As if to make up for the unseasonably wet conditions of the previous week, the day began cool and overcast but dry. In true Victorian Autumn fashion, the sun appeared briefly at times, only to be balanced by the chilly breeze. Whitehaven’s long trek south on a cold November morn would only add to the disappointment having to play the match with 10 men. Not only did they lose their umpire and therefore have to let one player swap his stick for a whistle, but they also lost their sense of humour when they discovered that Blackpool had two subs and wouldn’t offer either to partner their own stand in umpire, Stephen Whitley.
Subsequent thoughts of biased umpiring must have been rife in the Blackpool players heads as the Whitehaven umpire disallowed a short corner after Gerrard’s strike climbed all they way to the top of the backboard. Verdict too high. “Eloquently put!” shouted Whitley as he raced across the pitch to correct matters. New verdict – GOAL.
Visitors to Stanley Park are definitely struggling with the pace and fitness of the Blackpool players. Or is it the pitch? Yep, it’s the pitch. Whichever it is, the game opened up in the second half and the spectators (subs) were treated to some pure end-to-end action. Man of the match keeper Graeme Kilshaw kept Whitehaven’s scoresheet blank with more than one spectacular save. In the end, Blackpool took clear command of the afternoons outcome. Goals from Kieron, Warren, Morty and Gerrard (I think) should have been added to on at least four other occasions after pin-ball style scrambles in the Whitehaven D.
Final score Blackpool 4, Whitehaven 0. That’s 5 from 5 – Come on you tangerines!!!
Written by Paul Wearing, Edited by Alex Diver