With Blackpool having bagged the promotion place in the league they came into the game with no pressure. Blackpool brought in 4 youth players with no 2nd team experience and re-called some more youth players for this game as regulars stepped up for the 1st team. Blackpool started the game with full confidence and with some poise; the passing was slick and accurate. Before Carlisle knew it they were 1 down as Blackpool’s top scorer bagged another just to annoy the Blackpool strikers. Blackpool were playing some of the best hockey they have been playing all season soon doubled the lead through Paul Atherton, who is more of an assist man, the goal was not pretty but put Blackpool in a comfortable position. The game carried on well for Blackpool as David Wright grabbed a cheeky goal into the corner after some great work by young Jordan Payne. Carlisle did peg back Blackpool with a very good goal but it didn’t stop Blackpool playing the passing game.
The second half was important for Blackpool to listen, open their ears and listen, basically they had to listen to each other. With a short corner Blackpool knew they had a chance to make it four and they did through Simon Allen. The game was pretty much over when David Wright completed a brace. The game still had two goals in it for either team, Carlisle scored first and then in open play, yes open play, Simon Allen made it 6-2 to Blackpool.
All in all a good day on the field for Blackpool, with many youth players really making a claim to be included next year for Blackpool. Lets see if these lads can prove Alan Hansen wrong.