Blackpool’s third team were defeated 4-0 at home to Lancaster & Morecambe third team.
The early part of the game saw plenty of possession for the away side who created some early chances through good passing and movement from their front players. However Blackpool were also looking dangerous on the counter attack, the pace of Keiffer Walker-Earnshaw supported by Ashlie Holmes, Will Pickles and Corey Stott causing trouble for the visiting defence. After several near misses for both sides, the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes. Lancaster and Morecambe scoring from a powerfully struck short corner that the Blackpool back line were unable to keep out. 5 minutes later Lancaster and Morecambe doubled their lead, their young striker belying his small stature with a thunderous strike into the top corner of the goal.
Trailing 2-0 at half time, Blackpool had their best spell of the game in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Kieran Ablett moved from left back into midfield allowing Blackpool to gain some control in the midfield area. The ball was mostly in the Lancaster and Morecambe half but Blackpool struggled to create many clear cut chances. The closest they came was a short corner strike that was saved by the keeper and fell to Jo Neath who was unable to get a clean strike on a spinning ball. Ashlie Holmes also made a run down the right wing to the by-line and pulled the ball back towards 2 unmarked Blackpool strikers. However at the last minute a Lancaster and Morecambe defender got a touch to deflect the ball to safety.
Just as Blackpool were starting to sense a goal that would bring them back into the game, Lancaster and Morecambe struck at the other end. Blackpool giving the ball away in their own half resulting in several quick passes between visiting forwards and a cool finish into the Blackpool goal. As Blackpool pushed forwards trying to find a way back into the game, they were again punished on the counter attack making the final score 4-0 to Lancaster and Morecambe.
Blackpool’s man of the match was Toby Jeffreys but special mention should be given to Dan Howe, Matt Atkinson and Joe Neath for competing well in their first season of senior hockey against much more experienced opponents.