Blackpool 1st team squad travelled to Liverpool Sefton looking to build on last weeks hard fought home win.
Despite the temperature gauge at Liverpool Seftons’ ground indicating a ridiculously hot 29 degrees, Blackpool started quickly, pressurising their opposition into mistakes and keeping them in their own half. A number of chances were created but each time the final shot was lacking.
Finally a cross from Steve Whitley led to a goal mouth scramble, the ball eventually falling to Mike Thom who calmly flicked the ball past the keeper. The second goal quickly followed, some skillful play from the Blackpool midfield and forward Ian Swaine, resulted in a penalty flick being awarded which was expertly executed by Kieran Harris.
Another exquisite Blackpool move led to goal number 3, fast accurate passing and movement across the midfield led to the ball reaching forward Ian Swaine who’s perfectly weighted cross allowed his on rushing strike partner Dave Morgan to easily slot past the keeper.
Credit must go to Sefton, who threatened with some good counter attacks meaning that the Blackpool’s defence of Dingle, Abbott, Woodman and George needed to stay strong, with keeper Rainbow making some vital saves to keep the score at 3 – 0 at half time.
The second half started with the Blackpool piling on the pressure. Blackpool won a short corner and following a slick move, Whitley flicked in his first goal of the game.
Against the run of play, Sefton caught Blackpool on the break with a two on one situation resulting in a goal. This resulted in Blackpool upping their game, winning another short corner from which Morgan scored his second goal of the game with a reverse stick shot, restoring the 4 goal cushion.
At this point Sefton heads seems to drop and Blackpool went in for the kill, with Kieran Harris providing a killer ball for Slater to slot in the 6th goal. Despite Blackpool being down to 10 men due to Harris being sin binned for umpire abuse, Blackpool’s managed to score a 7th goal from another short with some sublime passing movement inside the D allowing Whitley to poach his second goal of the game.
Debutant Mariano de la Lastro made an impact on the game creating a goal for youngster Nathan Woodman who precisely placed goal left the Sefton goal keeper with no chance. The game ended Liverpool Sefton 1 – 8 Blackpool.
Dave Morgan / Nick Rainbow 2011