Blackpool were without three of their regulars, with Blakemore & Crossland called up to the 1st team for their trip to Bangor, and Goudie chasing girls in Newcastle. However Kieron Morrow was able to make his way back from the Brewery awards night in Leeds, for the 2pm start time, having ruled himself out of the 9am meet for the 1sts.
Morrow took over the role of Blakemore in the centre, partnering Lester in Goudie’s usual role, and so the balance of the team wasn’t too disrupted. Blackpool started much the stronger and dominated possession, but found it hard to convert chances.
Eventually Paul Atherton opened the scoring to his obvious delight. Minutes later striker Hayes scored the second, and it felt that the floodgates might then open, but it was not to be with the scoreline remaining at 2-0 at half-time.
Blackpool expected to pile on the misery to a Didsbury team who had only travelled with 10 men, but they are made of stern stuff in that part of Manchester. A few defensive lapses encouraged the Didsbury attack, and several dubious short corners were awarded. From one of these, a direct strike from the top D went past the defender on the post, leaving Didsbury just one goal behind in the match.
Gradually Blackpool got themselves back in control, and started their impressive passing game, using the full width of the pitch. Morrow controlled the midfield, and eventually he scored the third goal, to the relief of the team, who knew nothing less than a win would be sufficient in their push for promotion.
The final whistle blew just as a short corner had been awarded to the home team. Up stepped big Nick Walker from the defence, who had been hitting free hits the length of the pitch all day, and so with a clean strike there was only one place the ball was going, into the back of the goal to make the final score 4-1.