Blackpool travelled to Lancaster to play Morecambe in the Lancashire Trophy semi-final and were unlucky to lose 3-1 to their opponents from the division above.
Of the three players injured the previous day, only Pete Latimer was able to play with his chin stitched up, but the team was up for the match as semi-finals don’t come round too often and several of the players are now approaching 40.
Morecambe started much stronger and proved a tough side to handle for Blackpool’s defensive back-line of Kilshaw, Boniface, Latimer and Mistry. They went two goals ahead from short corners and even had a third disallowed. Blackpool were finding themselves beaten to the fifty-fifty balls and struggling with the pace of the pitch.
However the second half was a different game with Blackpool fighting for the ball and making neat pass and moves causing Morecambe’s defence all sorts of problems. Blackpool’s top scorer Dave Morgan pulled one back with a sweet strike at a short corner. There was then a string of chances with Morgan, James Slater and young substitute Matt Atherton all going close.
Morecambe were starting to panic, however on a rare attack of their own they somehow managed to scramble a goal and Blackpool’s hearts sank. Two goals down with only 5 minutes to play, they heroically battled till the end but couldn’t find any more goals of their own and so their dream of a cup final disappears for another year.
© Peter Latimer 28/2/10