3-0 lead before Burlies bravely pulled it back to 3-2 but Tower booked their place in the final thanks to a Chris Preece free kick that made it 4-2 and game over.
Liner Dave Connor ensures Chris Nay placed the corner in the 'D'
Tower Lounge FC defend
Veteran Stuart Todd is firstly sent to bring back the brews
Stuart Todd again in the background – this time he's on his way back from a long trek after being sent to fill the water bottles. Surely he's caught manager Kenny Mew's eye for the clubman of the year award?
Tony Swallow with the pass
Shaun Meehan in trouble with Sandy Gear
Matt Hindle – the sunshine bringing out his freckles – cute
Guess who in the book – a poor example to youngsters
Free kick, Nay is unmarked and powers a great header into the top corner. Sandy Gear disallowed it for a push
On Pitch 7 the officials were ready for the Teamsport 90 FC v Wrea Green FC semi final – we were promised another early start
Teamsport 90 FC were kicking about around 09:30 – still no sign of Wrea Green FC at 10:25
Nick Devereaux about to pounce but the Burlies scramble it away
Tower Lounge FC keeper
Tower Lounge FC free kick
Smartly taken by the keeper
Dennis Wild and Nigel Hough (BFSFA committee)
Ex referee Steve Waller (Centre)
On of our better videos. Chris Preece fires home a free kick to put the Tower Lounge FC 4-2 up and safely into the final
Just a few pictures from the Shovels v AFC Additions game in Division 1 that finished 3-3
Shovels FC keeper Mo in his warm up routine – far more supple than I.
The sun is out and so are the wags – nice and settled with a mug of tea (Additions in the red)
The Shovels FC score another first half goal
Fylde Coast Gates (indescribable colour ) v FC Newton in the Prem. (1-4)
Finally, we had some action in the Teamsport 90 FC (Blue) v Wrea Green FC semi final. This one finished at 1-1 with Division 3 side Teamsport 90 FC doing well against their higher Division opponents. The score remained the same after extra time but it was Teamsport 90 FC that triumphed in the dreaded penalty shoot out – well done to them.
A good stretch and save by the Teamsport 90 FC keeper
He's round the keeper – he must score?
No, it was blocked and cleared to safety
That's it – sorry I had to leave – on my way to Bloomfield Road.