Blackpool traveled to Preston for the 6th game of their season and for their second derby game in 3 weeks,
With in form striker Martin Hayes unavailable captain Mike Sharp flew back from Gibraltar and returned to the team to make only his second appearance of the season.
Blackpool started the game well and created some good early pressure and thought they had taken an early lead when Jordan Payne scored form a neat short corner routine only for the umpire to disallow the goal for dangerous play, Blackpool carried on passing the ball well and after a shot from Woodman was deflected into the path of Sharp he made no mistake in finding the back of the goal with a well struck half volley giving the keeper no chance of getting to the ball.
The lead did not last for long though as Preston constantly tried to hit a very attacking Blackpool side on the counter and this payed off when they got a short corner that they managed to equalize from.
The second half started much the same with both sides creating chances but it was Blackpool who took the lead again when a cross from woodman was deflected into the Preston goal by one of their own defenders.
just like after the first goal though Blackpool lost their composer and were caught on the break which led to Preston scoring to make the score 2-2 and then when Preston were awarded a penalty flick for a challenge outside the D by Blackpool goalkeeper kilshaw it looked like the game had been thrown away but somehow the Preston player managed to put the ball wide of the goal to keep the score at 2-2. With both teams still pushing for the win it was Blackpool who finally took control of the game and managed to keep the ball in the Preston half whilst probing for an opening which came with 9 minutes left when Rob Pasqualino received the ball at the top of the D after a nice pass from Josh Boyne and managed to get a quick shot away which nutmeged one of the Preston defenders and just went under the outstretched stick of the goalkeeper to make the score 3-2.
After taking the lead for the third time Blackpool held onto the ball and slowed the tempo of the game down to ensure that they held on to their lead and take the 3 points which moved them up to Second in the league behind Leyland and Chorley Mens 1’s who the play in 2 weeks time.
FT Blackpool 3 – 2 Preston
MOM: Kilshaw (GK)