With 3 divisions seperating Blackpool and Lytham, there wasn’t much expectation at Stanley Park for a close match. However Blackpool are nothing if not fighters.
Despite Lytham’s strong lineup with some new talent, including a tall German striker, Blackpool took the lead from a Dave Morgan strike. He scored again minutes later to make it a dream 2-0 start. Lytham piled on the pressure and found gaps with rushing midfielders and clever stickplay. Towards the end of the first half they had one back.
The half-time lead didn’t intimidate Blackpool and they went 3-1 up after Gareth Gettings finally put home a shot after a clear 1 on 1 with the keeper. This was fairytale stuff with Gaz playing up front in his last ever match against his old team, before moving to Qatar.
Lytham were not a happy side. They obviously felt they were superior but couldn’t prove it. There was some infighting and some aggressiveness from certain players. However the use of rolling subs, keeping their strikers fit at all times, paid dividends as they gradually pulled the goals back and finished winners at 4-3.
Blackpool should be very proud of their performance and they proved their ability against similar oppoostiion by beating Prescot the next day in the 1st round of the Lancashire Trophy.
Squad – Blakemore M, Woodman, Latimer, Pasqualino, Wright, Abbott, Morrow K, Whitley, Blakemore A, Ashfield, Morgan, Gettings. (sorry to anyone I’ve missed)
© Peter Latimer 18/09/06