A freak hailstorm in Lancaster treated Blackpool 3’s visit to the league leaders, making the pitch slippy underfoot and the team under-prepared after sheltering during the warming up time.
Well that’s one excuse anyway for why Blackpool conceded two early goals. In reality it was some good running, passing and precision shots by the Lancaster forwards, before the Blackpool defence had worked out how to nullify the dangers.
The game then became more even, with Blackpool’s midfield of Joe Neath and the returning James Smith working hard to earn the ball and feed the attack, with captain Matt Atherton playing upfront. There were half chances but no clear cut opportunities.
It was Lancaster who scored the next goal after half time, when the experienced striker dribbled across the D and was able to turn and shoot with the ball beating both a defender and the goalkeeper.
George Walker almost scored for Blackpool when he received the ball in front of goal and his shot went under the goalkeeper, only for it to be saved off the line by a defender. The ball was cleared up to the halfway line where Phil Weir won it back, fed it back to Joe Neath, who found Kieran Armstrong in space in the D who then struck to make it 3-1.
Blackpool kept trying, but Lancaster & Morecambe were just too good in the end, and ended worthy winners.