The start of a new season for Blackpool Mens Hockey Club, this time in Division 4 of the North West Hockey League after winning Division 5 last season.
Blackpool started the game well with plenty confidence, playing against a team that were keeping 7 players behind the ball all the time. This made the task of scoring fairly difficult, although the defensive work was very easy. Goalkeeper Graeme Kilshaw not having anything to do throughout the first half and Blackpools back four hardly seeing the ball. Attack after attack was broken down by the Leyland defence with no luck falling to the Blackpool midfield and forwards. Eventually, Dan Woodman broke well down the right who squared the ball across the goal to give Paul Waring the opening goal. A well deserved lead with the goal meaning more to Waring, having moved from Leyland to Blackpool in the closed season.
The score remained at 1-0 to Blackpool until half time, the Leyland defensive sticking to their task. The second half was much the same story, plenty attack from Blackpool but little to show for it. The last fifteen minutes proved to be the most lucrative of the match for Blackpool. As Leyland eventually decided to chase the game to try to get at least a point, Blackpool started to break down the defence a little easier. Dave Morgan scored Blackpools second, with a solo run from the half way line, slotting the ball neatly under the advancing keeper. A third was added by Andy Gerrard from a well practised short corner routine. The move of the match then saw man of the match Andy Mortimer score Blackpools final goal of the game. Dom Chadwick picked the ball up on the left wing and rounded to Leyland defenders, before squaring to Mortimer who controlled well and rifled the shot home.
An excellent start to the new season for Blackpool who take on Runcorn at home next weekend.