Three wins on the spin for AFC Blackpool

Squires Gate's Saydou Bamba goes down under a challenge at Runcorn Town.
Squires Gate's Saydou Bamba goes down under a challenge at Runcorn Town.
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AFC Blackpool are ending their North West Counties League season in style.

Last night’s 2-1 home win over AFC Liverpool was their third in succession in the premier division.

Manager Stuart Parker is targeting a top 10 finish and James Walker’s first minute goal gave his side the perfect start.

Francis Barry equalised on the stroke of half-time but Martin Baird netted the winner after 65 minutes.

It was a bad night for neighbouring Squires Gate, who find themselves back in the drop zone after relegation rivals St Helens Town defeated Norton 3-1.

Gate had done themselves no favours on Monday with a 5-0 hammering at title-chasing Runcorn Town.

It looked like being a humiliating night for Dave McCann’s side as the hosts netted their fifth just three minutes into the second half, but Gate at least stood firm for the remainder of the game.

However, their first-half errors had been mercilessly punished as Phil Howard opened the scoring after 15 minutes, paving the way for goals by Stuart Wellstead (22), Rob Whyte (28) and Paul Shanley (42) before the interval.

The victory lifted Runcorn, who declared after Shanley’s second early in the second half, within a point of leaders Padiham with four to play.

It won’t get any easier for Gate tomorrow, when they visit another promotion-chasing side in third-placed Maine Road (7.45pm).