A heavily depleted Blackpool side proved no match for Lancaster University as they went down 7-3 at Stanley Park. A brace of goals from striker Chris Hocking either side of half time and a strike from James Slater proved only to be consolation goals for Nick Rainbow’s men. The visiting university side dominated both possession and the opportunities at goal, and were worthy winners on the day.
Blackpool battled through the first half and were fortunate to keep Lancaster’s chances to a minimum. Lancaster deservedly took the lead midway through the first half, but Blackpool found an equaliser through Hocking after he was the first to react to a loose ball, and calmly slotted it past the keeper. Things quickly went downhill from there onwards as Blackpool inexperienced team repeatedly turned over possession and invited pressure on their defence. Lancaster raced into a 5-1 lead after several defensive lapses, but a quickly taken free hit from Ian Swaine created a breakaway, and Hocking was once again on-hand to provide the finishing touch. Less than a minute later, Slater pulled another one back after weaving his way around the advancing Lancaster goalkeeper. But it proved to be too little too late as Blackpool overcommitted in sight of a miraculous comeback and Lancaster finished the game off with two further goals in the last ten minutes.