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Key news and reports: WEEKEND 11/12 APRIL

12s BOYS REACH HOGAN PLATE FINAL

Following a week of bright sunshine, rain and gales returned to the Fylde Coast this weekend. At a windswept Blackpool Rd North our 12s Boys overcame the difficult conditions to beat neighbours St Annes FC in the semi finals of the Hogan Plate. Strikes by Dimitri Jackson and Jacob Grice gave us a 2-0 half time lead and an exquisit lob over the keeper by Rio Louth in the second half sealed a 3-0 victory for our boys. Over at Boundary Park our 15s Boys kept their slim title hopes alive with an excellent 5-0 victory over FC Rangers, Charlie Portlock notching two of our goals.

Our 11s Boys took on new champions BJFF Blades at Seafield where we were very unlucky to not to take something from the game. We fell behind twice but showing great spirit we levelled twice with goals by Spencer Phillips and Ashley Waterfield. It looked like we were going to earn a very creditable point until controversy struck in the closing minutes. A shot by a Blades forward was scooped off the line and the ball was cleared but the referee decided that it had crossed the line and awarded a goal to the visitors even though he was some distance from goal and this clinched a 3-2 win for the visitors. This was tough on our boys but it was an excellent team performance against such strong opposition.

Our 11s Girls played their last home game of the season in what was probably the worst of the weekend's weather. The game against league leaders AFC Darwen was played in driving rain and a strengthening wind at Seafield which made conditions very difficult for both teams. The visitors' overall strength told on the day and with two goals in each half they went home with a 4-0 victory but both team deserve great credit for their efforts in atrocious conditions.   


 

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