FORMER Blackpool skipper Andy Gouck bossed the show as Bloomfield Veterans delivered another knockout blow to Poulton Seniors in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance Gledhill Cup.
Playmaker Gouck found the freedom to dictate the downfall of the joint premier division leaders, whose 2-0 defeat was their second exit in three years at the hands of Gouck and his fellow Veterans.
Appropriately Gouck put the division one side ahead and former Pool youngster Neil Mitchell sealed Poulton's fate.
Ward Heating and Halfway House were two other division one sides to send premier division opposition tumbling.
Heating engineered a 3-1 win after trailing at half-time to last season's Gledhill runners-up Hydronics while Halfway capitalised on The Crescent's woes. Beaten 5-3, Crescent are left to concentrate on picking up their first point since promotion.
Holders Quilligans must try again this weekend after a 3-3 draw with Blackpool Rangers in which they were pegged back three times. Rangers took the tie into extra-time at 2-2, with Lee Tobin matching Quilligans' two-goal marksman Danny Rowe.
Four goals by Matthew Ogden saw Red Rose Catering through with a 6-3 win over North-West Kitchens.
Another Seasiders' old boy now making his mark in the Alliance is Ciaran Donnelly, who left Irish Premier League strugglers Glenavon in the summer.
Midfielder Donnelly crossed the Irish Sea after a brief spell with Fleetwood Town at the start of last season and is playing for FC Eden in DIVISION TWO A.
Donnelly capped his second apppearance for them with one of the goals in a 10-2 win over Rossall Tavern which hotted up the pressure on leaders Great Eccleston. Ryan Bingham and Tom Griffin both got hat-tricks.
Spindles' hopes of making their games in hand count were dealt a blow by Squirrel, who won 3-1 with Adam Holliday netting twice.
Fylde Coast Gates opened up a clear lead in DIVISION ONE by swamping Golden Eagle 7-1 with Daniel Ayres and Simon Oswell both scoring twice.
Lee O'Niell and Chris Smith also scored a brace apiece in Waterloo's 8-1 win which left opponents BJFF still looking for their first point.
DIVISION TWO B leaders FC Excelsior overpowered lowly Old England 6-2 fronted by Craig Worrall's hat-trick and James O'Hara netted a treble for Frenchmans Cove in a 7-0 rout of bottom team St Annes Ex-Service. Fairhaven kept them in sight by thumping Skye 6-1.
A hat-trick by Luigi Farina proved the difference for lowly Walkabout Celtic against Ansdell, who were pipped 5-4 in DIVISION THREE A.
Prolific marksman Peter Clarkson bagged another four in a comprehensive 7-2 win for leaders MA2 against third-placed Tiles.
Another four-goal man was Greg Paul for Metrostars against St Annes in DIVISION THREE B, where Stuart Wilson joined him with a hat-trick in a 9-4 win over St Annes.
Tom Wilkinson and Luke Rimmington divided the goals three apiece as struggling Bar19 got burnt 6-0 by Fireplace Superstore.
* The Blackpool Sunday Alliance and Preston Sunday League meet in their annual clash at Blackpool Rovers' School Road ground next Wednesday (7.30pm). Managing the Preston visitors is Blackpool Cricket Club captain and ex-Squires Gate defender Paul Danson and his squad includes Paul Paynter, who played for Gate and Blackpool Mechanics and is currently with AFC Fylde