Haslingden St Mary's FC, Sunday 19th April 2015, K.O 2pm
Report by Steve Bott
A good game played with great spirit by both teams.
With the upcoming tournament in Hamm in mind the Vintage Clarets had a 21-strong squad out for the game and even had a professional sports scientist from Burnley FC in Tom Eastwood leading the pre-match warm-up!
Both teams after the game
With such a surfeit of top quality talent available to him, including his son Chris, VCs manager Frank Casper played different teams in each half and saw them race into a 3-0 lead with only 20 minutes played!
The opening goal came after seven minutes when Liam Robinson fired a curling shot from the edge of the box into the top corner beyond the reach of the keeper.
It was soon 2-0 after 10 minutes when an attack down the right again saw John Borland stand the ball up to the back post for Brad Maylett to head home unchallenged.
Then on 20 mins Liam Robinson got his second and Clarets third with a lovely chip over the advancing keeper following a delightful through pass from Alex Kevan.
Haslingden didn’t really create any chance of note in the first half with Clarets dominating possession and remaining ruthless at the back.
Line up (first half): Chris Pearce; David Hamilton, Gerry Harrison, Phil Eastwood, Paul Atkinson; John Borland, John Deary, Alex Kevan, Dennis Hill; Liam Robinson, Brad Maylett.
The second half saw a number of changes and they lined up as follows: Chris Pearce; Graham Lancashire, Chris Casper, Chris Clarke, Jason Heffernon; Paul Weller, Peter Mumby, Paul Scott, David Eyres; Roger Eli, Lee Ashcroft.
Haslingden made a real fight of it and scored twice in the second half and chances went begging for the Clarets as Scott, Ashcroft and Weller all had decent opportunities.
David Eyres was in great form, giving the Haslingden right back a torrid time with his all action display down the left.
Eyres created a number of chances for the Clarets but the ball just wouldn’t go in for them in the second half.
One lasting highlight came towards the end of the game, with Graham Lancashire sprinting across the pitch chasing a fast young lad. Lanky got there to make a tackle, much to the delight of the spectators, but he was absolutely shattered after it! The sheer determination to get there was a joy to watch.
That sets things up nicely for the Germany Tour, bring it on!
Frank Casper and Skipper John Deary with the Surridge Cup