Blackpool 2s XI travelled to Bolton for the opening match of the season on a glorious sunny afternoon. Blackpool took a strong 13-man squad with 3 of them players being handed their league debuts for the club.
Blackpool started the match brightly passing the ball around trying to force an early goal. An early penalty corner was awarded to Blackpool with Alex Diver shooting just wide of the goal. Moments later another chance fell to youngest Matthew Atherton whose shot was well saved by the Bolton keeper. Half way through the first half Blackpool got the opening goal from a free hit just outside the D. Captain Matt Bancroft was about to scream (Mouth what you doing??) when Matthew Atherton fizzed the ball into the D for Sean Lester to get on the end of it and put Blackpool 1-0 up. The half time whistle came with Blackpool one goal up feeling they could kill the game in the second half.
Bolton still kept trying to keep pressure on Blackpool but a great performance from Captain Matt Bancroft kept Bolton out with keeper Nick Rainbow only ever having to make a couple of saves. Blackpool made sure of all 3 points when a free hit was struck into the D where Paul Atherton deflected the ball straight onto Sean Lester stick who grabbed his second goal of the game.
Sean Lester was awarded Man of the Match for his two goals which were his first in more than 10 years for the club. Blackpool took a very well deserved 3 points with a great performance from everyone invovled. Next week the Tangerines take on Formby at Home.
Squad – RAINBOW, TAYLOR, BANCROFT(c), CAIN, ROWE, ATHERTON P, LESTER, LYNCH, DIVER, MORTIMER, ATHERTON M, HOCKING, CALVIN.
Paul Atherton (R) 02/10/08