With Blackpool bottom of the league and the visitors just four points ahead, a relegation six-pointer loomed only to have four experienced players in both sets of Morrow & Boniface brothers unavailable packing their bags for a skiing trip. Another two players had to be used as umpires and Rob Pasqualino only managed 5 minutes before succumbing to the flu.
This shouldn’t been a problem, with youngster Jack Jones putting in a great performance on his debut for the first team, but it meant there were no remaining subs. The match was very even for large periods, but Keswick scored first after a mistake when Blackpool’s defence were trying to pass out of their own area. Half-time came with all to play for.
Keswick came out determined and immediately scored another after some defensive frailty. Blackpool still had plenty of time to retaliate and after some sustained pressure finally got one back from Dave Morgan at a short corner.
With one goal between the two sides, the match hung in the balance. Blackpool thought they had equalised when the net bulged following a Sam Goudie shot at close range, but unfortunately it came off the side netting. Keswick went further into the lead after a perfectly timed run from a unmarked player coming from deep coincided with the ball crossing the D at speed for a well taken goal.
That was game over for Blackpool, and with other results going against them Blackpool are firmly rooted at the bottom of Division 3 and have an almighty battle to avoid relegation.
© Peter Latimer 21/1/08