Blackpool 2nd team travelled to Ulverston on a fine autumnal day and had to battle hard to eek out a 3-2 win against a robust South Lakes side.
Blackpool took an early lead with Harrison Stott dribbling on the right wing, past defenders and cutting the ball back from the bye-line into the D. Several players couldn’t get a touch, leaving Alex Diver to sweep the ball past the goalkeeper,
The lead was doubled with an impressive airborne strike from Niall Bancroft which flew into the back of the net, after a deflection from Chris Hocking’s ball into the D.
Blackpool hadn’t been troubled at the back, but suddenly South Lakes managed to win several short corners. They scored from one with a straight strike into the corner, and then found an equaliser with a switch and a flick over the diving Graeme Kilshaw in goal.
Blackpool were determined in the second half to fight for the win, and not let the game drift away like their single defeat to Lytham earlier in the season. They started to make use of their two subs and superior fitness and dominated possession with Sam Robinson bossing the midfield in a rearranged formation.
However chances were hard to come by and several short corners were squandered before a free hit taken by Rob Pasqualino was passed to Bancroft who drove into the D and his initial strike was deflected to Hocking who dribbled right around the goalkeeper and slipped the ball home.
Blackpool held on to take the win and now move up to 2nd in Division 5, although have a week off before a tricky set of fixtures against the top teams in the weeks to follow.