Another spirited performance from a rejuvenated Blackpool side that played in a very competitive game against a well drilled side. From the off Blackpool knew what to expect from a team who has risen through the leagues with them. A slow and sandy pitch meant the free flowing and passing that the Stanley Park regulars expect had to be tamed to suit the conditions. The defence again worked well but were caught ball watching too many times for the captain’s liking and a Sale break saw them go one up after 20 minutes of the first half. This did not phase Blackpool who took to their task and played some good strong passing hockey. The only problem was they just could not convert any of their chances. Time after time the final ball was good but the finish was poor or did not find the target.
Blackpool deserved at least a draw but unfortunately what you deserve and what you get are rarely the same. The difference between the two sides in the end was the finishing and Sale walked away with three hard fought points. On the whole though it was a good showing from Blackpool but the finishing will have to be infinitely better against next Saturdays opposition as an undefeated Bangor travel to West Lancashire. [edit: Bangor actually lost to Didsbury away last week]
© Kieron Morrow 07/02/05