Due to notable absences from the Blackpool side, Pool were able to freshen up their squad for the trip to Wigan, with a number of younger faces who had impressed in recent Third team fixtures.
Blackpool created the better opening chances with Martin Hayes linking up with the father/son Mortimer combination, only to see their shots saved by the Wigan goal keeper. Although Blackpool had the majority of possession in the opening sectors, it was Wigan who capitalized on a lapse in concentration from Cain and Bancroft, to take a surprise 1-0 lead.
Blackpool bounced back from the early setback and were soon on level terms, when a Andrew Mortimer strike, was deflected into the top corner by Blackpool forward MARTIN HAYES. Pool completed the turn around in the first half, with good play from Hocking, Buckley, Ben Mortimer and Martin Hayes, resulting in a simple chance for Vice Captain GINGER ATHERTON.
Where the second half was expected to be a tense affair, good hockey from both sides, saw the game open up, much to the delight to the on-looking fan, however great performances from both goal keepers ensured that no goals were added to the half-time totals. Blackpool now have a 5 point lead at the top of the league, before the crunch match with Leigh in 3 weeks.
© Alex Diver 16/11/08