Blackpool travelled to the Wirral to play Oxton 3’s and were disrupted when one of their cars only just made it in time.
Oxton may have had the better of the early play but Blackpool gradually took control and earned some early short corners. From one of their well practised routines the ball was played across to Dec O’Hara to score the first goal.
Halftime came with Blackpool looking secure with their single goal lead. However disaster struck withink minutes of the restart when an Oxton attack led to a scrappy goal mouth scramble. A Oxton player struck a ball towards the goal which then hit this reporter straight in the forehead. The umpire deemed that the Blackpool keeper wasn’t in a position to save the shot and duly awarded a penalty flick, which was dispatched by Oxton’s main striker.
This early equaliser energised Oxton and they proceeded to win more of the 50:50 balls and have more attacks. Although they never really threatened in open play, they did win several short corners. From one of these they scored with a firm shot which the defender on the near post was unable to stop.
Blackpool struggled to generate any meaningful attacks for the remainder of the game and were extremely disappointed to finally lose 2-1 in a game where they deserved at least a draw. Yet another away game which Blackpool ended up losing by a solitary goal and so they’re still searching for their first away point, but it will come in time.