Saturday 15 December
|Lancaster Nomads Ladies 1
|LCWHA Div 1
|Preston City of Preston Badgers
|Preston Men’s 4s
|NWHL Div 5 N
|Springfields Ladies 3s
|Preston Men’s 3s
|Northern Men’s 3s
|NWHL Div 8 N
|Longridge Ladies 3rds
Blackpool Men’s first team overcame a sluggish start to beat local rivals Preston thirds 3-0 at Kirkham Grammar School, and remain third in North West Division 3 North.
Blackpool had to start the match with ten men as they awaited a final player to arrive, and took a cautious approach whilst they were outnumbered. Despite the handicap, Blackpool enjoyed the majority of the possession, but were unable to create any real chances. Things didn’t improve when they gained their missing player as Preston looked the most likely team to score on the counter attack. For all Blackpool’s possession there was no end product, and the game remained goalless at half time.
After the break, the game began to stretch and Blackpool began to take a hold of the match. It looked as though it wasn’t going to be their day when the usually prolific Dave Morgan missed an attempt from close range; however Blackpool finally managed to break the deadlock when Rob Dingle pounced on a rebound from Ian Swaine’s initial shot. Chris Hocking doubled the lead after he provided the finishing touch on a well worked move down the right hand side involving James Slater and Morgan. Blackpool began to relax with their two goal cushion and their hockey improved dramatically, with man of the match Simon Thomas controlling the midfield. Blackpool finally killed the game off when Dave Morgan’s deflected shot wrong-footed the Preston goalkeeper to sneak in at the near post.
Mike Sharp opened the scoring with from close range after reacting first to a rebound off the keeper. Martin Hayes scored Blackpool’s second after some slick passing presented him with an easy finish. Nathan Wodman extended the lead to three when the ball was slipped to him at a short corner and he slotted home under the keeper.
Preston then pulled one back on the counter attack, but Blackpool were soon 3 goals ahead again Sharp grabbed his second of the match.
The second half brought frustration for Blackpool as they created multiple chances but were made to wait until a smart piece of skill from Woodman allowed him to find Jordan Payne who finished smartly into the corner. Hayes added his second to give Blackpool a five goal cushion and Woodman wrapped up the scoring with a classy drag flick into the right side of the goal.
Blackpool Men’s third team completed a clean sweep of victories for the club as they ran out 5-1 winners over Northern thirds. Captain Alex Diver led the way with two goals, and he was well supported by Sam Owen and Andy Mortimer. Alex Hughes and Ben Mortimer also made it onto the scorecard, along with Ciaran Johnson who scored his first senior goal for the club.