The Vintage Clarets failed to overcome the Commercial Old Boys in this year’s Bill Heywood Memorial Trophy. The game finished a stalemate despite Dennis Hill scoring both goals.The home side got off to a flying start and took the lead after a quarter on an hour with Hill’s low shot beating the advancing keeper at the near post.
It was great to see John Borland making his Vintage Clarets debut along side former youth player and local lad and Preston North End legend Lee Cartwright.
The game was really physical with some over zealous challenges on Gerry Harrison, Liam Robinson and Phil Eastwood.
But the defining moment of the half was on 26 minutes when Robinson saw his penalty hit the upright denying the chance of levelling the scores.
However, within a minute of the restart Hill turned from hero to villain as he inadvertently put the ball in to the back of his own net.
The rough and tumble continued with Roger Eli lucky not to have his leg broken by a dangerous tackle and Peter Mumby on the receiving end of a two-footed challenge from Simon Burrows in the opposition goal.
The Clarets piled on the pressure but couldn’t find the winner and the game finished with handshakes all round with both teams sharing the glory.
Vintage Clarets: Lee, Atkinson, Lancashire, Borland, Eastwood, Cartwright, Harrison, Weller, Hoyland, Robinson, Mumby
Subs: Deary, Eli, Hamilton, Oghani