Blackpool travelled to Formby for a quarter final clash in the Lancashire Cup. With Formby playing in the Northern Premier League, five divisions higher than Blackpool, it was always going to be a difficult match but conceding a goal from a penalty corner in the first minute was the worst possible start.
However from that point onwards the team, missing several of its senior players, played with great spirit with a half-press defensive formation and to a great extent nullified Formby’s continual attacks. Counter attacking chances were few and far between but Mariano de la Lastra had a great chance with just the keeper to beat, but tried taking the ball round him and couldn’t quite convert a shot from a narrow angle. Formby eventually managed to sneak two more goals in the first half, another through a penalty corner and one in open play.
It was more of the same in the second half, with Formby scoring again from two further penalty corners, but they only managed one further one through some good passing, and the collective defence of Rainbow, George, Latimer, Abbott, Wright, Mortimer and Dingle can be very proud.
Despite the pressure, Blackpool did make the occasional attack. Steve Whitley broke through the middle, lifting the ball over two opposing players, fed Chris Hocking in the D, who rounded the keeper and managed to feed the ball back to Whitley who got a touch towards goal just before being sandwiched between two Formby defenders. Hocking also had his own chance to score when only having the keeper to beat, but took too long on the ball and a defender rushed back to ruin his shot.
The final score was 6-1 but Blackpool were proud of their performance against possibly the best team in Lancashire.
© Peter Latimer 04/12/11