Blackpool’s second team suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Keswick 2s, at Stanley Park on Saturday in a close fought game leaving the home side feeling unfortunate not to come away with a share of the spoils.
In a customary slow start for the men in tangerine, Keswick came out of the blocks much the stronger and penned Blackpool back in their own half for the opening fifteen minutes. This pressure eventually told as Keswick took the lead through a well-worked short-corner. The continued high-pressure from the away side quickly resulted in Keswick doubling their lead when the opposition striker found himself free in the D with plenty of time to coolly apply the finish. This goal finally kicked Blackpool into life and they were able to move further up the pitch with good work from the wingers Harrison Stott and Ollie Thomlinson and the return of Rob Pasqualino to the centre of midfield. The home side were now finding their feet and finished the half the strongest, winning a handful of short corners from which Andy Mortimer grabbed a goal back for Blackpool when his straight strike ricocheted up off the keeper’s glove and into the net.
Blackpool began the second half much the brighter, putting the effort in to create an entertaining and fierce battle; however they were indebted to goalkeeper Graeme Kilshaw who pulled off a handful of excellent acrobatic saves to keep the deficit to one goal, with his exploits eventually earning him the Man of the Match award. In the dying minutes a well worked short corner from Blackpool saw Adam George hit the post as Blackpool were left to rue this and a few other late chances which could have earnt the home side a point. Alas, it was not to be with the game ending as the first half had finished at 2-1 to Keswick.