Blackpool Men’s seconds battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Warrington firsts in their first game in Division 4 North having won promotion last season. Warrington dominated the opening exchanges at Stanley Park and were able to move the ball at will as they kept the home side penned back within their own half. As the half progressed, however, Blackpool finally found their rhythm and were unfortunate not to go into half time with the lead having spurned a couple of good chances created by the hard-working Ollie Thomlinson down the left flank, leaving defenders in his wake on numerous occasions.
Blackpool came out after the break in a much more direct and attacking mind-set which led to them taking the lead through Andy Mortimer. As play broke down in the oppositions D, following a short corner, Mortimer fired home the opener with a sweetly struck low shot to the bottom corner to open the team’s account for the season. This goal, alongside his stoic defending earned Mortimer a share of the Man of the Match award with Thomlinson for his excellent runs. Despite falling behind Warrington worked their way back into the game and equalised with 10 minutes to spare, when sloppy defending resulted in a simple tap-in. The away-side could have nicked all 3 points in the closing minutes if the opposition striker hadn’t inexplicably pushed his shot wide with the goal gaping when it was seemingly harder to miss than score.
The final score of 1-1 probably being a fair result and a solid opening game for the 2s in a higher division against an experienced side.