Courtesy of the BFSFA committee, here are all of the provisional results from today's programme of Sunday football action. The tables, fixtures and results have now been updated. If in doubt, please call Dennis on 391055. Midweek evening fixtures continue on Wednesday.
All I've heard all week is how it was going to be 17 degree sunshine on Sunday. Not quite. Instead, it was blowing a gale and pouring down, 'minging' was the most heard description. It was semi final day in two of the Divisional Cup competitions. The final of the Prem/Division 1 Cup will be contested between AFC Additions and Poulton SFC who both maintain hopes of the double. The Prem sides both knocked out Division 1 opponents. AFC Additions beat Northern Care Colts 3-2 whilst Poulton beat Sportsworld Media 5-1. In the Division 2/3 Cup Teamsport 90 FC pulled off the result of the day beat Normoss Newton Arms FC 3-0. In the final that will be played at Fleetwood Town's Highbury stadium they'll play the Devonshire Arms FC who beat Clifton Rangers FC 1-0.
In the Premier Division, Molloys FC drew 1-1 with Reform Health Club FC. Each of them have a game left but Reform will finish third with Molloys in a very respectable fourth.
There's still a lot of football to be played in Division 1 but the Golden Eagle FC currently hold top spot after a fine 3-0 away win at Wrea Green who dropped to third. Blackhurst Budd FC move into second tonight following a comprehensive 7-0 victory against Chris Allen Garages FC. Bathroom Solutions FC are one of three sides on thirty points. They beat Mythop Leisure 9-0 away from home. The Saddle and CTK FC drew 1-1.
Northern Rags have finally hit top spot in Division 2 as they recorded a 1-0 win away at Xceptional Kitchens, perhaps they'll now stay there? None of the others in the top four were in action. FC Rangers won 4-1 against Number Four Celtic and AFC Wilo drew 4-4 with Marton Institute. Uncle Tom's Cabin just love the Fyldesport camera. They played well at the Edge to beat Highfield Social 3-1.
Frenchman's Cove went top of Division 3 after an important 2-0 win away at Wesham. Rivals Bispham Hotel crashed 4-0 away at Athletico Excelsior whilst Kingsfield were held to a 3-3 draw by Hampton Social. Old England enjoyed 5-1 win against Metrostars. In Division 4, Wesham Town FC are firmly installed as title favourites after they beat Fire & Ice 7-0. Second placed Pump & Truncheon surprisingly 'no showed' against Score FC. Victoria are doing all they can to catch Wesham as they narrowly beat Layton 3-2. Finally, in the battle of oldies v youngsters, the Fylde Coast Veterans beat the Highlands 7-2……………………….and now the sun comes out……….
Action from a wet and windy Commonedge Road where the conditions were harsh to say the least. In this picture, a Hampton Social FC player (white) challenges for the ball against a Kingsfield FC opponent in the Division 3 fixture (More pictures below)
Premier Division/Division 1 Cup (Semi finals)
AFC Additions 3 – 2 Northern Care Colts
Poulton SFC 5 – 1 Sportsworld Media
Division 2/3 Cup (Semi finals)
Devonshire Arms 1 – 0 Clifton Rangers
Teamsport 90 FC 3 – 0 Normoss Newton Arms FC
Molloys FC 1 – 1 Reform Health Club
Boars Head 1 – 0 21st Century Windows (A no show by 21st Century)
Chris Allen Garages 0 – 7 Blackhurst Budd
Mythop Leisure 0 – 9 Bathroom Solutions
Saddle 1 – 1 CTK FC
Wrea Green 0 – 3 Golden Eagle
Xceptional Kitchens 0 – 1 Northern Rags
FC Rangers 4 – 1 Number Four Celtic
Highfield Social 1 – 3 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Station Tavern 1 – 0 Mereside (A no show by Mereside)
AFC Wilo 4 – 4 Marton Institute
Athletico Excelsior 4 – 0 Bispham Hotel
Hampton Social 3 – 3 FC Kingsfield
Old England 5 – 1 Metrostars
Wesham 0 – 2 Frenchman's Cove
Fire & Ice 0 – 7 Wesham Town
Fylde Coast Veterans 7 – 2 Highlands
Layton FC 2 – 3 Victoria
Score FC 1 – 0 Pump & Truncheon (a no show by Pump & Truncheon)
Sat comfortably watching the Fire & Ice FC v Wesham Town FC in Division 4
Hampton Social FC v FC Kingsfield
Fire & Ice Fc v Wesham Town FC
Highfield Social FC (Red) v Uncle Tom's Cabin FC in Division 2
Highfield Social FC supporter aptly sporting the club colours
another Social supporter
out watching Dad
The Highfield liner keeps his eye on the ball
Referee Dale Harvey
The old men of Fylde Coast Vets FC (Blue) giving the youngsters of Highlands FC a lesson this morning in Division 4.
Out bravely watching on the rain lashed fields of Commonedge Road – it beats tanning the Playstation any day….doesn't it?
Gavin Hughes the stand in keeper for Reform Health Club FC in their Premier Division match away at Molloys FC
The second half gets underway
Phil Smith clattered
Ryan Willetts (Left)
Veteran striker Lee Impett comes away with the ball
Sportspy 2012 /13
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Tonight witnessed the final of the Lancashire Sunday Trophy – the pinnacle for Lancashire Sunday footballers. It was an occasion made all the more special as two BFSFA sides reached the final for the first time. Reform Health Club FC of the Premier Division took on Division 1 team Blackhurst Budd FC at the immaculate County Ground, the headquarters of the Lancashire Football Association.
The Lancashire Sunday Trophy is an extremely difficult competition as many of our teams will tell you and in the twelve years I've been covering Fylde Coast Sunday Football and previous to tonight I've seen one of our teams reach the final on two occasions. The first time Quilligans were well beaten and on the second occasion, Poulton SFC brought the trophy home to the Fylde Coast for the first time since about 1993. This year, two BFSFA sides reached the final and that's a great reflection of our local football as well as a fantastic achievement. You may not realise it but we're living through a golden age with Blackpool FC, Fleetwood Town, AFC Fylde as well as many of our Saturday teams like Wren Rovers, Norcross, Thornton, Lytham etc and having two of our Sunday teams fight their way past 130 other teams from across Lancashire makes my strange hobby all worth while. It's far from easy to get to the final so a special mention to Division 1 side Blackhurst Budd FC who knocked out some very good sides along the way.
On to the match (Brief summary). The pitch was perfect, the sun came out early doors and with the wind dropping it was almost perfect conditions for football. The first half was frankly poor with neither keeper getting their knees dirty. Reform started the second half very brightly with Jordan Spedding hittinh a left footed volley that was tipped away for a corner. Phil Smith opened the scoring for Reform. An exquisite diagonal ball from Michael Clark found the run of Smith who controlled it brilliantly before finishing neatly. Kevan Ford scored a second following a corner that was only half cleared. Ryan Willetts pounced on a rebound to knock home the third and Phil Thompson was left completely unmarked to finish the game off with a powerful header.
Reform Health Club FC more than deserved their victory. The foundations of that victory were in defence with the back three of Thompson, Taberner and Ford looking unbeatable. Every credit to Blackhurst Budd FC. They more than matched their opponents until the first goal was conceded and although they'll be disappointed with the last thirty minutes as they went chasing the game they can take a lot of pride in reaching this prestigious final. Well done to Reform manager Mark Spedding who is rumoured to be retiring at the end of the season. If he does, he'll be going out on a high with a lot of good memories.
Pictures and video below; Apologies but the Fyldesport camera struggles as soon as the gloom sets in but at least they give you a flavour of proceedings and the video of the second goal is pretty good if I say so myself.
The County Ground, Leyland. LFA Headquarters – a great venue, especially the pitch which is one of the best in the county
The dignitaries are introduced to the teams (Reform in the blue)
Blackhurst Budd FC 2012/13
Reform Health Club FC 2012/13
Reform kick off
An early chance for Blackhurst
The Blackhurst dugout
The Reform Health club (Owners and sponsors) up in the royal box
Reform keeper Mark Smith
Blackhurst's best chance of the first half with a whipped in cross just taken off the head of the number ten by the fingertips of keeper Smith
Reform go close
Taberner in the book
Reform score the all important second goal as Kevan Ford fires home a half cleared corner
Too dark for the camera now…apologies to Phil Thompson who headed home the fourth
Final score: Reform Health Club FC 4 – 0 Blackhurst Budd FC
Blackhurst Budd FC collect their runners up medals
2012/13 Lancashire Sunday Trophy winners – Reform Health Club FC
The jubilant winners dressing room
Manager Mark Spedding finally gets his hands on the famous trophy once again after a 19 year interval. Sincere congratulations to him and all of his Reform Health Club FC team.
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