Blackpool successfully continued their 100% record by beating Macclesfield 4-0 away from home. However it was a disappointing performance with numerous goal opportunities squandered against the weakest team in the division.
Blackpool started slowly leaving Macclesfield to attack, with some of their players allowed too much space, however Blackpool’s dependable defence held strong. Gradually the team started making some openings and midway through the first half Liam Morrow made one of his customary runs down the right wing and along the goal line, passing with precision to Dave Morgan in the D to score the first goal. Blackpool applied almost constant pressure for the rest of the first half. Several short corner opportunities were wasted, although one did lead to a goal which was cruelly disallowed by one of the umpires after a goal had been signalled by the other umpire. It took until the end of the half for Blackpool’s 2nd goal to be scored by Liam Morrow after Andy Mortimer had created it with one of his trade-mark dribbles through the opposing defence.
Blackpool were determined to score as many goals as possible in the second half to improve their goal difference. Man of the Match Gareth Gettings took control of the midfield, Dan Woodman made some surging runs from right-back and the Blackpool attacks continued but the final touches around the D were often missing. A third goal was scored when Andy Mortimer made another great run and supplied the club’s top scorer Dave Morgan for his second of the game. Frustration started to creep into the Blackpool side as more chances were missed and some of the passing started going astray. Macclesfield made a few counter-attacks but never really looked likely to score. Andy Mortimer got his name on the score sheet after a goal-mouth scramble led to the 4th goal at the end of the game.
The win leaves Blackpool 2nd in the league, having played one game less than the leaders. Next Saturday at 2pm Bolton, in 3rd place, come to Stanley Park for a vital game for both sides.