Blackpool 3’s dominated the match against their Leyland & Chorley counterparts, but the first goal was elusive until the final few minutes of the match, much to the relief of the Blackpool players and travelling supporters (parents).
From the off, Blackpool were clearly the better team, and 90% of the play was in Leyland’s half of the pitch, however composure in the D was lacking with shots going wide, and dribbling into a sturdy Leyland defensive wall.
Leyland had a rare counterattack and a shot at goal actually hit the goalpost to the shock and surprise of the Blackpool defence, but it was then cleared to safety. Blackpool had many penalty corner attempts but nothing came of any of them.
The second half was more of the same, with sustained pressure on the Leyland defence, but they held firm, and Blackpool couldn’t seem to capitalise on 10-15 penalty corners.
With time starting to run out, it was a solo run from the energetic Harrison Cardwell and dribble into the D before finding Matt Atherton on the near post who managed to shoot past the keeper for the elusive goal, and ultimately the three points.