A top of the table clash between Blackpool and Preston was set up nicely with another capacity crowd at the newly refurbished Stanley Park arena after the 1st team’s game was cancelled.
Preston started strongly with excellent passing and moving and soon went 2-0 up with Blackpool struggling to organise themselves in midfield and defence.
Gradually Blackpool fought back against Preston’s physical style and grabbed a goal through Declan O’Hara. However once again Preston caused problems with their attacking midfielders and scored a third before half-time.
Blackpool started the second half determinedly and finally managed to convert one of several short corners with a sweet strike from Alex Diver. Now only one goal behind they became over confident and pushed too far up the pitch looking for an equaliser. Preston looked to counter attack with long balls for their main striker. Blackpool’s young keeper Luke made several important saves but finally Preston scored their fourth.
The physical battle continued and Blackpool’s central defender had to leave the field of play with blood gushing from his suspected broken hand after an over enthusiastic follow through from a Preston stick. Blackpool made full use of their four subs with constant changes to the team but to no avail with the final score 4-2.
This loss means Preston leapfrog Blackpool into 1st place in Division 9N, and due to Keswick winning their game in hand, Blackpool fall to a disappointing 3rd place. Another tough game away at Leigh comes next week which now becomes a must win to stay in the promotion hunt.