Sunday big guns set for Bloomfield Road clash

Boars Head Thistle celebrate their title win
Boars Head Thistle celebrate their title win
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Two of Blackpool’s big guns go head to head tomorrow night in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance’s showpiece cup final.

Newly crowned champions Boars Head Thistle take on last year’s title holders Blackhurst Budd in the Gledhill Cup final at Bloomfield Road, kick-off 7pm.

It brings together old rivals who have battled for honours for the last few seasons.

Under manager Darren Spedding, Thistle have enjoyed a superb season, clinching the Division One title with a win over Northern Care last Sunday and reaching the Lancashire Cup final.

Steve Spencer’s Blackhurst face two cup finals in the next couple of weeks after a disappointing league finish which saw them end in third position, behind Poulton.

But manager Spencer is hoping to end the season in style. “We are really looking forward to it – two cup final wins would be the perfect way to end a challenging season,” he said.

“Boars Head have had a superb season and well deserve their league title but we think that we can beat them.”

Tomorrow’s game is open to the public and is expected to draw a crowd of up to 500, with the divisional finals to take place at Fleetwood Town in the next 10 days.

The game brings together some of the league’s most deadly strikers – Blackhurst’s Ric Seear fired 49 goals in 25 games, while Thistle’s Jordan Spedding has 23 goals in 24 appearances.

And Spencer said the added bonus of playing at Bloomfield Road means the game is that little bit more special.

He said: “I think all season the lads have had their eye on reaching a Bloomfield Road final. “The lads have been determined to get there and it’s great we’ve managed that, but it means very little if we don’t go and win the game.”

Thistle have a proud history in the Sunday Alliance, mainly under current manager Darren’s dad, Mark.

They have been the competition’s main force over the past 20 years, and will be looking to secure the double tomorrow.

We know all about their history,” said Spencer. “But it’s all about one game now and it would be perfect if we could win the game.

“I’m confident that if my side play how they can, we will have enough to pick up the trophy.”