With no points in the last four games, Blackpool returned to their temporary home pitch at Bispham looking for a full three points against Lancaster Uni, who were also relegated from Div 3 last year and are similarly struggling for points in Div 4.
Blackpool felt they had the upper hand at half-time despite the score remaining 0-0, with Craig Brookes fitting in well at right back in debut. They did indeed take the lead just after half time after a quick break with Declan O’Hara crossing the ball for David Wright to sweetly strike home.
Blackpool then seemed to lose concentration and let Lancaster equalize shortly afterwards. Lancaster pushed further and from a short corner were lucky to scramble a ball into the net after keeper Graeme Kilshaw had made two initial saves.
Blackpool tried to push back, and were in fact most unlucky not to score when they had the ball in the net only for the whistle to be blown a nano-second before for a short corner. Several Blackpool players complained a little too vehemently and the decision was reversed meaning that even that short corner opportunity was lost.
With 10-15 mins to go, Blackpool made some tactical substitutions in search of an equalising (and winning) goal(s). A poor defensive clearance from centre back Peter Latimer led to a 2 on 1 attack for Lancaster and they took advantage to make a two goal lead. Minutes later they scored again after some defensive confusion, leading to an understandable emotional outburst from keeper Kilshaw resulting in a green card warning.
The result leaves Blackpool in trouble 3rd bottom of Division 4, ahead of only Runcorn and Sale, both teams very familiar to Blackpool from Div 3 in previous years. A visit to Oxton beckons next week and a unlikely win there could both help Blackpool move away from danger but also drag Oxton into the mix. This division is going to be very interesting with two teams very disappointed at the end of the season.