Blackpool 3’s had a bare 11 players (as did both the 2’s & 1’s in a club availability crisis) but ironically it was actually a strong a side as the team has put out all season.
Blackpool opened the scoring when Matt Atherton crossed the ball from the left wing to David Wright who’s first strike was saved by the Keswick goalkeeper but only straight back to him, and he made no mistake with his second chance lifting the ball over the keeper into the back of the net.
Blackpool had the better of the first half, with the midfield dominating possession, and Joe Neath and Ollie Tomlinson causing Keswick all sorts of problems in the middle of the park, together with the returning Harrison Cardwell roaming in a more advanced position. However despite this advantage, Blackpool were unable to find a second goal before half-time.
Keswick came out stronger in the second half, and on the first penalty corner that they’d won in the whole game, they managed to find the goal with a straight strike.
Blackpool carried on attacking and came close on several occasions. It was actually a counter-attack which led to their second goal, when Ollie Tomlinson dribbled from the halfway line, and then fed Matt Atherton in the D who struck firmly into the corner of the goal leaving the Keswick keeper no chance.
Promotion chasing Keswick never gave up, and earned their third penalty corner in the last minute of the game. They got away another firm strike towards goal, past keeper Toby Jeffery, but defender Pete Latimer was able to stop it with his stick waist high, and the ball was cleared to safety. The final whistle blew and Blackpool had won a famous victory, with Harrison Cardwell being named Man of the Match.