Weather causing havoc in Sunday league

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MANY league and cup games fell foul to the rain, enabling most Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance teams to practise their diving techniques in newly formed pools.

Only 10 games took place, and although a modest 67 goals scored there were hat-tricks galore.

In the Lancashire Sunday Trophy, Revival Tattoos beat Theatre Boys 6-1 with goals from Marco Cobb, Alan O’Loughlin and Luke Smith, along with a treble from Ryan State. Revival have earned a day trip to Preston to play Albrighton FC in the next round.

Two ties survived in the Gledhill Cup. Clifton Rangers played host to Mereside and won 5-2, with goals by Adam Heaney, Lewis Kavanagh, Daniel Rapley and a Kieran Rimmington brace to see them though to the third round. Walkabout made a dream start by going 2-0 up against Wesham Town, who recovered to win 6-2.

In the league, Molloys now have a four-point cushion at the top of the premier division after beating Bloomfield Vets 6-1. Goals by Kevin Beesting, Mark Cottam, Oliver Croalla, Scott McCabe and Chris Preece helped them on their way.

Blackhurst Budd lost again in division one to Golden Eagle. Neil Dugdale’s winner left Blackhurst still searching for those elusive three points.

Two games were played in Division Two. Xceptional Kitchens played host to Blue Room and won an eventful match 2-1. A penalty was given to XK after a foul on Dale Ritchie, who picked himself up and converted the spot-kick.

Matt Nelson clinched it with a wonderful chip from 30 yards. XK dominated the majority of the game but Blue Room did manage a consolation goal.

Marton Institute could only field nine players, resulting in a one-sided game against Fylde Coast Gates. Marton’s efforts earned them a Paul Parker goal but Gates dominated and won 10-1 as Zack McGuirk and Simon Oswell each delivered a hat-trick.

Sam Bannister added to the hat-trick tally in Athletico Excelsior’s 8-0 win over Marshall Court, Chris Davies adding two of his own.

Finally in Division Four, Kevin Everton (2) and Daren Ing saw Dutton Arms to a 3-0 win against JJ Property Services.

Pump and Truncheon beat Marton Athletic 8-2, with a hat-trick from John Murphy. Ryan Smith (2), Martyn Finnegan, Tom Delaney and Shane Roche added to the tally.