An understrength Blackpool side couldn’t keep pace with their hosts as they lost 4-0 away to Knutsford 1sts.
The Blackpool bare eleven tried to nullify the aerial threat from the Knutsford defence, but some well worked moves and quick ball pace allowed the home side to dominate the opening exchanges. Blackpool looked dangerous on the counter, but it was to be their undoing as Knutsford took the lead after picking a hole in the Blackpool back line moments after a thwarted Blackpool attack.
This seemed to spark Blackpool into action and for the next ten minutes, they had the better of the opportunities. The ball fell perfectly to Sam Bury after some great link up play from Harrison Stott, Jordan Payne and Steve Whitley, but Bury could only skew his shot wide of the left post. Blackpool failed to convert from a series of penalty corners which included the umpire turning down a potential penalty stroke, and from here Knutsford regained control. Their skipper showed how to make the most of a penalty corner with an excellent routine and finish that left Nick Rainbow no chance in the Blackpool goal.
The second half was a scrappier affair with neither side impressing on the ball. This suited the home side fine as Blackpool struggled to find a goal to bring them back into the match. Both sides continued to concede penalty corners, but despite another Blackpool cry for a stroke again turned down, the chances weren’t taken. With fifteen minutes to go, Blackpool through men forward, but the pacey Knutsford front line were quick to oblige. Two further goals put the game to bed in the closing period as the home side walked away good value for their three points.