Bolton got the game underway and it was a slow start from both teams in this battle for league survival. Both sides tried to play a good passing game but found little joy in penetrating the opposing areas. Blackpool survived some late pressure in the first half from a succession of penalty corners to go into the break with the game still goalless.
As Blackpool’s dwindling home support slowly disappeared from the side lines they missed out on some of the best hockey the seconds have played all season. Blackpool began to make use of the width and in doing so create some good chances and it didn’t take long before Sam Robinson emulated his hero Martin Hayes with a back post tap in. Blackpool soon doubled their lead with some quick thinking from James Slater who didn’t give the defence time to set at a free hit and drove into the Bolton area and fired home with a great shot beating the keeper at his near post.
Blackpool have struggled to hold on to a lead in recent weeks and it looked as though history might repeat itself as straight from the restart Bolton broke on a quick counter leaving the Blackpool defence all at sea. After a neat one-two it was an easy finish for the Bolton forward. The day was to be Blackpool’s though as Ciaran Johnson found the net with his first goal of the season. With only ten minutes left in the game, Bolton piled forward in search of goal that would bring them back into the game, but it was the home side who countered again with Robinson finding space at the back post again in what was a carbon copy of his first goal. With only minutes remaining, Blackpool had time for a fifth after a powerful strike from Matt Atherton at a penalty corner.
A much needed result for Blackpool who will look to build on this next week before the Christmas break.