Blackpool had a full strength side out for a crucial game against a similarly placed side in the league. The formation that has seen Mortimer move from attack to sweeper once again paid dividends as the defence was bolstered by his round, yet diminutive presence. Captain Morrow for the third game in a row won the toss and elected to have push back.
Blakemore in goal was instrumental in keeping the score to one goal after making a string of fine saves all through the match. Woodman, Gettings, Latimer and Mortimer again defended with maturity and kept the arguing and verbal abuse to a required minimum. Morrow Jr, Pasqualino, Abbott and Chadwick moved well and showed great passing especially in the first half when Blackpool collectively played their best hockey of the season. Morgan and Morrow played up front and it was Morgan who opened the scoring with a well driven shot from the top of the D past a diving keeper. Morrow had several chances and managed to ruin them all. He topped his only shot of the game, stood on the ball twice and by the end of the game the other Blackpool players had decided to bypass him preferring not to give him any more chances to give the ball to the opposition.
Lancaster equalised during the first half via a deflected stick from a well worked short corner. Boniface came on for the injured Latimer at half-time but it was by no means the usual scramble over the last 20 minutes as Blackpool continually went forward looking for the winner. The defence was robust and the midfield kept possession right through the game. The only weak spot was the skipper playing up front, who in hindsight should have brought himself off and put the non-playing Edmondson, or Blakemore’s mum up front.
© Kieron Morrow 15/11/04 (edit-PL)