Blackpool played host to a top of the table clash against Lymm, both sides unbeaten in the league. It was an epic match with Blackpool taking the lead three times in the first half only for Lymm to come back and equalise each time.
Blackpool got off to an unbelievable start when Dave Morgan managed to nutmeg Lymm’s keeper from a tight angle to score within the first couple of minutes.
However it wasn’t long before Lymm equalised. Steve Whitley grabbed Blackpool’s second from a short corner, only for Lymm to strike back again from some skillful play from a long corner.
The play was end to end, with both sides looking dangerous in attack, as befits two teams who both average five goals a game. Ian Swaine eventually put Blackpool back into the lead for the third time after a short corner had broken down.
Almost immediately Lymm struck back when a long aerial ball caused some confusion in Blackpool’s defence, leading to a bouncing ball being struck into a half-open net by a Lymm striker. Half-time was blown shortly after and Blackpool felt demoralised after letting the lead slip once again.
With stalemate at 3-3 at half-time, Blackpool went out strongly in the second half and had a series of short corners. They managed to get the ball into the net and were celebrating the goal until the umpires decided to confer and it was disallowed.
This seemed to be a turning point, as Lymm upped their game and had some short corners of their own. From one of these they had a shot on goal which hit defender Craig Brookes protecting the post and so a penalty flick was awarded which was duly despatched.
Blackpool’s heads went down, the team structure went to pieces, and Lymm took advantage, eventually scoring another two goals for an emphatic final score of 6-3.
Blackpool were extremely disappointed to not only lose but to play poorly, but to their credit Lymm are a very good team and they were very determined. Atish Mistry now has to put up with his brother Banshi’s ribbing until the return fixture on 26th Feb when Blackpool will be gunning for revenge. The season’s not over yet!
© Peter Latimer 19/11/10