The Gate escape

Blackpool striker Niall Cummins is challenged by Tom Bartlett.
Blackpool striker Niall Cummins is challenged by Tom Bartlett.
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Gate halted their Blackpool rivals’ five-match winning run with a thrilling comeback in last night’s Lancashire Challenge Trophy derby at Common Edge.

Two down at half-time, Gate hit back to win the first round tie with two goals in three minutes as time ran out.

Ben Waddington, who scored Saturday’s winner against Colne, made it three goals in two games and put Blackpool in the driving seat with strikes on five and 32 minutes.

But two-goal Ben Fishwick launched the Gate comeback ten minutes after the restart and netted the winner in the 88th minute, shortly after Andy Richards had equalised for Russ McKenna’s side.