Each week this season we’ll be focusing on a different club in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance, talking to their manager before and after the match.
To kick-off our new feature, we selected Fleetwood club Additions, who faced a mouthwatering season-opener against Blackhurst Budd.
It was an intriguing test for Stuart Pratt’s side, who were runners-up last year in the premier division and also won the premier/division one cup.
The premier division has become division one in a league restructure and Additions’ first opponents were newly promoted Blackhurst Budd.
It promised to be a testing match for Additions at their Broadwater home against confident opponents who also reached the Lancashire Cup final last season.
It was a good day for star-spotting too as Blackhurst have a rather well-known backer in Stoke City’s former Blackpool and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
Besides offering financial support, the Scotland star helps manager Steve Spencer out in any way he can on match days and was present at Additions.
It was a good day for Adam as not only did his side win 4-2 but his brother Connor was among the scorers.
The prolific Rick Sear bagged a brace and manager’s son Michael Spencer was the other scorer for the visitors.
Blackhurst opened the scoring but Ash Robinson equalised with the first goal of the season for Additions.
The visitors were back in front by half-time as Additions paid the price for a missed penalty.
Blackhurst pulled 4-1 clear in the second half before a Nathan Hine goal, which was little more than a consolation for Additions, completed the scoring.
It’s very early days in Additions’ bid to go one better than last season, when they finished second to Poulton, and they were hoping to get their season up and running in their second outing against Blue Room last night.
Additions boss Stuart Pratt’s verdict:
It’s a very tough start, especially as we have players still on holiday.
The new structure should make the league more competitive and we’re very much looking forward to it, though we expect Blackhurst Budd to be a strong side who compete well at our level.
I’ve played for this club for nine years and been player/manager for most of that time, playing centre midfield.
“It was a good game and the outcome could have been different had we taken our chances, but they are a good side and Charlie Adam has helped to get them organised.
Last time we played them Charlie was just a spectator but he’s more involved now and you can see he is having an impact. It looks like they will do well and I’d expect them to stay strong until the end of the season.
“I thought Stephen Chantler was our outstanding player in centre midfield. Ash Robinson was our top scorer last season and is back among the goals and I think Scott Bradford’s pace down the left will be a big asset for us this season.
“Like a lot of clubs, we struggle in August because of holidays and you won’t really be able to judge us properly until next month.
“Having said that, a good start is important and the next three or four games can play a big part in shaping the season.