BLACKPOOL Men were given another tough game by Oxton but came through 3-2, much to the relief of the unlucky Pete Latimer who conceded two penalties.
The visitors attacked with gusto early on at Stanley Park but were given a lesson in clinical finishing from short corners, first by Ian Swaine and soon afterwards by Steve Whitley, who scored after Dave Morgan’s shot hit a post.
Oxton pulled one back after some Blackpool players stopped on hearing a whistle – unfortunately it came from the ladies’ match on the neighbouring pitch
A dribble down the right by man of the match Dan Woodman resulted in another short corner, from which Kieran Harris made it 3-1 at half-time with an unstoppable drag flick.
Oxton got right back into the game with a penalty, after a shot hit Latimer’s foot on the line.
A second penalty followed for the same reason but this time Oxton fluffed it and Nick Rainbow saved with his legs.
Defences stood firm from that point but Blackpool still lost the league leadership to Lymm, whose 9-0 thrashing of Southport sent them top on goal differernce.
Blackpool Thirds only travelled to with ten men but emerged with a 1-0 win after Keswick West Cumbria leant them a player. Captain and man of the match Alex Diver scored the only goal.
n THE prolific Gemma Trickett scored another five goals in Lytham Ladies’ 7-0 win at Preston Thirds
They were ahead within ten minutes as Liz Thorpe swept in Natasha Singleton’s cross.
Preston fought valiantly but to keep Lytham out for the rest of the half, but the visitors’ excellent passing was rewarded when Charlotte Evans’ free hit was deflected in by Trickett.
More good play by Thorpe led to Trickett’ scoring her second with a reverse stick sweep.
Gemma Holderness and Hazel Cockerill defended well and a fine run by Gilly Harrison resulted in Trickett’s hat-trick strike.
Thorpe teed up another for Trickett, who scored her fifth following another fine run by Singleton, who lifted the ball over the outstanding Preston keeper for the final goal. Kate Gledhill controlled the midfield to be named player of the match.
Harley Greene was Lytham Seconds’ hat-trick hero as they sealed their first win of the season against Southport’s senior side.
With Vicki Nickson and Katie Warren controlling the midfield, Lytham had a goal disallowed before Greene opened the scoring with a reverse stick shot.
Despite good movement by Holly Monterio and Alix Townsend down the left, it remained 1-0 at half-time.
The goals came thick and fast in the second half, when Greene’s second followed good work by Heidi Williams only for Southport to hit back and take a 3-2 lead.
Greene’s third reverse-stick goal levelled the scores, then Lydia Wright went close before Hannah Travis fired the winner from the top of the D with seconds remaining.
Lytham Thirds could count themselves unlucky to lose 4-2 at Lancaster, where midfielder Lucy Whalley, right-back Bella Kenworthy and debutant Nicky Marlton-Thomas all impressed.
Grace Reddy opened the scoring but Lancaster were level by half-time.
Whalley restored Lytham’s lead but the home side hit back strongly, netting the winner from a short corner in the dying seconds.
n Lytham Men recovered from the shock of conceding three in the first five minutes to win 6-4 away to Newcastle University, while the Seconds edged out Northop Hall 3-2.
Lytham Thirds had to settle for a 3-3 draw away to Cheetham Hill’s first team despite playing against nine men for most of the second half.
However, Phil Hope and Tom McLaren were excellent in a promising team display.
Lytham Fourths lost their bottom of the table clash 4-1 to West Derby Seconds, who scored three in the second half.
Dave Gee scored Lytham’s goal and Simon Long impressed in his new role up front.
n AN OUTSTANDING display by Blackpool Ladies’s Seconds earned them a 5-1 win over their Chorley and Leyland counterparts.
Gemma Prestwich opened the scoring early on and Samantha Wilde dummied past the keeper to make it 2-0.
Chorley pulled one back from a penalty corner only for Wilde and Prestwich to each net a second.
Katie Barker completed the scoring and Amy Partington was the Blackpool’s player of the match.