Blackpool 2nd’s entertained Morecambe on a cold wet and windy day.
The home side started strongly and were 1-0 up after 5 minutes. A mighty strike from the defence by Simon Allen was picked up by Martin Hayes up front, who proceeded to beat the final defender, dribble round the rushing goalkeeper and slot the ball home from a tight angle, for what could be the goal of the season.
Blackpool increased their lead with a goal from Paul Atherton, and should have scored more with the striking partnership of Hayes and Blakemore creating all sorts of problems.
There were periods when Morecambe attacked and created problems with keeper Nick Rainbow making some key saves and the defence thanking Sean Lester for tracking back from midfield.
With the score only 2-0 at half-time Blackpool had to continue to work hard. The defence stuck firm and Latimer made some telling tackles to frustrate Morecambe’s tricky experienced striker. The home side continued to create chances, but it took a short corner goal from Mitch Blakemore midway through the second half before the win became secure.
Morecambe managed to snatch a late consolation goal but Blackpool’s fine season continues and they remain joint 2nd with Carlisle who they play next week.
© Pete Latimer 26/11/07