City just too slick

Nick Slater and the Blackburn keeper
Nick Slater and the Blackburn keeper
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City of Manchester Seconds showed why they are leaders of North West Three North with a 2-1 win over Blackpool men at Belle Vue.

Manchester dominated possession and chances early on as Blackpool struggled on the damp surface.

The home side applied constant pressure but it took a penalty corner to break the deadlock after 20 minutes.

Blackpool’s passing and movement improved as the pitch began to dry and they controlled the rest of the first half without managing an equaliser.

Manchester were content to hold on to their lead in the second half, though Blackpool equalised when former Manchester player Ian Swaine fired a shot on the turn into the roof of the net.

Both sides pressed for a winner and Manchester scored it with a swift counter-attack from a Blackpool corner with under five minutes left.

Blackpool Seconds regained second place in five north north with a 5-2 win over promotion rivals Blackburn Northern Seconds.

Blackpool got off to the perfect start when Jordan Payne slotted home at the back post inside a minute.

Josh Boyne scored for the second game running to double the lead from Matthew Atherton’s ball into the area.

Despite Blackpool’s dominance, Blackburn scored to make it 2-1 at half-time.

The two-goal lead was restored when Martin Hayes realeased Boyne, who slotted home his second.

Blackpool made it four when leading scorer Hayes deflected in a Jordan Payne shot from close range.

Payne rounded the keeper only to see his shot hit a foot on the line, and man of the match Nathan Woodman placed the resulting penalty in the top right corner.

Blackburn grabbed a late consolation from a penalty flick.

Blackpool Thirds lost a hard-fought Stanley Park contest 2-0 to Southport Fourths in division six north north. Southport scored either side of half-time and were worthy winners as both sides gave opportunities to younger players in the respective squads.