Both teams had a limited amount of time available to warm, but it was Blackpool who started more sluggish of the 2 sides. The 1st half was dominated by poor passing and marking with helped Keswick have most of the pressure in the first half. However, at half time neither side had managed to score, the nearest Blackpool came was a Kiernan Harris flick which the keeper deflected over the bar.
The 2nd half was a much more competative affair with both teams playing much better hockey. Blackpool were creating some chances and short corners and it was from one of these corners that they opened the scoring, a switch from Rob Abbott allowing David Morgan to find the bottom right corner of the net. The goal seemed to calm Blackpool and they enjoyed a period of pressure which led to the 2nd goal from another short corner, this time Ian Swaine nutmegging the keeper to find the backboard.
The game however, was still in the balance and Keswick increased the pressure with some fine passing play, putting the blackpool midfield and defence under intense pressure and rsulting in some fine saves from Rainbow. They finally scored from a short corner, the ball creeping under the diving rainbow. Blackpool endured a nervy final few minutes but still looked dangerous on the break. Mike Thom being especially unlucky when his full body diving shot was inches from increasing Blackpools lead, and a shot from Man of the Match Harris which the opposition defender managed to somehow spoon over the bar from off the line, to his and everyone else’s amazement.
Blackpool held out to go top of the league and look forward to the game at Southport next Saturday.