Following back to back defeats in the last two games, Blackpool knew that they needed to bring back nothing less than 3 points from struggling Golborne, if they have any hopes of promotion this season.
The first 10 minutes saw numerous chances for Blackpool, and in the 12th minute, the deadlock was broken by lone striker Martin Hayes, to the collective relief of the Blackpool players who have sometimes stuttered in front of goal in the early part of the season. This seemed to open up the Golborne team, creating space for the 4 more goals that followed before the break. The first coming from midfield with the impressive Blakemore adding 2, then Goudie and Diver also on target.
The team talk at half time was ‘more of the same’, with the emphasis on scoring as many as possible in the hope that it could be vital at the end of the season, should goal difference be a factor.
Blackpool stormed into the second half with 2 quick goals from Hayes inside of 5 minutes, quickly followed by another brace for Alex Diver to join Hayes on a hatrick.
Goudie chipped in to give Blackpool double figures, then individual efforts from Atherton, Crossland, Rayner and Slater added to the 3 more scored by Hayes in the second half took the total to an impressive 17 without reply.
Credit must go to keeper Greenall, who made the step up from the Junior side, and did a great job in goals to keep a clean sheet on his debut. A performance which rightly earned him man of the match.
Blackpool would also like to thank Golborne for the spirit in which the game was played throughout, despite them having only 9 players on the field. A factor which no doubt contributed to the scoreline. However, that should not take any of the shine from Blackpool’s victory, which added a healthy figure to their goal difference. Mission accomplished!
© Sean Lester 02/11/06