Blackpool Men are celebrating their first ever cup win after lifting the Lancashire Trophy thanks to an extra-time golden goal in Preston.
They completed the most dramatic of victories over division three side Mossley Hill, who repeatedly fought back in an 11-goal classic.
Blackpool had made a superb start, leading 2-0 inside ten minutes thanks to Dave Morgan’s goal from a Dan Woodman pass and a fine finish by Steve Whitley.
Shellshocked Mossley Hill gradually found their feet and pulled one back from a short corner.
Blackpool’s third, from Ian Swaine, came via a similar route but again they were pegged back and had to settle for a 3-2 half-time lead.
An open second half saw Blackpool restore their two-goal cushion thanks to Whitley’s second, a shot on the rebound after Swaine’s effort was saved.
Once again Mossley Hill cut the deficit and they equalised from a short corner after Blackpool keeper Nick Rainbow was sin-binned for using his stick outside the area.
Blackpool were determined not to let the game slip and midfielder Kieran Harris dribbled through the middle to make it 5-4 with a shot under the keeper.
But again Mossley refused to lie down, forcing extra-time with their fifth goal.
The extra 15 minutes started with Swaine in the sin-bin but Blackpool held firm.
The next goal would win it and if neither side could find the net a penalty shoot-out would decide who went home with the cup.
Whitley thought he has scored the winner from Morgan’s through pass but play was brought back for an infringement.
But moments later, substitute Simon Thomas dribbled down the left to win a penalty kick which Harris converted with the coolest of heads.
Blackpool had not gone into the final in the best of spirits, having seen their championship hopes dashed with a 5-1 defeat by Lymm the previous day.
Lymm scored early from their only short corner of the first half, and it remained 1-0 at the break despite plenty of Blackpool pressure.
Lymm converted their chances after the break to end Blackpool’s title hopes with three further goals.
To rub salt into Blackpool’s wounds, Lymm’s final goal was scored by the brother of Blackpool player Atish Mistry.
Morgan’s consolation goal, after excellent work by Swaine, was too little and definitely too late.
Blackpool Seconds’ promotion hopes are very much alive after a thrilling 4-3 win over Preston Fifths.
Without a game for two weeks, Blackpool soon found themselves behind but captain Simon Allen equalised after a short corner had been saved.
Blackpool pressed after half-time and took the lead from Simon Thomas’ deflected shot.
Preston soon drew level only for Chris Hocking to put Blackpool 3-2 up from Nathan Woodman’s well disguised pass.
Blackpool thought they had sealed the game when David Wright scored the fourth but they were left hanging on for victory after Preston made it 4-3 with a thick-edge shot.
*Lytham Ladies were edged out 4-3 by league leaders Springfields UCLAN Seconds in a quality contest.
Third-placed Lytham had led 2-0 after thanks to two Sophia Crawshay goals.
The first followed a neat one-two between Gilly Harrison and Amy Horrocks, who then crossed for Heidi Whitehead to tee up Crawshay for the second.
Despite top-notch defending by Lytham player of the match Heather Cadd, Springs pulled one back just before half-time.
They drew level early in the second half from a penalty corner, but Crawshay’s hat-trick goal put Lytham back in front after a great run by Natasha Singleton.
Springs scrambled another equaliser from a penalty corner and then notched the winner, despite Lytham pressing in the final ten minutes. Charlotte Evans worked hard in midfield.
n Blackpool Ladies were in prime passing form to beat Lytham Seconds 4-1 at King Edward VII & Queen Mary’s School.
Lytham made the brighter start but the visitors soon settled as Anna Clancy forced the keeper into a fine save before Becky Worthington beat three to open the scoring in style.
Blackpool’s star player Christy Martin linked up well with Kandy Chamberlain in midfield and they took control with two Gemma Prestwich goals.
Harley Greene had chances for Lytham and Francesca Beeby confidently pulled one back only for Worthington’s second to cap a fine performance from Blackpool.
Penny Pemberton and Katie Warren worked hard for Lytham as did Georgia Raines on her senior debut.
Blackpool Seconds drew an exciting contest with first division rivals Lancaster Thirds.
Lancaster led at half-time but straight from the restart Amy Partington provided the through pass for player of the match Lauren Harkness to equalise. Blackpool had the better of the play from then on but couldn’t force the winner.
*LYTHAM Men upset the formbook with a 3-2 win at third-placed Leeds in North division one.
The result renews their hopes of avoiding relegation and was just reward for a determined display.
Lytham Seconds had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Carlisle, while the Thirds impressed in holding Ormskirk’s first team to a 3-3 draw.
Tom Lees’ strong play down the right was rewarded with two goals, while Richard Isherwood scored the other and George Aldersley impressed at left-back.
Lytham Fourths couldn’t take their chances against Preston Seconds but didn’t deserve to lose 5-1.
It was only 1-0 at half-time but Preston netted a second within a minute of the restart.
David Gee scored a late consolation goal, having struck a post in the first half, while Dave Cartmell played well in midfield.