Blackpool Men’s suffered their first defeat of the season going down 4-2 away to Didsbury Men’s seconds.
With Blackpool again suffering from the M60 congestion on an away trip, they arrived at Didsbury with only minutes to spare. The home side showed little sympathy for their visitors, dominating the opening exchanges and quickly going a goal up through a well taken penalty corner.
As is becoming customary for Blackpool this season, they began to find their feet at around the quarter hour mark, and found an equaliser when Dave Morgan deflected home Rob Dingle’s cross. However, unlike previous weeks, Blackpool failed to swing the momentum back in their favour as they were up against it for much of the first half, and looked to hit their well drilled hosts on the counter. Chances were few and far between for Blackpool, but thanks to some solid work from Rob Abbott and Dec O’Hara, the score was kept at one a piece for much of the first half. Just on the stroke of half time, Blackpool’s defence was finally breached after a quick attack down the right flank put Didsbury ahead.
The second half turned into a scrappy affair with neither side looking overly threatening for the first twenty minutes. It took a mistake by the Blackpool defence, gifting possession away that led to the crucial third goal. With the game almost won, Didsbury switched off and within minutes Blackpool gave themselves a glimmer of home when Jordan Payne smashed home an incredible volley much to delight of the travelling support. However the resurgence lasted only a few minutes as Didsbury rallied to score the fourth with just over five minutes to go, finally killing off Blackpool’s hopes.