Preston arrived in Blackpool full of confidence after a 5 match winning run, with aspirations of promotion. But Blackpool are also in a vein of form with 19 goals scored in their last 4 games, so were looking for all 3 points to enhance their promotion chances, especially after the shock defeat at Ormskirk 3 weeks earlier.
Blackpool dominated from the start and won numerous short corners but were not able to convert their chances for a whole 25 minutes. Nick Slater scored the first on his return to the team with a neat touch from a left-sided cross/shot from Sean Lester. The second was scored by his younger brother, James Slater, playing in his customary right midfield role, again from another Lester cross.
At half-time with the score 2-0 more of the same was asked for by captain Rayner, and the three Blackpool subs all came on with fresh energy. Within minutes the subs made an impact with Chris Hocking making the final touch in front of goal, following some good play down the left from Chris Heys.
Blackpool continued the pressure and although Preston had a few attacks in the 2nd half they never threatened the solid Blackpool defence. They became frustrated and this manifested itself when one of the defenders deliberately kicked a ball away in the D rather than allow a shot at goal. A penalty flick was immediately awarded and Ashley Blakemore slotted it home with precision.
Two more goals were added to make the final score 6-0, one from Sam Goudie and a second from Blakemore. A Preston player was yellow-carded for trying to start a fight right in front of the umpire, just before the end of play, which seemed to summarise Preston’s day. They had come up against a Blackpool side who are improving with every game and have every intention of winning all of their remaining matches and automatic promotion, although next week’s match away at 2nd placed Bolton will be a real test.