Blackpool Men’s Firsts were left scratching their heads wondering how they didn’t come away from North Wales with three points, settling for a 2-2 draw.
A new look Blackpool side missing all recognised strikers dominated the opening ten minutes, but couldn’t break through the resolute Rhyl back line. The home side took the lead completely against the run of play, an much to the shock of their own players. It didn’t take Blackpool long to respond as Jay Currey tapped in after some tidy work from Simon Thomas and Steve Whitley. Rob Dingle’s effort from a penalty corner shaved the post, and Dec O’Hara put a glorious chance wide. Blackpool felt they should have had a penalty stroke for the ball striking a defender on the line, but benefit of the doubt was given to the home side, with the umpire ruling the shot may have been going wide.
The second half was much of the same, with the visitors looking the more likely to score. Whitley playing in a more advances position put Blackpool ahead, but after a defensive mix up, Rhyl pulled level much to the frustrations of the Blackpool players. Thomas felt he should have scored but failed to make contact with his swept effort, and another strong shout for a penalty stroke was turned down in the closing 5 minutes from Whitley’s shot deflecting off a defender into the post. Bizarrely, the decision went Rhyl’s way, and they clung on for a 2-2 draw.
Blackpool will be looking to get back to winning ways against Lymm next week, but also face the daunting prospect of Formby firsts in the Lancashire Cup on Sunday