Blackpool Mens 1st travelled to South Cheshire hoping to make up for a lacklustre performance against West Cumbria the previous week and they didn’t disappoint. From the off the whole team looked to push forward, with the South Cheshire defence having to fend off numerous attacks, however the all important 1st goal just wouldn’t come. Then against the run of play South Cheshire scored. Rather than deflating Blackpool, this seemed to inspire and drive them to even greater efforts.
South Cheshire’s lead was short lived as some good interplay between P Latimer and K Morrow, led to Whitley receiving the ball, turning to beat 2 players and sliding a pass through to the top of the D, where D Morgan turned and rifled a shot into the bottom left corner to level the scores. Shortly before half time, D Woodman dribbled down the right, passing the ball to Morgan, who hit a reverse stick shot into the top right corner. 2-1 at half time and Blackpool were in the driving seat.
Blackpool started the 2nd half where they had left off and L Morrow was unlucky to see his shot come off the post after just 10 seconds of the restart. This was quickly rectified as great hassling by the midfield saw a South Cumbria defender robbed of the ball and A Mortimer was set up for his 1st goal of the game. The forth goal came after some good work by M Ashfield down the left which led to Morgan crossing the ball for Mortimer to beat the last defender and smash the ball past a stranded keeper.
South Cheshire were now attacking on the break but the defence of Mitchell, Woodman, Pasqualino, Latimer and Wright held them at bay and helped to turn defence into attack by providing telling passes through to the midfield. This kind of play led to a foray into the D by R Abbott, resulting in a short corner. A well-practised routine allowed Whitley all the time in the world to slot home a well-deserved goal.
Blackpool continued to attack and had numerous opportunities to increase their lead but good work by the South Cheshire defence and especially their keeper, kept the score down. In the final 10 minutes Blackpool were awarded another short allowing R Blacow to score his 1st league goal for Blackpool with perfectly executed drag flick.
Final score 6 – 1 and following this much improved team performance, Blackpool can look forward to hosting Lancaster University next Saturday.