A much changed Blackpool Men’s first team found it tough going as they went down 7-1 away to Didsbury Northern Men’s seconds in their opening fixture of the season.
The home side dominated from the outset and Blackpool found themselves two behind after fifteen minutes both goals coming off the back of well worked penalty corner routines, one of which resulted in a converted penalty flick.
Blackpool began to get themselves back into the game with some good movement from Jordan Payne and Dave Morgan up front, however chances were limited due to the well organised Didsbury defence.
A third goal minutes before the half time break killed any chance Blackpool had of rescuing a point, but the new-look side battled hard until they end.
Morgan was rewarded with a goal from a penalty corner, but Didsbury immediately struck back and a further three goals in the closing fifteen minutes put them out of sight.
Graeme Kilshaw impressed in his return to the side earning himself Blackpool’s Man of the Match and Will Pickles made an encouraging league debut.