Blackpool realised that their dream of reaching the Lancashire Trophy final was going to have to wait another year as soon as the draw was made in the summer. Because of the ludicrous notion that this cup competition doesn’t need to be seeded, unlike the Lancashire Cup, all the 5 top sides, in Division 4 upwards had been put in the same half of the draw, leaving the sides from 5 North and below battling for the other final place. And so even after beating two tough sides in Prescot and Manchester Trinity in the preceding rounds, Blackpool faced the mighty West Derby, 2nd in Division 1, at Stanley Park for a place in the final.
However, regular readers of these reports will know that Blackpool always play better against tougher opposition and so it proved. Blackpool scored first through Kieron Morrow’s 1st competitive goal of the season from a penalty corner after just 5 minutes. West Derby came back but Blackpool’s performance was magnificent to a man . Captain Dave Morgan lead the team by example, and picked up a goal midway through the 2nd half, and was later awarded Man of the Match.
The final score was 4-2 to West Derby, but they knew they had had a hard game, and considering they’ve been averaging 5-2 wins in Division 1, Blackpool can be very proud of themselves. They wish West Derby all the best and hope they thrash the other finalist Heywood (Div 5N), who have only had to beat teams from Div 6N, 8N and 9N. West Derby will be in the Cup competition next year so perhaps 2008 will be the year that Blackpool finally make their dream a reality?