Further encouraging performances from the young Blackpool third team couldn’t prevent a 6-0 defeat to Formby fourths.
A late call up from the 2nd team for two key 3rd team players led to a debuts for Ashlie Swann-Holmes and Phil Weir, who just happens to be his Dad. They fitted into the 3rd team defence as if they were regulars alongside the returning Pete Latimer easing his way back from his two year lay-off after knee surgery. Blackpool had the best of the early exchanges with James Smith and Nick Slater looking dangerous attacking from midfield, but Formby slowly got into the game with their mix of youth and experience.
After an early goal disallowed from a short corner routine, Formby then managed to twice narrowly beat the diving goalkeeper Stephen Pope from successive short corners, and led 2-0 at half-time. The second half was more of the same with Formby scoring from yet another short corner, same strike sliding past the man on the post. Shortly afterwards they managed to break in the box and their young striker got a reverse stick strike into the goal.
Blackpool kept on playing and even managed to win a couple of short corners themselves, but Nick Slater had a nightmare as the injector, both times scuffing the ball so it never got near the top of the D and the advantage was wasted. Formby scored two more to eventually win 6-0 but there were some good performances from the Blackpool players and it will only be a matter of time before results go their way.