Blackpool fielded a strong team with the returning Liam Morrow back in midfield. Despite an early conceded goal from a short corner they were positive they could get something out of the game. It wasn’t long before an equalizer came from a deft reverse stick shot from Andy Mortimer at a short corner.
The game flowed from end to end with both sides battling hard. Pete Latimer limped off midway through the half after twisting his ankle trying to defend against two inter-passing players. Rossendale scored again just before the break to make it 2-1.
It’s difficult to know what happened in the second half, mainly because I was being treated with an icepack in Pendle Leisure Centre, but Rossendale scored three further goals and Blackpool crumbled.
Although this was not quite the final nail in the coffin of Blackpool’s season, valuable points were there for the taking, and instead goal difference took a battering. Blackpool now need to win most of their remaining five games to have any hope of escaping relegation, starting at home to third bottom Bangor University next week.
On a personal note, can I thank the Rossendale players for their concern for my injury both on and off the pitch. It’s always good to know that whatever banter and verbals we give each other during a game is forgotten when it matters. And yes I managed to drive home without a problem, no my wife isn’t happy with me, no I couldn’t walk yesterday, yes my ankle is the size of an elephant and the colour of one of Laurance Llewelyn-Bowen’s interiors, and yes I’m still so optimistic as wanting to play in the crunch match against Bangor.
© Peter Latimer 11/2/08