Blackpool’s 2nd team continued their poor run of form with a 6-0 defeat away to Leyland & Chorley’s 1st team, the third successive match against a team relegated from Division 3N last year.
The match however was far more even than the scoreline suggests. There was parity between the teams for the first 15 minutes, until Leyland won a short corner and were able to score with a neat set move. They continued to pressurise the Blackpool defence and from another short corner the ball was fed back into the goal past keeper Toby Jeffery and struck Pete Latimer’s foot on the line, resulting in a penalty stroke which was converted to make it 2-0.
Blackpool became frustrated and embarrassingly the captain Matt Atherton earned himself a green card for too much backchat to the umpire. Blackpool did however threaten Leyland at times, with Keiffer Earnshaw running at their defence, and support from Dan Howe and Tim Wilson from the wing.
Somehow Blackpool managed to concede four goals in the second half, by Leyland taking their chances, whereas Blackpool struggled in the latter third of the pitch. The cause wasn’t helped by another green card for dissent for Matt Atherton and one for Tim Wilson for a reckless tackle.
Another frustrating game for Blackpool but there are signs of improvement and there is still hope with three other teams within one point at the bottom of Division 4N.