Blackpool went from adequate to worse on Saturday to go down 5 goals to a university side who had never played hockey together before.
Despite most of the team turning up with less than 5 minutes to go before the whistle after a 2.5 hour drive, Blackpool started brightly for the first 10 minutes hassling the Bangor defence but nothing could be converted. Bangor reverted to their old style of play of long balls down the pitch going nowhere.
Bangor then turned into a different team as Blackpool lost their way. A harsh decision in the centre of the field released the home side to score. A few minutes later a long ball from an empty midfield to the right half and a swift shot off the right hand post made it 2-0. Blackpool struggled for the remainder of the half, only creating semi-chances after Wright came on the field.
The second half once again started well for Blackpool, getting more time in the D and more short corners which could not be converted. Bangor were quick to break however and scored three further goals in the second half.
Overall, Blackpool were poor particularly on the left side of field and up front where there was very little movement for anything to be created. They face a tough side next week and will have to raise their game or look long and hard on how things can be, if at all, improved before Christmas.
(c) Joe Boniface 8/10/07