Disastrous weekend for Blackpool – 3 winnable games all lost

Saturday 17 November 2012
11:00 H StPk   Men’s 2s


  Ormskirk 1s NWHL Div 5 N    
12:30 H StPk   Men’s 3s


  Timperley Men’s 5s NWHL Div 8 N    
13:00 H StPk   Ladies 2s


  Rossall 1 LCWHA Div 1    
13:00 A AA   Ladies 1s


  Lytham St Annes Ladies 2s LCWHA PD    
14:00 H StPk   Junior Boys


  Preston City of Preston Beavers      
14:45 A SSC   Men’s 1s


  Carlisle Men’s 1s NWHL Div3N    

Men 1s
Blackpool’s up and down season continued on its unpredictable path as they went down 3-1 at Carlisle. With 6 front line players missing, Blackpool were forced to call up several players from the second team, and were always up against it facing an experienced Carlisle side.

The opening ten minutes were nothing short of a barrage at the Blackpool goal. Carlisle’s high press gave Blackpool little time on the ball and it was a rarity to see the ball cross the halfway line. Carlisle deservedly took the lead after a defensive mix-up left keeper Nick Rainbow helpless. The lead was short-lived as Blackpool struck back on the counter with Rob Dingle’s aerial finding Nathan Woodman high in the Carlisle half. His cross managed to sneak through to Steve Whitley at the far post, who at full stretch swept the ball past the keeper. Carlisle shrugged off this goal quickly and maintained their pressure on the visitors, and came close to re-taking the lead with a disallowed goal struck only moments after the whistle was blown. Blackpool’s new look team eventually began to play their way into the game by reducing turnover ball, but the good work was soon undone when Carlisle went in-front again through a somewhat controversial penalty corner which also resulted in Whitley receiving an extremely harsh green card. Carlisle’s third came soon after, again from a penalty corner, but this time Blackpool’s defensive unit only had themselves to blame for sloppy work at the set-piece. Neither side really threatened again before the half time whistle, but the next goal after the break would likely be the key moment in the match.

Strangely one never came. Carlisle began the second half like they did the first, but couldn’t find a way past Rainbow who made a series of excellent saves to deny the Carlisle forwards. To be fair to Blackpool, their young players began to learn from their mistakes in the first half, and dominated prolonged periods of the game in the second half. Richard Blacow moved up the field in an attempt to provide more firepower, and he came the closest as his shot smashed into the right-hand post. Simon Thomas narrowly missed out in reducing the deficit as his effort had the keeper beat, but just went the wrong side of the crossbar. There was just no way through for Blackpool, and Carlisle closed the game out for a deserved victory. Despite the loss, Blackpool could take plenty of positives from the game, with Nathan Woodman and Jordan Payne learning a lot against a defensively sound Carlisle side.

Blackpool remain in 5th in Division 3, just, but their promotion hopes are in tatters, already 9 points off the 2nd placed team.

Men 2s
Blackpool 2s missed two of their key players as they went down 7-3 at home to Ormskirk.  Last week’s 4 goal hero, and the team’s top scorer, Nathan Woodman was called up to the 1st team and defensive lynch pin, and vice captain, Matt Atherton was out with an injury.  Ormskirk were a solid team and caused problems throughout, going 3-0 up before Blackpool could answer with a poached goal from Martin Hayes.  Blackpool were chasing throughout and Ormskirk stretched their lead before Hayes managed to grab his hat-trick with two more goals.  One was scored at the back post from a pass into the D and the other was a straight strike from a short corner.
Blackpool drop to 6th whilst Ormskirk take their 5th place in Division 5.

Men 3s
Blackpool 3rds were in good spirits after two wins on the bounce, and a draw the week before that, but were up against a Timperley side also on a good run.  Blackpool got off to the worst of starts conceding a soft goal and then went two down when a speculative shot from the edge of the D crept in between the post and Craig Nutter’s kicker.  After that Blackpool started to play well with young Ollie Tomlinson again impressing in midfield, linking up with Sam Owen and man of the match Josh Boyne. Despite some good possession, real chances were few and far between, and even captain Alex Diver’s drag flicks weren’t quite on cue.

Diver changed tactics for the second half to try and pull back the two goals and it nearly worked. Timperley found the,selves under real pressure. Chris Pickles made several dribbles from the wings into the D but the shots or crosses weren’t good enough. Even Pete Latimer attacked from his usual defensive position and found himself with a shot on goal, but unselfishly passed to top scorer Diver, but he couldn’t quite get his stick onto the ball for a certain score.  The luck wasn’t with Blackpool and they conceded a short corner in the final minute (the first they’d conceded all match) and Timperley scored to make the final score 3-0. Harsh on Blackpool who should take heart from the passing play and the improvement they’re making week on week.  Blackpool remain in 9th place in Division 8.

3rd Team in Action vs Timperley

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