Blackpool travelled to Tameside looking to push on after last weeks victory over Sale. Once again Blackpool were missing key members of the team as it was an away match and like fine French wines certain members don’t travel. Kieron Morrow won the toss and Blackpool started well, the sandy pitch did not hamper good attacking play from both sides. As we have come to expect, some poor marking let in a Tameside attacker to strike the ball for the first goal after 20 minutes and another catastrophic piece of defending let Tameside go into the break 2 goals to the good. After a half time break when all Blackpool players realised they could get back into the game a rejuvenated team started the second half.
Abbott, Gettings, Woodman and Boniface got their collective act together and played some good passing hockey. Morrow who was man marked throughout played deeper allowing Pascalino the space in centre midfield to get the right and left flanks going. Morrow Jr and Chadwick pushed on but the trio of Morgan, Blakemore and Edmondson could not beat the Tameside goalkeeper. Mitch Blakemore in goal was again instrumental in keeping the score in single figures as Tameside started to build pressure towards the end of the game. Two well worked short corner routines meant when Blackpool finally did get on the score board the Abbott goal was only a reminder of better days.
Man for man Blackpool were a better side, Tameside took every chance that went their way and walked off the winners. It was again the same old story but with a new twist, the captain could berate his defence for lapses in judgement but this did not stop Blackpool getting 10 short corners and not scoring and Tameside getting 4 and scoring 2. Maybe he really should start looking at the attack and accept that Blackpool will let in 4 goals a game. Saturday brings a double header with Runcorn and then Chorley in the quarter finals of the Lancashire Cup.
© Kieron Morrow 01/11/04