Blackpool were looking to bounce back from their defeat to Keswick last week and they did this in some style. Blackpool were raring to go from the off and grabbed the first goal of the game through top scorer Chris Hocking. Blackpool put Preston on the back foot but Preston were resilient at the back and the half looked to be ending 1-0, however just before half time Martin Hayes had other ideas and deflected in a short corner to give Blackpool a 2-0 lead at half time.
Blackpool knew it was vital that they got the next goal but failed to capitalise on chances to really put themselves in the driving seat and Preston scored to make it 2-1. This made it look like a thrilling second half but Blackpool then knocked Preston back with a goal from Rob Pasqualino. With Blackpool bringing plenty of subs they managed to keep themselves fresh and not let Preston tire them out as the game progressed. Preston did have their chances but some great saves from Graeme Kilshaw kept Blackpool in control. With the game still in the balance Martin Hayes tipped it in Blackpool’s favour with a delicate poke past the keeper to make it 4-1. Then to add insult to injury Andy Mortimer powered home an exquisite strike to make it 5-1 to Blackpool. This result was massive for Blackpool who now keep the pressure on the top of the table.
By Phil Taylor