Match Reports 19 Oct – Blackpool Hockey Club – Men’s
|Saturday 19 October 2013|
|12:00||H||StPk||Men’s 1s||4:2||South Lakes Men’s 1s||NWHL Div3N||
|13:30||H||StPk||Ladies 1s||3:3||Rossall 1||LCWHA PD||
|13:30||H||StPk||Men’s 2s||8:0||South Lakes Men’s 2s||NWHL Div 5 NN|
|13:30||A||LUAT||Ladies 2s||4:2||Lancaster Nomads Ladies 1||LCWHA Div 1|
|15:00||H||StPk||Men’s 3s||1:3||Keswick Men’s 3s||NWHL Div 6 NN|
|15:00||H||StPk||Ladies 3s||1:2||Longridge Ladies 3rds||LCWHA D3|
Currey Double As Blackpool Go Second
Blackpool Men’s first team moved up to second in Division 3 North with a 4-2 win against South Lakes at Stanley Park.
Blackpool welcomed back Kieran Harris to the side after over a year out with injury, giving Blackpool captain Nick Rainbow plenty of options with his side.
Blackpool went ahead after just three minutes when Rob Dingle turned in Dan Woodman’s pass at a penalty corner. With South Lakes committing lots of players forward, even at the early stages of the game, Blackpool were able to hit them on the break. Dave Morgan found Jay Currey’s overlapping run who took on the last defender, before firing home past the goalkeeper. South Lakes soon hit to show it wasn’t all one way traffic with a well worked deflection over Nick Rainbow. Blackpool went 3-1 up when Currey doubled his tally, finishing off a well worked move involving Morgan and Steve Whitley. Ian Swaine slapped in from close range to grab a fourth and at half time, Blackpool were sitting pretty with their lead.
South Lakes reshuffled in the second half becoming more compact, causing the end to end flow that was seen in the first half change to a midfield battle. Both sides came close to scoring, but it looked as though the game was meandering to a finish with neither side posing the same threat they did in the first half. With ten minutes to go, South Lakes converted a penalty corner to bring some life back into the game, but Blackpool saw out the closing minutes to finish 4-2 winners.
With Rochdale’s loss at Carlisle, Blackpool and City of Manchester remain the only sides with maximum points in the division.
Pool Hit Eight Against Lakes
Blackpool Men’s second team made up for their poor result last week with an emphatic 8-0 win against South Lakes Men’s seconds.
Watched by a sizable crowd from both clubs, Blackpool dominated from the outset and were a constant menace to the visitors defence. Jordan Payne continued his excellent run of form, helping himself to four goals, all in similar fashion at the back post. The club’s top goal scorer Martin Hayes was also amongst the goals again bagging a brace, to take him past 100 competitive goals for the club. The second of which was an excellent piece of individual skill. After drawing two defenders in, Hayes chipped the ball over their sticks, jumped over and calmly slotted the ball past the oncoming goal keeper. Andrew Mortimer’s strike from a penalty corner was too strong for the Lakes goalkeeper and Josh Payne rounded off the scoring.
Blackpool move up to third in the league, but trail runaway leaders Leyland by 5 points.
Blackpool failed to convert multiple chances to their cost as Keswick snatched 3 points with a 3-1 win at Stanley Park. Alex Hughes gave pool a deserved lead at half time, however as the torrential rain came so did mistakes as pool pressed for a second allowing Keswick back into the game. The visitors took advantage of pools inexperience as they over committed allowing the away team to steal three points. Josh Hughes took the man if the match award, whilst Harrison Stott played well on debut.