Play for Today


NWCFL First Division North

Some teams just catch the eye don’t they?

I have seen league leaders Lower Breck dismantle promotion chasing Daisy Hill, 4-0 up in 20 minutes and game over. Last week it was in-form Prestwich Heys play like a team and see off AFC Darwen. This Saturday, it was Emley AFC.

This was a different kind of performance. Playing with 3 at the back, wing-backs and a tight midfield, 2nd in the league showed why they are there. Though I must say after this performance I am a little surprised that they have conceded the second most of the top 7.

AFC Blackpool had a fair amount of possession. They attacked. But I cannot say that they troubled Clarke in the visitors goal too much. He, like Price, Kherbouche and Cyrus in front of him were solid. Claisse sat in front of these three was protective and made the team tick. Up front, Bordman and Eyles were eye-catching. Those not mentioned here put in just as good a performance.

The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes, Eyles finishing after being played in, it was a warning that wasn’t heeded. 0-1. Blackpool then had their best spell of the game, forcing a number of corners, trying to find a hole in the defence, whilst the Emley continued to look dangerous on the break or from 45 yards as Bordman went close with 2 very long range efforts.

The score remained close at the break after debutant home keeper Kellett, borrowed from their big neighbours, Blackpool FC, pulled off a couple of close range reaction saves to deflect efforts wide.

After a warming brew to get out of the biting Lancashire wind we were underway again, the game following the same pattern until the tangerine’s midfielder Fishwick was shown a red card after a second yellow. This booking was nailed on. I did think his first in the opening 45 minutes was a little harsh, but I wasn’t as close as the referee. Emley were now in total control.

They then went about closing it off in style, with a quarter of the game remaining, it was 0-2, Bordman cleverly laying off the ball behind him for Claisse to strike in from 20 yards, unstoppable. The third was added with a little more than 15 minutes remaining, when once again Eyles was played in on goal. Once again he scored. 0-3. And that was that. 3 points for the visitors and a class performance to boot. For Blackpool time to shake themselves down and come again.

Finally, a couple of mentions for the hosts, thanks to Billy Singleton for his time for a quick chat as he was writing out the teamsheet and club photographer Adam Gee for his time pre-match, hope to see you soon fella.

That walk back to Squires Gate station was a bit chilly I tell you!

Attendance: 72

Moment of the Match: Emley’s second goal. Bordman’s lay off with the sole of his boot backwards to the oncoming Claisse who then struck an unstoppable effort rising beyond Kellett’s grasp. Class.

Match Tunes: Seventeen Seconds – The Cure. A nod to one of the town’s sons, Robert Smith.

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