It was a tough day for Blackpool second team as they went down 6-0 at Stanley Park to league leaders Leyland and Chorley first team.
Being the only team to beat Leyland last season and both sides gaining promotion together, the two sides have begun life very differently in division four. Leyland already setting the pace for league, began against an organised Blackpool side as both team shared the possession in the opening exchanges until Leyland took the opening goal from a short corner, somewhat against the run of play, much to the annoyance of the home side. Blackpool regrouped and again showed positive signs with yet another changed team from the previous week. However the loss of Jack Boniface who dislocated his shoulder dampened what was otherwise positive half for the young Blackpool side, despite heading into the break 2 -0 down.
A change in formation was shown in the 2nd half as Blackpool looked to be positive as they tried to forge some attacks, only to be met by some excellent challenges from the experienced Leyland side, who hit Blackpool on the break with clinical moves. The visitors upped the tempo to which Blackpool in the main held their own, but with a few mistakes beginning to creep in from an inexperienced side, Leyland were quick to seize upon their opportunities. Their clinical finishing proved too much for the Blackpool defence, as four second half goals were conceded to finish with Leyland the comfortable victors, and looking the stand-out favourites to go on to win the division.
Blackpool did battle hard and showed signs of improvement from previous weeks, with the score-line not reflecting an improved Blackpool performance. The result shows hockey can be a cruel game and how a whistle/deflection or miss-hit can impact a game. Blackpool travel away to mid tabled Southport next week in game the lads are already up for.