Three beat hockey freeze

Deb Hillier-Dell

Deb Hillier-Dell

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LEAGUE hockey literally went into cold storage as the season ended on a freezing note, though three Blackpool teams did manage to play their final fixtures on the last day.

Blackpool Men’s North West three north clash with champions Windermere was among those called off but the second team went out with a bang, defeating Brooklands Fifths 8-0 in division five north.

After an up and down season, the team were smarting from the previous week’s 12-1 defeat and Rob Pasqualino scored a hat-trick from short corners.

Martin Hayes grabbed two goals, ending the season as top scorer, as did debutant Ian Porter. Josh Payne scored the other.

The only Blackpool player not to enjoy the match was goalkeeper Graeme Kilshaw, who saw so little action that he was close to frostbite in the biting wind and icy snow showers!

Blackpool Thirds ended their campaign at home to Bury Seconds, the champions of division eight.

The 6-3 defeat was a big improvement on the 13-0 scoreline when the teams met on the opening day.

Bury went three ahead but an own goal brought Blackpool back into the match by half-time. The visitors scored next only for student Ben Mortimer to make it 4-2.

The next goal was crucial and Bury scored it midway through the half. Nathan Woodman scored Blackpool’s final goal of the campaign.

Blackpool Thirds faced their Longridge counterparts in Lancashire Central division three after the home side had cleared the pitch of snow.

Despite the freezing wind, Blackpool had most of the play in the first half, with Deb Hillier-Dell strong in defence and pushing forward. Keeper Jordan Denny made a couple of fine saves.

Against the wind and snow in the second half, Blackpool continued to play well as player of the match Sophie Wilcock and Lauren Harkness tested the resolute Longridge defence.

However, the home side scored the only goal against the run of play with five minutes left.