Blackpool Men’s 3rds 2 – 2 Wigan Men’s 2nds

Blackpool 3’s were unlucky not to secure a victory in their final game of the season against Wigan as they conceded a last minute goal in a game they dominated.

The home team started brightly with the youthful midfield playmaker Joe Neath working well with the returning James Smith, linking to Matt Atherton and Ashlie Holmes in attack.

The first goal was created by young Jacob Lyons intercepting a free hit from the Wigan defence, then driving down the right wing into the D, and finding Matt Atherton in space who shot low and hard into the far corner of the goal.

Wigan managed to equalise with an attack down the right and a shot towards goals hit Pete Latimer’s foot and deflected into the goal leaving Toby Jeffery no chance.  Otherwise they had few attacks that weren’t sniffed out by the Blackpool defensive line of Phil Weir, Pete Latimer and Craig Nutter.

Blackpool had many attacking opportunities aided by the wing backs of Matt Atkinson and Jacob Lyons.  Captain Matt Atherton was the most dangerous in possession and he scored a second goal when dribbling into the D and letting off a stormer of a shot which left the Wigan keeper with no chance.

Blackpool continued to attack in the second half, and the Wigan keeper saved several shots. However the game became more open ended and gaps started to appear in Blackpool’s midfield.  With no substitutes and several minutes of Matt Atherton off the field with cramp, Wigan became the more offensive.  And with the final touch of the game they managed to find an unmarked striker to score the equaliser.

Blackpool were disappointed with the draw having looked the likely winners, but had to be satisfied with the performance, especially against a team above them in the league.

Captain Matt Atherton was awarded Man of the Match, appropriately in his last game in charge, stepping down from the captaincy after having led the 3rd team to their best ever position of 5th in Division 6NN, with 8 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses.