Blackpool Men’s First team travelled the short distance round the coast to play at the King Edwards pitch on a lovely sunny autumnal day. They dominated the game from the off and despite playing as a defensive midfielder Simon Thomas scored the first two Blackpool goals. The first was a breakaway down the left, which he hit with force as soon as he entered the D and it zipped into the far corner of the goal. The second was almost identical except Thomas used his reverse stick to strike most impressively. The club’s veteran top scorer Dave Morgan scored the third after good work by Steve Whitley on the right. Thomas almost scored his hat-trick but his strike was saved and Ian Swaine was able to despatch the rebound.
The goals continued in the second half, and Morgan was the beneficiary of a classic Blackpool passing move, started by Chris Hocking to James Slater on the right wing who passed inside to Steve Whitley who then returned the favour for Slater to give the final assist to Morgan, who made no mistake in front of goal. With so much pressure Blackpool won many penalty corners in both halves, but squandered most of them. They finally scored through ex-Lytham player Rob Dingle pouncing on the initial save from Morgan’s shot, and flicking it over the prone keeper. Whitley was continually fouled by the young right back marking him, but that didn’t deter him from attacking down that left flank, and he able to feed* Swaine for his second goal, and the last of the game.
© Peter Latimer 7/10/12
* it was actually Dave Morgan who supplied a “sublime” pass for that last goal [the writer extends his sincere apologies to Mr Morgan for the distress caused by this factual error, and for it being repeated in print by the Blackpool Gazette]