WEEKEND 23 JANUARY 2016

FIVE GOALS FOR SPENCER AND FOUR FOR ELLIE IN UNDER 12 GAMES - 14s EARN A POINT WITH STUNNING FIGHTBACK - 16s' HEARTACHE IN CUP SHOOT OUT

After 10 weeks of relentless rainfall which had wrecked fixture schedules every weekend since the beginning of November, a relatively drier week allowed the majority of youth games to go ahead this weekend. Our 12s Boys hosted Fleetwood Town Whites on the Saturday morning at Seafield in the Coulton Cup 1st round and helped by a 5-goal haul from Spencer Phillips our boys notched up a comfortable   9-1 victory. At Seafield on the Sunday morning our 12s Girls were back in action for the first time since 22nd November. Whitworth Valley were the visitors and as they had beaten us 5-1 earlier in the season this looked a tricky game for our girls. However, despite their long lay-off our girls performed superbly and reversed the result in this return game with a 5-1 win, the outstanding Ellie McNally leading the way with four of our goals.

On the Sunday afternoon our 14s Boys took on BJFF Blues at Seafield. The first half was evenly contested but a combination of slack defending from YMCA and some good finishing by the Blues we went into half time 3-0 behind. However, displaying outstanding character and spirit in the 2nd half our boys fought back superbly to earn a 3-3 draw with strikes by Spencer Baxendale, Finn Breakell and Ruben Shaw in a highly entertaining contest. Our 16s Boys were at the Bispham Gala Field for a Hogan Cup 1st round tie against Blackpool Rangers. After all the recent rain it was hardly surprising that the pitch was very heavy and difficult for both teams and it ended in a goalless stalemate. The tie had to be decided by the obligitory penalty shootout and it was Rangers who came out on top  5-4. Our 16s Girls made the trip over to East Lancs to take on Great Harwood. The home side led 1-0 at the break but we levelled after the restart with a strike by Poppy Bunting and we created many other chances to go in front. Unfortunately we failed to capitalise and it was Harwood who scored again to restore their lead and take the points with a 2-1 victory.