There was a perfect start for Blackpool after they scored in the first minute with Steve Whitley’s shot being steered into the Lytham goal by James Slater lurking at the back post.
Blackpool continued to press, although Lytham are no pushovers when they play their arch rivals, and they rallied and counter attacked. There was obvious rustiness amongt both teams with some of the passing going astray. However Blackpool were able to score again when Kieran Harris fired in one of his infamous drag flicks from a short corner.
Lytham managed to grab one back when they had a free hit outside the D, struck the ball goalwards, only for two Blackpool players to misjudge the bobbling ball. Nick Rainbow made an initital save but one of the Lytham strikers got the touch for a goal.
Half-time came with Lytham just a goal behind and the game was in the balance. Lytham had an attack with a strike at goal. Nick Rainbow made a fine clearance save which the right back Jack Boniface picked up. He ran down the wing, shrugging off the attempted tackles of several players, then released the ball to James Slater who passed to Dave Morgan who gave the final pass to Ian Swaine to finish off in style. Classic counter attacking from Blackpool.
There then followed a period of play of great pass and move from Blackpool and several goals were scored. Dave Morgan grabbed two, one from a Swaine pass, and another after Steve Whitley had dribbled into the D. Swaine scored his second with a sweet strike from the top of the D.
Kieran Harris scored his second at another short corner and Blackpool’s 8th goal was scored by Steve Whitley, after previously missing a sitter.
Lytham never gave up, and Dave Burns used his dribbling skills from the halfway line past several Blackpool defenders and struck an unstoppable shot once in the D. A further consolation goal was scored from a Lytham drag flick at a rare short corner just before the end of the game.
Blackpool still trail Lymm by a single point, so will be looking for another win at home next week against Didsbury, followed by their Lancs Trophy semi-final the following day.
(c) Peter Latimer 9/1/11