Having won the Lancashire Trophy last season, Blackpool had earned the right to play in the Lancashire Cup against the top 15 teams in the county. Their first match was against Division 1 leaders Wigan, so two divisions higher and having suffered their first loss of the season the previous day, Blackpool were wary of the opposition. As it happened Wigan did not bring their full squad and so Blackpool enjoyed the better of the play and were relatively comfortable 4-3 winners.
The breakthrough came midway in the first half when Steve Whitley dribbled the ball down the left wing past several players, played it to Ian Swaine who unselfishly passed to Dave Morgan to finish off. A second goal was started by good work from Ben Mortimer running from right back, then feeding Morgan to return the favour for Swaine’s first goal of the day. Blackpool went 3-0 up when Mortimer again assisted Swaine who despite being partially fouled by the goalkeeper, kept his composure and managed to get a shot on goal whilst being almost down on his knees.
Wigan did pull one back with a counter-attack, but Blackpool reconfirmed their lead at a short corner when Man of the Match Kieran Harris’ initial shot rebounded back to Morgan to score his second. With five minutes to go Blackpool did have a little scare when Wigan scored from a short corner and then a controversial penalty flick, but Blackpool held on to a famous win and now progress to the quarter finals where they meet Formby of the Northern Premier league.
© Peter Latimer 13/11/11