Fylde pair go head-to-head

Scott MacNeill

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Scott MacNeill thinks facing a Fylde coast side in tonight’s LFA Amateur Shield final will help both sides.

West Lancashire League pair Blackpool Wren Rovers and Thornton Cleveleys battle out and all-Fylde final for the first time the competition’s history.

Wrens boss MacNeill is hoping his side can make history by winning the trophy for only the second time.

“We are all massively looking forward to the game,” he told The Gazette.

“We are obviously hoping for a win on what is a great occasion for local football.

“I think it helps that we are facing a side we are so familiar with, it allows me to plan our tactics based on what we already know about them.

“We trained last night and all the lads are in good shape and looking forward to the game.”

Thornton Cleveleys manager Steve Breakell has a strong link to his team’s 
opponents, having played with Wren Rovers for more than 15 years.

He said: “I’ve still have a lot of friends there.

“Whoever wins it’s great for the Fylde coast to have two teams in the final.”

It wasn’t an easy road to the final, Thornton Cleveleys with a man sent of in their 2-1 semi final win over Rochdale Sacred Heart

“We had Ashley Gough sent off in the semi final,” said Breakell,

“It seemed a little bit unfair if I’m honest.

“We had to play 60 minutes with 10 men.

“But we’re here and I think we’ve got enough to win it.

“We’ve got some great talent and experience, Phil Thompson who played for Blackpool and some exciting youngsters.

“I’m under no illusion Wrens go into this as favourites but we can give them a game.”

Wrens will be without regular keeper Andy Speight who yesterday underwent an operation on a broken ankle.

MacNeil said: “It’s a massive blow to lose Speighty, we all hope he recovers quickly and that we can win it for him.

“That’s why we have a squad, for situations like this.”

- Tonight’s match is being played at Lancashire FA headquarters in Leyland.

Kick off is at 7.30pm