Blackpool 2nd team traveled to Formby keen to put last week’s surprise loss to Lytham behind them. They were encouraged when they saw Formby’s 4th team as it looked like a predominantly young development side. However there was no lack of skill in this young team, and there were several older experienced players as well, making them a tough team to break down.
The first half was a tense affair, and whilst Blackpool had more possession, Formby had their fair share too, without being overly threatening to the experienced Blackpool defence. Blackpool’s winger Oli Tomlinson and Jay Currey made inroads, but the initial Blackpool strike force of Alex Diver and Sam Robinson struggled to convert any chances.
Eventually Blackpool took the lead through a counter attack down the left started by Tomlinson who connected with Currey who then fed Diver who turned with a sweet strike past the goalkeeper.
Half-time came with the score still at 1-0 and Formby pushed in search of an equaliser. They won their first short corner of the match, but were repelled by Andy Mortimer running out. However they won a second one shortly afterwards and this time goalkeeper Graeme Kilshaw made the initial save, but a Formby forward pounced on the rebound and flicked the ball past the sticks of both of Blackpool’s defenders on the posts.
Blackpool went back on the attack and Currey scored an incredible solo goal to retake the lead. He picked up the ball near the halfway line, ran past several defenders to the bye-line at the edge of the D where he crossed a ball into the centre. The angle was so acute that the Formby goalkeeper didn’t try to kick the ball, but instead watched it slip into the goal to his great surprise, and that of his whole defence too, and even the umpires took their time before confirming that the ball had been struck inside the D and was therefore a legal goal.
Formby never relented from attacking and could have scored from another short corner if it wasn’t for a goal line save from defender Pete Latimer. Similarly Blackpool carried on attacking in numbers, and stretched their lead when Sam Robinson dribbled into the D and slammed a shot straight past the Formby keeper.
With a two goal lead, Blackpool pushed on and Formby’s heads began to drop when a 4th goal was conceded from a short corner when Diver managed to find Robinson at the back post, who tapped the ball in with his reverse stick. The 5th goal was a thing of beauty, starting on the right from a sideline hit taken by Ben Mortimer to Harrison Stott who passed to Currey then onto Robinson who found Steve White in the D, who tapped the ball back into the path of Diver who had peeled from his defender and slotted the ball home.
Blackpool finished their victory with a hat-trick from man of the match Sam Robinson, when his mid-hit shot from the top of the D bobbled and bounced and none of the defence seemed able to stop it from heading into the goal.
So Blackpool finished 6-1 winners but the young Formby team has a lot of talent who will only improve. Finally worth mentioning a couple of amusing points in the match. Firstly yours truly getting a proverbial nosebleed when in possession of the ball entering the opposition D, for the first time in around 10 years, attempting a strike at goal but instead topping it so it limped harmlessly. Second was the Formby no.3 when taking a sideline ball, somehow managed to flick it straight off the pitch and up and over the high protective fencing. This was then replicated with a slightly lower trajectory by Blackpool’s Matt Atherton from the exact same spot later on in the match.
Written by Pete Latimer