Blackpool played league leaders Prescot knowing that it would be a difficult game but buoyed by the knowledge that they had only lost by a solitary goal in November and were now at their favoured home surface of Stanley Park.
Blackpool started positively and the new central midfield pairing of Whitley and Morrow L worked well. Morgan opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Woodman suffered an injury midway through the first half which forced a formation change and use of the sole sub. Prescot scored their first with a lifted ball into the D and a dubious double-shot from their striker, with the whole Blackpool side awaiting the umpire’s whistle. Alas it was only to signal a goal. Minutes later they scored again after a run around the edge of the D, a slip from a defender, and a long range shot luckily beating the remainder of the defence.
The 2nd half started brightly with a goal from Blacow, and more chances were made by Blackpool, but unfortunately they also were by Prescot. They scored from a short corner and there was a lot of pressure on the Blackpool defence. Whitley made it 3-3 midway through the half with a flick shot after Morgan’s initial shot had hit a defender’s ankle. Prescot complained but it was clear that the goal should stand, unlike the poor defender. This seemed to motivate the Prescot side and yet again they pushed on and forced a number of short corners. They eventually scored from one, and held on to win the match by a solitary goal (again).
Blackpool were disappointed not to win at least a point, but reflected back at a good hard game and the fact that the league leaders have only beaten them by one goal each time they’ve played.