Another poor weekend of weather could not prevent most matches going ahead in the Poulton and District Primary’s League’s Coulton Cup competitions for U9s and U10s.
YMCA’s Under-9s teams experienced mixed fortunes on a cold, wet and windy morning.
The Oranges were always in control against Foxhall Hoops and ran out 7-0 winners, with Dan Chesney and Harvey Barber both claiming hat-tricks. A strike by Will Tobin completed the scoring.
Over at the Bispham Gala Field, BJFF Whites proved too strong for YMCA Blacks on the day, winning 4-0.
Also in group G, Staining Juniors of division 1D welcomed Layton Blues from IB to Staining Millennium Field for an enthralling match, with both sets of players showing a great deal of grit and determination.
At half-time the home team held a 2-0 lead and there wasn’t much between the teams. Staining added four in the second half for a 6-0 victory.
Layton Junior Clarets were 9-2 winners over BJFF Vipers in group F, defying difficult conditions to give a great passing performance in which Jenson Burgess scored a double hat-trick.
Jayden Payne gave his best display of the season to be named man of the match, while right-back Jay Richmond was also outstanding.
BJFF, who trailed 4-1 at half-time, never stopped trying and were rewarded with two well- taken goals.
Poulton Stripes were 9-1 winners over Spirit of Youth Avengers, as great service from man of the match Henry Cocker enabled Manson and Burriell to score in the first half.
With Norris sweeping up at the back, Manson and Gallagher both completed hat-tricks.
Hayes controlled the midfield as Preston and Woodhouse completed the Poulton scoring. Foxhall won at South Shore Youth Panthers in the same group.
Layton Blues lost 6-0 to a Staining side from two divisions above, despite competing well for long periods. Blues keeper Alfie Dowle was in outstanding form.
In group B, Blackpool Rangers Seasiders were victorious at Fleetwood Town and St Annes Greens were winners at Wyre Juniors Blacks.
Lytham Juniors and Thornton Cleveleys Reds both had away victories in group C at Fleetwood Gym Wanderers and Sporting Foxhall respectively.
Group D saw BJFF Blades Blues see off Kirkham Juniors Blues..
There were home wins for both Clifton Rangers Bees and St. Annes Purples in group E over Fleetwood Town Reds and Wyre Juniors Whites respectively.
FC Rangers and Clifton Rangers Hornets could not be separated in a drawn tie in group H, in which Fleetwood Town Whites were victorious at South Shore Youth Tigers.
BJFF Whites defeated bogey team Thornton Blacks 4-1 in the U10 competition.
The Whites started brightly,created early chances and were rewarded with a goal from Josh Nester, who headed over the advancing keeper after 10 minutes.
Thornton replied with a penalty to make it 1-1 at half-time.
BJFF were up for the battle in the second half but the Thornton keeper was in outstanding form, denying Max Johnson on four occasions.
Oliver Ward was also thwarted, first after a run from inside his own half and then from a tremendous volley, as was scorer Nester.
BJFF finally regained the lead when birthday boy Kayden Lord reacted first to a loose ball in the box and back-heeled it through a crowd of players into the net.
Raeden Shirran and Taylor Shaw added further goals to cap a fine performance.
Defender Fin Hambly was named wan of the match in a superb game played in awful conditions.
BJFF Predators Whites and Staining Juniors defied the elements to stage a tremendous contest.
Considering the weather, it was agreed to play just 20 minutes each way.
Staining scored four goals in 10 minutes and held this advantage until half-time.
BJFF came out strongly for the second half and pulled one back straight away through Lucas Preston.
Staining scored a fifth but BJFF persevered and Dylan Taylor scored their second from a free-kick.
George Carr cut the deficit further before BJFF pulled level with two strikes by Ben Hodgkiss, his second from Taylor’s free-kick. Excellent teamwork and determination from both teams.
YMCA and Blackpool Rangers Tangerines battled valiantly at Seafield Road, where YMCA came out on top 4-0.
It was a hard-earned victory as Ali Ruman led the way with two goals. Dev Cooney and Reece Godfrey were the other marksmen.
The other group A match saw Poulton Galaxy see off BJFF Predators Blues.
In group B Blackpool Rangers Seasiders were victorious over Wyre Juniors and Foxhall defeated Fleetwood Gym Warriors.
Fleetwood Gym Wanderers won at Lytham Juniors in group C.
Poulton Town Tigers were group D winners but Poulton Town Panthers were edged out by AFC Blackpool in group E, in which Poulton Dynamos saw off Fleetwood Gym Wolves.
AFC Blackpool Whites were victorious against Poulton Flames in group F.
In group G, Clifton Rangers Wasps saw off Thornton Cleveleys Blues and Kirkham Juniors Blues won at Layton Juniors.
Group H saw Clifton Rangers Bees beat South Shore Warriors, while there was a draws between Fleetwood Town and Foxhall Hoops
YMCA retained top spot in the U11 league with a 7-2 win over BJFF Blades.
A strong, blustery and bitterly cold wind, with squally showers, made conditions appalling for both teams and after an even start to the game
YMCA began to take the initiative and reach half-time with a 3-1 lead. YMCA continued to have the upper hand and added a further four goals, with the visitors notching a second consolation late in the game.
Noah Mawene and Charlee McGuiness both netted twice, with Daniel Keegan, Thomas Shuttleworth and Kaiden Pirrie all on target also.
Jacob Buchan and Ross Hurst were both notable in a hard-working YMCA team display.