Blackpool Men’s firsts came away from a tricky fixture on Merseyside with a 1-1 draw at Northern Men’s firsts.
In a game lucky to escape the worst of the dire weather over the weekend, the home side looked the more confident in the early stages, with a freedom of movement in their attacking play giving the Blackpool defence plenty to think about. But it was the visitors who took the lead slightly against the run of play when Dave Morgan finished off a well worked counter attack from Ian Swaine’s assist.
Northern continued to press and found an equaliser after fifteen minutes when Nick Rainbow was wrong-footed at a penalty corner and the drag-flicker’s effort found the right hand side of the net.
With the home side edging possession, Blackpool looked to pounce on the counter. Twice they could have had the lead at the break as Sam Robinson’s touch at the back post was off target, and Morgan couldn’t guide his volley goal-bound after the hard work had already been done. Rainbow was called into action at the other end as his save after a mistake from the Blackpool defence kept the sides level.
The first ten minutes of the second half continued in the same fashion; Northern playing the calmer hockey, but Blackpool looking the more threatening in front of goal. As the rain eased, both sides began to feel the frustration at the lack of breakthrough. The turning point in the half came after fifteen minutes when a Northern player rolled his ankle and was forced to the side-lines for the remainder of the game. From this point on, Blackpool began to dominate, but couldn’t force a break through. The final five minutes was all Blackpool, but Northern held on resolutely to end a rare goalless second half.
In the end, a draw was a fair result, but both sides will come away thinking they could have taken all three points