Blackpool Men’s firsts couldn’t hold on to their half time lead against an impressive Brooklands thirds outfit, slipping to a 3-2 loss at Stanley Park.
With yet more selection headaches for Nick Rainbow due to player unavailability, Blackpool called up Ollie Tomlinson for his first team debut, and he couldn’t have picked a trickier game. A good blend of youth and experience from Brooklands combined with unfamiliar tactics to the home side, allowed them to dominate the opening twenty minutes, and took the lead through an impressive drag flick at a penalty corner.
Blackpool worked hard to combat their opponents movement, and eventually clawed their way back into the match, lucky to be only one goal down. A counter attack down the right flank brought an equaliser as Tomlinson found himself unmarked in acres of space at the top of the area. With the Brooklands goalkeeper already committed, the youngster swept hard towards goal and bagged a maiden goal after being on the pitch for less than five minutes.
Five minutes later Tomlinson had to pinch himself as his unorthodox touch between his legs sent the ball goal-bound, spinning away from sprawling defenders sticks to trickle over the line.
At half time Blackpool were fortunate to have a slender lead, but Brooklands came out of the blocks hard in the second half.
After a tense fifteen minutes, Blackpool gave away possession in their own half leading to a fairly simple goal for the Brooklands attack. The visitors thought they had taken the lead with another precision drag-flick, only for it to be ruled out for the ball not leaving the area from the penalty corner. However, they made sure not to make the same mistake twice and with ten minutes to go, they converted another penalty corner to take the lead.
Blackpool pushed hard for an equaliser, but couldn’t find the final ball on a number of occasions leaving the home side frustrated, but well beaten by one of the strongest outfits in the division.