Blackpool started their home match against an experienced Leyland & Chorley 2nd team with only 10 players, due to two seemingly not having received the message that the start time had been put forward half an hour to midday, either that or they enjoyed their Friday night too much!
This lack of a full team led to Leyland making the better start and pressing the Blackpool defence. They won a series of short corners, and Paul Atherton was needed to make a goal line save to keep the score at 0-0.
With the latecomers Jack Boniface and Chris Hocking finally arriving, Blackpool found their stride and were able to start rolling subs on and off. The two wingers Sam Robinson and Harrison Stott created chances and looked dangerous but the strikers’ final touches were lacking.
Leyland took the lead from a Blackpool error. Andy Mortimer tried to pass the ball across the D to a fellow defender but didn’t put enough power in it and a Leyland striker was able to pounce on the isolated ball in the middle of the D and strike past Graeme Kilshaw in goal.
After half-time the game became more open, but it was Blackpool’s young wingers who made the difference dribbling past players and creating opportunities. Sam Robinson scored the equaliser with a shot over the goalkeeper’s legs, and Blackpool took the lead when Chris Hocking scrambled a loose ball into the goal.
Man of the Match Harrison Stott was unlucky not to score a fabulous solo goal, when he dribbled from the halfway line from his right wing past several defenders and his shot in the D was millimetres wide, much to the disappointment of the sideline supporters, including his Mum.
Blackpool secure their 3rd place position in Division 5 but this was their toughest game to date and they battled hard for the win, and this attitude will be needed in the challenges still to come.