As any seaman knows, there are laws about sailing on the open ocean. Big boats always have right of way over smaller boats, which have to move out of the way. When a really big boat goes past a really small boat the wake causes the little boat to be tossed about and can even put it off course. Sunday afternoon in Bury saw a huge oil tanker pass an inflatable lilo with 11 hockey players clinging to the side.
A more mismatched game will not be witnessed this season by any Blackpool player, nor will such a flattering score line. A team made up of Blakemore, Gettings, Woodman, Wright, Boniface, Morrow L, Morrow K, Whitley, Pasqualino, Abbott and Morgan stuck to a game plan that was simple in its brilliance and beautiful to watch. Pass, move, pass some more and then score. And that was exactly what they did. To score in such a match was like training on Wednesday night, pick your spot, shoot, turn around and be congratulated by the rest of the team for finishing off the move. The only real positive that Blackpool can take from such a one sided match is that they stuck to the plan and formation and continued to pass and move for most of the 70 minutes.
In all fairness the goals should be stricken from the records as it was no fun to watch the mighty HMS Blackpool sail past the faltering lilo that was the Bury side. The enormous wake capsizing the craft, puncturing it in the process. The ruthless Blackpool side did not even toss in a life boat or rubber ring but just watched as the leviathan of the Fylde Coast plundered on looking for more victims. Undoubtedly Blackpool will encounter bigger boats in the coming season and they too will be forced to move aside, but this reporter hopes HMS Blackpool will not be reduced to the stricken lillo that was smashed against the rocks last Sunday.
© Kieron Morrow 27/09/05