A disappointing 5-2 loss at home to Knutsford sees Blackpool Men’s first team drop to 4th in North West division one.
The visitors dominated the first half and their fluent passing combined with lengthy aerial attacks proved too much for the nervy Blackpool defence. Within ten minutes Knutsford found themselves two goals up with Blackpool goalkeeper Nick Rainbow having no chance with either effort.
A nasty head injury to a Knutsford attacker brought about a brief stoppage in play, and Blackpool looked to re-group, however it was more of the same for the remainder of the half as the rampant visitors knocked in a third to put themselves in a commanding position at the half time break.
Stern words at the interval revitalised the home side who pulled a goal back through Sam Bury within thirty seconds of the restart. A scrambled clearance off the line from a penalty corner only minutes later could have brought Blackpool back in the contest, but Knutsford exposed Blackpool on the counter to restore their three goal advantage. It simply wasn’t Blackpool’s day, summed up by Jay Currey’s penalty stroke going the wrong side of the post, however Steve Whitley and Simon Thomas combined at a penalty corner to score an unorthodox consolation goal. Within less than five minutes to go, Blackpool copied Liverpool Sefton’s trick from a fortnight ago and subbed off the goalkeeper for an extra outfielder in search of a dramatic comeback. It made little difference, except to allow a simple tap for the Knutsford forward with the final touch of the game to complete a comprehensive 5-2 win for the visitors.