Reform win historic final

Blackhurst Budd FC (Red) v Reform FC (Blue)
Blackhurst Budd FC (Red) v Reform FC (Blue)
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REFORM FC won the battle of Blackpool to lift the Lancashire Sunday Trophy.

Mark Spedding’s side beat fellow Alliance side Blackhurst Budd 4-0 in the first ever all Blackpool final at Leyland.

Goals from Phil Smith, Kevan Ford, Phil Thompson and Ryan Willetts brought the trophy back to the Fylde coast for only the second time in 20 years, after a game which was much tighter than the scoreline suggests. Division One side Budd went into the game as huge underdogs but in the first half you wouldn’t have known it. While neither side came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening period, Blackhurst should have taken the lead soon after.

Ben Seear capitalised on a scuffed clearance from Reform keeper Mark Smith only to see his curling effort land the wrong side of the post.

But as the game went on Reform grew in stature and got the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining.

Michael Clark found space in midfield before lifting a lovely ball into the path of Smith, who controlled and finished well.

Despite a spirited response from Budd, Reform made it two when Ford smashed home from a corner before Willetts killed the game with a third.

And with the game almost at an end, former Blackpool defender Thompson crept into the box unmarked to head home a free-kick from six yards.

Winning boss Spedding said: “I’m delighted with my side. They deserved the win.

“We weren’t at our best in the first half but were brilliant after the break and our quality shone through in the end.

“I pointed a few fingers at half-time and the lads responded to what I said. All credit to Blackhurst, who did well to get the final.”