Match Reports 12/13 Oct – Blackpool Hockey Club – Men’s
|Saturday 12 October 2013
|Preston Men’s 3s
|LCWHA Div 1
|Springfields Men’s 1s
|NWHL Div 6 NN
|Lytham St Annes Ladies 3s
|Lytham St Annes Men’s 3s
|NWHL Div 5 NN
|Sunday 13 October 2013
|Lancaster and Morecambe U15 Girls
|Lancaster Girls U15
|Springfields Men’s 1s
Whitley Hatrick Keeps 100% Record
Blackpool Men’s first team made it four wins from four with an emphatic 7-2 win over Preston thirds at Stanley Park.
With Ian Swaine out through illness, Chris Hocking stepped into the role and was rewarded within the opening minutes. After Jay Currey had made inroads down the right flank, a brief exchange between Dave Morgan and Hocking allowed the later to slap the ball past the Preston goalkeeper to open the scoring. Within two minutes, the lead was doubled in similar style, this time with Steve Whitley providing the finishing touch. Blackpool were dominating the game through slick passing and could have been out of sight within the first quarter of an hour if it wasn’t for a string of good saves by the Preston keeper. However there was little he could do to prevent Whitley’s second as Morgan slipped him the ball from a penalty corner that he calmly swept in from a narrow angle. Whitley completed a first half hatrick which went some way to earning him man of the match, after he was first to react to a rebound off Morgan’s initial shot to put Blackpool four up. The only blemish on an excellent first half came in the closing moments when Preston sprung on the counter attack and grabbed a goal that gave them some hope of an unlikely comeback.
The second half lacked the fluidity of the first, almost as though the Preston goal had stopped the home side’s onslaught dead in its tracks. Both Morgan and Hocking again came close but were denied by keeper, and Simon Thomas’s effort cannoned back off the post. Despite the pressure, it was Preston who were to score next, this time from a well struck penalty corner that snuck in between Nick Rainbow and Paul Atherton. In the same way Preston’s first seem to calm Blackpool’s attack, their second seemed to reignite it, and within minutes the lead was back to three. Morgan played in Currey who weaved his way around the goalkeeper and smashed home from a narrow angle for his first goal of the season. Thomas joined in on the scoring as he linked up with Morgan and Hocking to engineer a shooting opportunity that he gladly accepted for Blackpool’s sixth. Blackpool completed the scoring with Rob Dingle turning home a penalty corner in the closing moments with Morgan, who played a part in every goal, providing the assist.
Blackpool climb a spot to third, with all three sides yet to play each being separated only by goal difference.
Horror Show Final Twenty Minutes Costs Blackpool
Blackpool Men’s second team let a two goal advantage slip in the second half to lose 4-3 to local rivals Lytham thirds.
Lytham started the game quickly and dominated the opening exchanges, going ahead through Phil Hope early in the game. Blackpool recovered and slowly began to play their way back into the match, with Rob Pasqualino distributing well through the midfield. The visitors finally got themselves lever through Jordan Payne as his shot across the face of goal nestled into the far corner leaving the Lytham goalkeeper Richard Sharples with no chance. With few clear cut chances, both sides were happy to go in at half time with the score level.
Graeme Kilshaw’s half time team talk must have inspired the Blackpool players as they dominated the opening passage of the second half. Determined to take hold of the game, Blackpool worked the ball around quickly and got themselves in front through in-form striker Martin Hayes’s deflected effort into the roof of the net. Hayes doubled his tally soon after as his full length dive turned in Josh Boyne’s drive at the back post.
With Andrew Mortimer sent to the sidelines, Blackpool’s control was surrendered to their local rivals, and Lytham pounced on the opportunity to score two quick goals in succession to bring the game level. With the momentum swinging the way of the team from the south Fylde, Blackpool capitulated, handing over a penalty corner which was converted to complete a dramatic turnaround.
Blackpool were left ruing a missed opportunity, whilst Lytham enjoyed the spoils as they climb up above Blackpool in the division.
Blackpool Men’s thirds team lost out 2-0 away to Springfields Mens first team. Knowing their opposition are in a false position due to their re-formation, Blackpool knew it was going to be a tough ask, but showed high spirit in only conceeding twice. The returning Alex Rowe marshalled the side excellently, and Steven Pope was superb in goal.
Mens 1’s – Lancashire Trophy
It Wasn’t Pretty…
Looking for revenge for the defeat inflicted upon the Blackpool third team the day before, the men’s firsts travelled to Preston Sports Arena to take on Springfields Men’s firsts in the opening round of the Lancashire Trophy. Blackpool last competed in the Trophy three years ago when they won the cup in extra time, but had been drawn in the Lancashire Cup due to withdrawals (and bans!) since. With a title they were looking to regain, a much changed line up took to the pitch against a spirited Sprinfields side. From the first whistle the play was frantic with neither side stringing together a succession of play, with a plethora of strong challenges littering the game. Debutant Sam Clark looked solid at the heart of the Blackpool defence, and immediately slotted in amongst his new teammates. With limited clear cut opportunities, the only real threat came from penalty corners, but Blackpool’s usually slick routines were hampered by the unfamiliar playing surface. Nick Slater’s effort ricocheted off the post, and Dave Morgan’s direct strike just snuck past Jay Currey’s outstretched stick, leaving Blackpool unable to break the deadlock at half time.
The second half picked up right where the first left off, with Blackpool dominating possession, but failing to create any clear opportunity past the stubborn Springfields defence. Finally a converted penalty corner in the form of a Nathan Woodman drag flick brought Blackpool a goal, but the underdogs were not lying down. Roared on by a strong home crowd, Springfields came more and more into the game as Blackpool shuffled their side. They eventually punished Blackpool’s squandered penalty corners with one of their own which was finished excellently with a drag flick into the top corner. The cup tie was ignited with some fiery challenges late in the second half with both sides pressing for a winner. Blackpool won a flurry of penalty corners but were again let down by their final ball. However, there was to be no great underdog story as Blackpool finally converted one of their many corners, this time with Morgan smashing home from a direct strike.
A very relieved Blackpool were glad to hear the final whistle blow giving them a 2-1 victory. Full credit must go to Springfields for their determined performance and creating a very nervy second half for their visitors, who will be looking out for the next round draw with anticipation.
Match Report Blackpool V Lancaster & Morecambe 13th October 2013
Blackpool, still smarting from a heavy defeat last week werekeen to put on a show. With a much stronger line up than the previous week, Blackpool started brightly and with Hayden and Ciaran giving some fantastic attacking options, and strong midfield play from Tyler, Toby, Ollie, Harrison and Keiffer, Blackpool duly opened the scoring with a well-worked hockey goal that Hayden tucked away. Although the opposition were playing without a goal keeper, they had a very strong, well organised defensive line and were always a threat to Blackpool. The Blackpool defensive line, which consisted of Megan, Ellie, Ashley and a loaning from the opposition called Owen, snuffed out everything the opposition had to throw at them. When they were beaten, the reliable keeper Luke was dominant and made his presence felt with a commanding display of goal keeping in the first quarter. Both sides played some lovely hockey and it was an evenly contested first quarter, but Blackpool shaded it to be leading 1-0.
The second quarter started just as brightly for Blackpool and they scored a wonderful second goal which was played from the back by Megan, young Tyler then controlled the ball wellwith a sweet little turn, evading his marker and playing a clever ball to Ciaran, who in turn, with some fantastic expertise put a defence splitting pass through the Morecambe defensive line for Hayden to have an easy finish, making the score 2-0. As the second quarter went on, the opposition came more into the game creating themselves opportunities. These were thwarted by Blackpool playing as a team, with both attackers and defenders coming back to support in defence. Yet again another wonderful hockey goal, which started from a clearance in the Blackpool defensive line, worked its way up to Harrison and Ciaran. Hayden again found some space to make the score 3-0. Again the opposition came steaming forward and despite creating two good opportunities, the Blackpool defensive held firm until half time, to have a very respectful 3-0 half time advantage.
The third quarter started as the Blackpool coach had told his players it would. The home team would not lie down and be defeated and came out all guns blazing. Blackpool were slow and sluggish to stop wave after wave of opening attacks by the Lancaster & Morecambe squad, and the pressure payed off with the scoring the first goal of the third quarter. From then on the quarter was filled with continuous attack from the opposition. Blackpool dug in and put in a performance with players switching positions to help counter-balance what the opposition were bringing. Lancaster & Morecambe dominated this quarter and Blackpool did well to keep the score at 3-1.
A quick pep talk and words of encouragement from coach, captain and players alike, gave a rallying cry for the third quarter. Unfortunately just like the previous quarter, it was wave upon wave of pressure form the home team. Yet again, Blackpool worked hard as a team, supporting each other and with 6 outstanding saves in this quarter alone, Blackpool stopped the home team scoring again and came away with a valuable and memorable 3-1 victory against a very strong home side.
Due to Luke’s final quarter heroics in net, he deservedly won the man of the match award. However it was an outstanding effort from the whole squad.