A team of just 10 travelled to Cheshire, knowing that Latimer was only due to arrive midway through the first half. Luckliy he arrived just as the game started, so the few minutes missed did not cost Blackpool.
Blackpool started strongly, even though they were playing on a sandy pitch unsuited to their style of play. However despite midfield supremecy from Kieron & Liam Morrow, Abbot and Wright, the attacks quickly broke down and neither Mortimer or Edmondson were able to put any real pressure on the disciplined South Cheshire defence.
The defence of Jack & Joe Boniface, Latimer and Gettings looked sound in front of Jason, their 3rd goalkeeper in as many weeks. However several short corners were conceded, and a well practiced attacking routine scored twice with the same move much to the anguish of the Blackpool defenders.
Despite being 2-0 down at half-time, Blackpool felt that they were still very much in the game, and decided to let the sweeper man-mark, freeing up the right midfield. This worked in part, allowing more attacks, but the downside was that South Cheshire also had more room. This indirectly led to their 3rd goal when the centre-back had to leave his man unmarked, after an attacker had gone past one of his fellow players on the bye-line in the D.
With 5 minutes left Abbott scored a disputed goal from a deflection, but an improbable come-back disappeared when a shot across goal was left by the goalie with an umarked man on the far post to push in the net with ease, a case of bad communication within the down-hearted defence.
Another game typifying Blackpool’s season. Similar quality sides, but Blackpool let goals in from errors, and struggle to score both from open play and from a woeful short corner routine.
© PL 28/02/05