Blackpool Men’s First team started their season against local side Preston’s 3rd team, who had finished 22 places below them last season but due to a league restructure both teams now play in Division 3 North.
Any complacency was knocked out of Blackpool when they conceded a goal after five minutes, and they struggled to contain the dynamic Preston midfield play. This led to a defensive rethink and a change of formation which led to no further goals conceded in the rest of the game. Dave Morgan scored the equalizer midway through the half with a booming shot in mid-air despatched into the backboard giving the keeper no hope. With renewed pressure from Blackpool, several short corners were won, and Dave Morgan scored a second from one of these.
The second half started perfectly for Blackpool with a short corner won, and Richard Blacow, in his first league match back with Blackpool after 5 years away with Lytham St Annes, slotted the ball between the keeper and the defender on the post. Minutes later it was deja-vu, with an identical goal from Blacow and the lead was an insurmountable 4-1. Blackpool suffered from a series of injuries, but with two substitutes they managed to keep 11 functioning players on the pitch. Kieran Harris picked up a late goal from a short corner to make the final scoreline 5-1 and placing Blackpool top of the league on goal difference.
© Peter Latimer 30/09/12