Blackpool Men’s firsts were left kicking themselves after failing to pick up a point at home to Winnington Park. Both sides were under-strength but it was the visitors who made the most of their opportunities racing into a 3-0 lead after 25 minutes, capitalising on Blackpool errors. The home side finally kicked into gear and pulled one back before half time through Simon Thomas after a well worked move involving Jordan Payne. The deficit could have been reduced to one but for an excellent save denying James Smith in the closing minutes of the half.
Blackpool were much the better side in the second period as Winnington protected their lead with some solid defence. Despite the home side’s dominance, they lacked accuracy on with the final pass, and further opportunities came and went. The breakthrough finally came, but it was the visitors who gifted Blackpool with the chance by being reduced to 9 players, allowing Blackpool to flood players forward. debutant Joe Neath fired home from a tight angle to give Blackpool hope with fifteen minutes left, but a painful last quarter of an hour of further squandered chances allowed the visitors to cling on for a well battled three points.