Blackpool hosted bottom of the table Southport on Saturday below a blue sky with a fresh wind and were disappointment to only come away with a two all draw.
Blackpool started off the stronger side, looking to penetrate the opposition D but with very little to show for it, Ollie Thomlinson, Will Pickles and Harrison Stott playing well with quick intelligent passing.
However, it was Southport who turned the tide with a period of pressure testing the defence of Stan Morrison, Joe Boniface, Kieran Ablett and Andy Mortimer. A hopeful long ball ricocheting off a Southport stick to the lone striker who smartly scored the opener from the right hand side.
The second half was a different game altogether. If the first half saw Blackpool play with little organisation and lack of a passing game, then every player was not going to be accepting of the score in the second half. Right from the off, Blackpool played with a renew vigour with central midfielders Rob Pasqualino linking up well to allow Niall Bancroft a shot on target. This vain continued with man of the match Adam George coming close on a number of occasions from a well worked short corner routine. A penalty flick was awarded when a defender was judged to have pushed the ball of the line with his hand, Andy Mortimer stepping up to level the scores.
Keeper Graeme Kilshaw had very little to do however made the requisite saves when tested to keep Blackpool in the game. Further pressure on the Southport defence led to an excellent individual goal by Chris Hocking to eventually take the lead.
Going behind, Southport had nothing to lose and pressed forward with minutes on the clock. A flurry of activity in Blackpool’s own D led to a short corner to the visitors who scored with seconds to go to level the final score at 2-2.