Blackpool travelled to the end of the M65 looking for a final warm up match before the nitty gritty of the season starts. The opposition were old foes and Blackpool knew what to expect from a team they have played several times over the last five years. The captain warned against complacency and the need to carry on the good work from the Preston game. He was again forced to make changes due to several Galacticos being missing, but this year Blackpool has a squad of players that Jose Mourinho would be proud of and the positions were easily filled.
Again Blackpool started well and soon enforced their passing game on a one trick Rossendale side. The defensive Behemoths of Woodman, Latimer and Gettings were no match for two strikers who were drafted in from the first team. Wright was asked to play left back and performed admirably until being asked to take a ten minute break for an unruly challenge. The colossal force of the Morrow brothers strangled the life out of the central midfield and Rossendale were forced to make speculative through balls from defence. Whitley and Chadwick on the flanks did what they were asked to do and a rotating strike partnership of Morgan, Warren, Ashley and James contributed well.
All three goals were scored in the first half, two from open play and one from a neatly taken short corner. In the second half Rossendale took a lucky deflection off the post to take a goal but it did not reflect the play. Blackpool were in total command even when playing with 10 men. The captain was pleased with the performance and knows if the spirit and style of play can be carried over into the competitive season Blackpool can be at the right end of the league come March.
© Kieron Morrow 20/9/04