Blackpool travelled to Cockermouth for their first league game of the season after several poor friendly results.
And the way they started, it appeared this vein was to continue. From the off the Blackpool defence were under extreme pressure from all angles and this resulted in a very early scrappy goal for the home side. What balls Blackpool could try to thread up the flanks were efficiently collected by the opposition and sent back down again, the team were just not working as a unit.
A second goal followed after Blackpool did all they apparently could to stem the flow of attack when Cockermouth pushed forward overwhelming midfield and the defence once more.
At half time it was looking bleak for Blackpool.
Something happened during the break, this reporter is not sure yet, but something happened.
A switch between Blacow and Ashfield saw the flanks open right up. Blackpool continually penetrated the opposition half, something they had previously failed to do with any conviction. Any scent of attack from Cockermouth was swiftly dealt with by the defence.
Then the Tangerines got it right. Quick passing between the midfield and forwards around the defence saw Morgan hit the backboard.
It was 2-1.
Wary of the way Cockermouth had pressed forward with such relish in the first half, the Blackpool defence held solid for the next 15 minutes then a second, almost identical goal was scored. The Cockermouth squad seemingly cemented where they stood – this really was training ground hockey.
5 minutes later a third goal was denied after the Blackpool defence challenged an awful tackle before releasing the ball to the Blackpool attack as play was stopped.
Incensed but mildly composed, Blackpool played on for the win, pushing as they had done for 35 minutes. But it was not to happen. Blackpool should be grateful of 1 point after the first half but disappointed not to have got all three after the second.
© Joe Boniface 24/09/07