Blackpool first team suffered a bit of a hangover from their cup win and week of celebrations when they faced Manchester Trinity at home. They conceded the first goal with veteran defender Pete Latimer having to leave the field bleeding after a stick hit his forehead.
Blackpool soon equalised with Dave Morgan converting following Steve Whitley’s dribble into the D, but they were to concede another goal after some sloppy play.
Once again, Dave Morgan struck back for Blackpool but only after a great passing move started by Atish Mistry to Ian Swaine to James Slater who crossed a perfect ball for Morgan to dispatch into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Blackpool started to improve and made numerous chances. Top scorer Ian Swaine had two separate occasions where he only had the keeper to beat but shot wide both times.
James Slater had a tap-in to take Blackpool into the lead before half-time. He managed something similar after the break after good work from Swaine and Whitley.
At 4-2, Blackpool never looked threatened with Nick Rainbow and Joe Boniface in good form at the back of the defence. However the team struggled to score again despite numerous efforts and in the end had to be content with a two goal victory.
The club then had an excellent night celebrating Dave Morgan’s 40th birthday, starting with re-watching Sunday’s cup final win at the clubhouse, followed by going into town, and ending inevitably at Flares, captain Rob Abbott’s favourite nightspot. Fun times.
© Peter Latimer 6/3/11