Rout is only half the story

Alex Hastie
Alex Hastie

BLACKPOOL Ladies’ 6-0 victory over Springfields Thirds in the Lancashire Central premier division tells only half the story.

Springs had plenty of attacks in a goalless first half, and slow-starting Blackpool were thankful for some excellent goalkeeping from player of the game Sandra Woods.

Blackpool came out at the start of the second half with a mission, and within five minutes had taken the lead when some great passing resulted in Taegan O’Hara scoring the first of her three goals.

Goals came flowing for Blackpool after that, with one each for Meghan Fearn, Georgia Baird (following a tremendous pass through the centre from Alex Hastie) and finally Sophie Thomas. Credit to Springs as they did not give up but fine defending kept them at bay.

Blackpool Seconds were without four regulars due to illness for their visit to Lancaster University to play Lancaster Nomads.

Blackpool started well and had chances but fell behind, and they suffered another injury blow when Victoria Waddington was forced off.

A strong Nomads took advantage and ran out 5-1 winners. Emily Copp scored Blackpool’s goal and was player of the game for her great runs down the left.

There were fine displays from captain Samantha Wilde and defender Laura Buckley.

The Thirds’ home game against their Longridge counterparts was thoroughly entertaining and even.

Longridge opened the scoring early but Blackpool equalised with Kirsty Guest’s first goal for the club.

The second half was just as even and Longridge again took the lead only for Blackpool to draw level minutes later with a hard hit from Beth Ashworth.

Kelly Mae Singleton was player of the game, ably assisted by fellow midfielder Jess Slater and Megan Eccles in defence.