Blackpool 2nds travelled to Manchester hoping for another victory under their belt before the start of league games but was not going to have an easy time. The first half produced very little for the visitors as Trinity piled on the pressure being allowed chance after chance and fortunately for the Blackpool defence not being able to convert. Blackpool started to answer the wake up call and created a couple of chances that went begging.
Shortly after the break Blackpool began to perform as an organised side with good link up play from midfielders Jack Boniface, Jay-Jay and Lancashire U15’s youngster Ryan Lynch. Still early on in the second half Blackpool’s best chance was missed when Colin Robertson liked up well with Andy Mortimer who put in a fantastic ball to an unmarked Blackpool forward only to have a reverse stick shot miss the goal going inches over the bar. Blackpool’s structure decided to slowly collapse as Manchester piled on more attacks where it was up to some desperate but excellent defending from Sean Lester, Paul Atherton & Nick Walker to keep the attacks at bay. But goalkeeper & man of the match Graham Kilshaw saved Blackpool’s blushes on several occasions with some fine saves and a goal line stick clearance in the last five minutes, but Blackpool managed to hold on until the final whistle.
Blackpool Hockey Club would like to thank sponsors Walkabout, Firth Associates of Lytham, Morrow Brothers and Cable & Wireless for their valued sponsorship for the 2006/07 season.