On and off through the years, Blackpool have had Bangor in their division, but have never gained a solitary point, and in fact often turn up with less than 11 players or incur a freak injury.
This year is different with an improved and enlargened squad, due to the club now having a 2nd team retaining and attracting fringe players. Despite a ridiculously early start before 12 noon, due to a misunderstanding about a club wedding that never existed, which ruled out the Morrow Brothers stuck in Leeds at a brewery awards cermony, Blackpool still travelled with 12.
Ashley Blakemore, star of the 2nd team, filled in for Kieron Morrow in the centre of midfield and looked the part. He scored the opening goal and was magnificent throughout. There were further goals from Morgan and Blacow and with Bangor only managing two goals, the win was secured.
Crossland, the other regular 2nd teamer helping out , started on the bench but got some time on the pitch later in the game and looked assured, so should look to compete for a 1st team place next season. Graeme Kilshaw was awarded Man of the Match for his goalkeeping, which has been superb since stepping up from the 2nd’s mid-season, following Mitch Blakemore’s departure.
The win all but secured Blackpool’s place in Division 3 for another year, barring some fluke results, with Bangor’s situation looking increasingly desperate, on a horrible run of form. The win also highlighted the extra strength within the club with two competitive teams and extra players to call upon when numbers are thin.