The 2nd XI succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against their counterparts from Leyland & Chorley in a hot-tempered game played in abysmal conditions.
Blackpool started off the better side and showed glimpses of what they’re capable of, with some strong build-up play but were simply not composed enough upon reaching their opponents 25. This lack of cutting edge came back to haunt Blackpool as the home team took the lead, against the run of play midway through the first half. Despite dominating possession further and creating a couple of half chances the Tangerines went into the break behind but confident of overturning this in the second half.
Blackpool began the second half at a much better tempo and spurned a great chance to equalise when catching Leyland out on the break; as Dan Woodman and Jordan Payne combined well down the left, only for Steve White to spurn a great chance at the back post with an open goal gaping. As the driving wind and rain worsened, tempers on the pitch began to flare, with a Leyland player seeing yellow and ten minutes on the sideline for a dreadful stick tackle in the middle of the park. This seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game which became a bad tempered and scrappy affair. Unfortunately, Blackpool were unable to press home the extra man advantage and eventually fell further behind with Leyland doubling their lead from a short-corner. This frustration got to some of the away side and Alex Diver saw yellow late on in the game to confound a wholly disappointing afternoon leaving any feint hopes of promotion hanging by a thread.