Luke Noble fired a last-minute winner to crown Boars Head Thistle as Lancashire champions last night.
Noble’s last-gasp strike sealed a superb comeback by Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance team Boars, who found themselves a goal behind and down to 10 men after Antony Pearson was sent off against Preston’s Ingol Rangers in the Lancashire Sunday Trophy final.
In front of a 300-strong crowd at the Lancashire FA’s Leyland headquarters, the Alliance side drew level with 15 minutes to go thanks to a goal from former Blackpool defender Phil Thompson.
And just as the game looked to be heading to penalties, substitute Noble popped up at the death to win clinch the win.
Boars’ attentions will now turn to Alliance action with this season’s Gledhill Cup final, which will be a repeat of the last as holders Blackhurst Budd won their semi- final 4-1 against Additions to book their place against Boars, who beat AFC Wilo 3-0.
Brett Dawson, Tarren Moxon, Max Landless and Ben Seear scored to send Budd to Bloomfield Road (Nathan Hine replied), with and Kenny Cram (2) and Ryan Tanser on target for Thistle.
In the Bathroom Solutions-sponsorred league, Clifton went three points clear at the top of the premier division after goals from Adam Heaney(2), Corey Harrison and Kieran Rimmington gave them a 4-1 win at Belle Vue Rangers, Ryan Bradley with the reply.
Sean Kenny(2), Barry Davenport, Matty Askin, Dax Hoogerwerf and Craig Worrall gave A and P Autos a 6-0 win against Bispham.
Elsewhere, goals from Jarred Bain, Marco Cobb, Aaron Fleming and Ellis Hulme sealed Saddle’s 4-2 win at Wrea Green.
Division one leaders 21st Century Windows went eight points clear after goals from David Giles (2), Matthew Jones and James Myers gave them a 4-2 win at Highfield Social, for whom Ryan Adderley scored both.
Old England stunned Hampton Social 4-1 to go fourth, with a brace for Ash Moreau and further goals from Steven Turner and Joshua Walker. Craig Robinson scored Hampton’s consolation.
A hat-trick from Shane Hull helped Kingsfield to a 6-1 win at Edwardian (Matty Grime), Chris Edge, Steve Hurst and Liam Jenks scoring the other three.
Matching that scoreline were Hassra Fylde at The New Albert, where two goals apiece for Steven Rankine and Daniel Stoney made a difference. Daryl Rankine and Alex Trushell also scored, as did Johnathan Salanki for the hosts.
In the second division, Belle Vue edged closer to the title with a 3-0 win against Marshall Court thanks to Jason Nuttall (2) and Robert Pye.
The gap at the top widened because FC Townhouse lost their first game since August. Goals from Robert Griffiths and Joe Turner gave Highfield a 2-1 win over them, despite Matty Parr replying.
A hat-trick from Kelvin Doran, a brace from Thomas Sleet and a Michael Gaynor strike gave Wyre a 6-1 win against the Swan, for whom Josh Kirkman scored.
Spoils were shared as goals from Jack Hayton and Jason McGreehin for Old Bridge House and by Michael Crossland and Nitijat Sirijom for FC Albion saw the teams draw 2-2.
Finally, Steve Feeney and Callum Greenall’s goals gave Metrostars a 2-1 win over Highlands (Gavin Hughes).