Blackpool, having secured promotion and won their cup competition, were far too relaxed at the start of their game against local rivals Lytham.
They conceded an early goal when one of Lytham’s young upcoming players made a fine run down the right flank and bypassed Blackpool’s defence who didn’t seem to be communicating with each other.
Blackpool didn’t panic, but probably assumed they would be ahead by half-time. Despite numerous short corners, they just couldn’t convert any of them, and had to rely on another James Slater tap-in to eventually level the scores.
Lytham could easily have gone ahead, as they caused danger on the counter attack. In fact one of those attacks looked like a certain goal when they managed to elude the rushing goalie Nick Rainbow, only for Pete Latimer to make a desperate headlong dive, sliding across the slippery surface, and nudging the ball away from the striker’s stick much to his surprise.
The play seemed to become even more open in the second half, and it was Lytham who spurned several short corner chances, much to Blackpool’s relief.
Eventually, Blackpool managed a flurry of goals to seal the game. The first came when Pete Latimer crossed a ball to James Slater on the edge of the D who then crossed to the far post for Steve Whitley to convert.
The next came from Steve Whitley’s long corner who found Rob Abbott in space in front of the D, and he then struck the ball hard directly towards the goal, and Ian Swaine cleverly helped the ball on, nutmegging the Lytham keeper in the process.
Ian Swaine then scored the 4th goal with a stunning volley when the ball was bouncing in the D, after good work by Slater and Dave Morgan.
Lytham scored a consolation goal when taking a quick free hit when Blackpool weren’t prepared, and cut the defence to pieces, but it was too late to prevent another Blackpool victory.
MoM – Joe Boniface (and his brother Jack would like it known that he was MoM last week!)
© Peter Latimer 13/3/11