Blackpool travelled to Runcorn and were subjected to a very physical game. They weathered some initial pressure and Rob Abbott opened the lead for Blackpool with a great strike from the top of the D. However Runcorn came back and scrambled a couple of goals before half-time after some sloppy defending.
Blackpool equalised early in the second half from a Dave Morgan goal after a well worked short corner routine. With Blackpool pushing further up the field in search of more goals, Runcorn counter attacked with their twin strikers and some poor defence gave them the lead again.
What happened next was worthy of a Halloween nightmare. A penalty flick was given against Blackpool by Runcorn’s lady umpire after it was adjudged that Blackpool’s keeper had fouled a Runcorn player within the D, despite other defenders around him and one rushing back to the goal line. The flick was duly scored, and whilst Blackpool’s heads were down Runcorn scored a fifth goal from another swift counter attack.
Blackpool continued to attack but not to much avail and in fact Runcorn could easily have scored several more when they squandered promising looking counter attacks. Towards the end of the match Blackpool had their own penalty flick appeal turned down although the resulting short corner did produce another Dave Morgan goal, to make him the division’s leading scorer. However it was only a consolation and Blackpool had lost once again on their travels.