A tough match beckoned for Blackpools first away game against the youthful university side. They were keen to impress with their fancy stick work, but the Blackpool defence held firm. Blackpools trade mark counter attack coming into play for the opening goal. Neat passing down the right with an incisive ball from Liam Morrow allowed Andy Mortimer to push it passed the stranded keeper. A fast paced game saw some good play from both sides with a stalemate looming in last fifteen of the first half. Stern defending from Gareth Gettings, one of Blackpool’s new recruits allowed for the quick break once again, this time Dave Morgan on hand to slot in his first of the day. Five minutes before half time UMIST pulled one back to make the score 2-1 to Blackpool.
The restart started brightly for home side, the only opportunity coming from a short corner. Blackpool soon showed that teamwork sometimes counts for more than individual skill, with accurate passing and good movement handing Morgan his second from close range. UMIST put prssure onto the Blackpool defence forcing a glut of short corners in succession. Their final corner resulting in a wicked deflection leaving the diving Kilshaw in mid air trauma. Ten minutes to play, the score line 3-2 to the travelling pool.
Heads didn’t fall in the tangerine shirts and the passing continued, working the ball around in search of the killer goal. It came with 2 minutes to play, Morgans first hatrick for his team and a deserved Man of the Match. Blackpool went home a happy side with yet another good performance earning points that will prove to be vital for a tough season ahead.