Across at Commonedge Road, Blackpool this morning looking in on all six of the games that were being played at the famous venue. Matches were taking place in four of the five BFSFA Divisions with five of the new BFSFA sides being pictured for the first time.
On Pitch 6 we had the Division 4 clash between new boys Victoria Hospital FC and Soul Suite FC. The Hospital boys are taking a little time to adjust to eleven a side on grass but appear to be improving all the time. They made early season pacesetters Soul Suite FC work very hard this morning for their 3-1 victory. Soul Suite FC were in the tangerine.
The toss up
A nasty knock on the head
Unsurprisingly, the Hospital side were well versed in a bit of makeshift first aid.
Pitch 5 saw the Division 4 match between new clubs Berry's Beds FC and Stanley Arms, Wesham FC (Stripes). The Beds started much the brighter and quickly raced into a 2-0 lead with the wind on their backs. Stanley pulled one back before the break but in the end, Berry's continued their decent start with a 4-2 win. Stanley look to have some pace in the side and on early impressions I think they'll do quite well when they establish a consistent system.
The Stanley player beats the Berry's keeper to the ball and pulls a goal back to make it 2-1.
There was a lot of sitting on footballs going on today
The Stanley wall remains solid and together for the free kick…..not
Into Division 2 and on Pitch 3 the Clifton Arms FC (Orange) were entertaining Blackpool Lane Ends FC. After drawing against Boars Head FC in midweek Clifton showed that they'll most likely be challengers in this Division. After going behind early doors the side showed grit and determination to come back and eventually run out comfortable winners with a 7-3 win.
Penalty to Clifton and the player on the left converts it brilliantly, you can't save those.
An equaliser for Clifton and there was no looking back
Finally made the back four
Pitch 2 and it was the Division 2 match between 21st Century Windows FC (Blue) against the Travel Village FC. This was an exciting game where the lead changed hands on three occasions. 21st Century started off brightly and took the lead but they looked shaky from crosses and after failing to deal with two high balls they went behind. However, they doggedly stuck at their task and came away with all three points following a 4-3 win.
Mum pinching all of the Quavers whilst giving the Special K a miss
Stuart in goals ready for a sharp exit on the pushbike if things went badly
21st Century poorly defend a cross
and the Village equalise
Another cross, another scramble and another goal for the Village
Back to Division 2 where in form Lane Ends FC were away at Blue Spot Knee Clinic FC (Blue). This was another close game and it wasn't until midway through the second half when the Kirkham outfit all but wrapped things up with a 2-0 win.
It'll go egg shaped!
The Lane Ends FC defensive wall
2-0 up so player manager Dave Bamber fancies a run (stroll) upfront
'Steady big fella'……………..yellow card
In the far distance there's a flashpoint in the Clifton v Blackpool Lane Ends game and Mr Cunliffe brandishes the red card.
And there's a goal back for 21st Century Windows that provoked an over-excitable spectator to invade the pitch
He's back again, surely it's a final warning.
Finally, we had the good looking fixture between Bathroom Solutions FC and Blackpool Motor Works FC in Division 1. Goalless at the break there wasn't much between these sides but Bathroom took the lead with about fifteen minutes left. When I arrived, Bathroom were well on top and looked like scoring again but the Motor Works never give up and have developed a habit of scoring late equalisers. The same happened today after Matt Derby despatched a penalty with the last kick of the game after Chris Nay had been bundled over in the box. That's four draws in succession for the Motor Works.
Free kick to Bathroom Solutions FC (White)
With the clock ticking on Bathroom Solutions FC were looking to slow things down……a booking for timewasting
A further chip at the ref, second yellow and he's off, Bathroom down to ten.
Liam Frend in nets for Bathroom Solutions FC
Matt Derby sends Frend the wrong way to score a dramatic late equaliser from the spot with the last kick of the match.
Bathroom Solutions FC manager Mark Faber tries to have a post match discussion with referee Andy Byrne who went deaf. No complaints about the penalty from Faber but he wasn't happy with the double yellow.