THE rain that fell during the latest round of matches in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Football Alliance failed to dampen the goal-scoring talents of the players.
There were an exceptional 182 goals with 17 of them being hat-tricks.
In the Gledhill Cup, Molloys FC won 4-2 against Mythop Leisure thanks to Kevin Beesting(2), Carl Bennett and Michael Braebaum despite Mark Sloane’s best effort to keep Mythop in the game.
In the Premier Division, Blackpool Catholic Club took the lead against Poulton SFC through a goal from Nigel Marlow but Poulton came back and made it 2-1 at half time.
However, Blackpool Catholic Club were unable to match up to a strong Poulton squad in the second half and the game ended 9-2 with a hatrick from Carl Eastwood, Lee Catlow(2), Stuart Holloway(2) as well as a consolation goal from Jimmy Gilmour for the Catholic Club.
Reform Health FC can have no complaints about losing out to AFC Additions in a well fought out match after dominating most of the game but failing to convert their chances. A breakaway from Scott Bradford sealed the points for the visitors and AFC Additions won the match 1-0.
Division One saw plenty of action, including a 5-0 win for Wrea Green FC.
Adrian Hunt(2), Michael Cartmell, Nathan Cook and Michael Stones took the goal opportunities and continued to deny CTK their first league win.
Blackhurst Budd brothers Rick and Ben Seear caused some degree of upset when they ensured a 4-1 win over higher placed Northern Care Colts.
Bathroom Solutions came away with a disappointing 2-2 draw against 21st Century Windows after an own goal destroyed Bathroom Solutions hopes of extending their lead at the top of the league.
Lastly, SportWorld Media got their first win of the season against Golden Eagle FC thanks to Craig Worrall and Wayne Gardiner with the match ending 2-0.
Division Two side Devonshire Arms continued their splendid run with the 7-0 win against Teamsport 90.
They have now won their last four games scoring 26 goals without conceding.
Despite missing a penalty Scott Grimes scored a second successive hat trick with other goals from Nick Tosh(2), Andrew Slater and substitute Lee Ferguson. Fylde Coast Gates also maintained their position at top of the league after a 6-4 win against AFC Wilo with Zack McGuirk helping himself to a hatrick and Michael De Andrade(2) scoring for Wilo.
Mereside FC played host to FC Rangers and despite a hatrick from Ashley Casey this wasn’t enough to keep them in the game. FC Rangers went onto win 5-3 with another hatrick scored by Martin Ireland and two goals from Cory Sellers.
In Division Three, with more than a little assistance from Marc Hanson(2), Daniel Rapley(2) and a hatrick from Kieran Rimmington, Clifton Rangers beat Old England FC 8-3 despite Kieran O’Boyle’s best effort with another hat-trick. Athletico Excelsior also increased their goal difference with a 6-4 win over Kirkham Con Club FC with hat-tricks from Sam Bannister and Ryan Dodd for their respective teams. Finally a battle between the top two teams concluded with a well earned 2-2 draw.
Bispham Hotel stay in the number one position followed very closely by Kingsfield FC.
Division Four did not fail to disappoint with several teams increasing their goal differences.
Pump and Truncheon FC continued their unbeaten run with a 16-1 win over lower league Highlands FC with goals from Rob Norton(5), Jamie Taylor(2) and hat-tricks from Tom Delaney, Martyn Finnigan and Ryan Smith. JJ Property Services are still at the bottom of the league after losing 12-1 to an ecstatic Marton Athletic with hatricks galore from Simon Annetts, Richard Eaves and Daniel Smith. H&A FC moved up the table with a 4-0 win over Fire and Ice FC. Wesham Town met Score FC in another battle between the second and third spot with Score emerging victorious with a 6-4 win thanks to Matthew Parr(2), Richard Horrocks, Lee Heath, Alan Greenwood and James Geraghty.
Dutton Arms played Victoria FC in a well fought match which ended in a 3-2 win for the home team whilst Layton FC enjoyed a 4-3 win over Fylde Coast Vets despite Damian Dinsmore scoring another goals to add to his tally.
Walkabout FC moved up a place in the league with a easy 4-0 win over DH Gas with Adam Walsh(2), Sammi Azzuz and Sam Ives all contributing to the final scoreline.