On Saturday Blackpool 2XI travelled to Manchester to play Didsbury Northern in conditions that were quite a contrast from last weekend. However, Blackpool wanted to bounce back from last weekends defeat at home to Bury and it showed early on that the wet pitch would suit Blackpool’s game with the ball being moved around with good intensity and accuracy.
It wasn’t long before the visitors were one nil up when Chris Hocking won a short corner which he went on to convert with a bottom corner strike from the top of the circle. Blackpool continued to create goal scoring opportunities with Woodman, Hocking, Thomas and Jordan Payne all coming close to adding their names to the score sheet.
Didsbury pressed hard towards the end of the first half and if it was not for Blackpool goalkeeper Kilshaw, Blackpool could have found themselves behind at the break. The second half started where the first left off, with Didsbury attacking in numbers and creating numerous chances, but the back four of Allen, Atherton, Jones and Mortimer stood firm with Kilshaw making a number of outstanding saves to keep the visitors in front.
After Didsbury were reduced to 10 men following a nasty tackle on Woodman, Blackpool used this to their advantage to press forward. Captain Simon Allen, continued to find forwards, Hocking and Woodman with long balls from the back, allowing right back, Atherton, to come out of nowhere to convert an excellent bit of link up play from Hocking and Woodman.
Two nil up, the victory was far from sealed and Blackpool continued to push to be certain of the three points. Jordan Payne was introduced back into the game mid way through the second half and it was not long before he made his presence felt, by setting up Woodman for what should have been his second of the game to make it three nil.
Payne went on to seal the the game four nil after a neat one-two with Hocking to tap home from not far out. All in all a great response to the last two league games for the seasiders who know they are capable of much better.