Blackpool maintains club’s perfect start

Blackpool's Dave Morgan
Blackpool's Dave Morgan
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Blackpool men maintained their 100 per cent start in North West division three with a 9-2 victory over Neston South Wirral Seconds.

They were two up after five minutes as James Slater flicked the ball over the keeper and then Steve Whitley scored from Ian Swaine’s pass.

Blackpool continued to press and a strong run by Mariano de la Lastra paved the way for the third, slotted home by Dave Morgan.

Morgan then set up the fourth for Swaine, who was then sin-binned for dissent.

Blackpool scored two more while down to ten men, a second for Morgan and a debut goal by Rob Dingle which made it 6-0 at half-time.

Neston started the second half strongly and pulled two goals back, though Peter Latimer was unlucky not to prevent the first after making a block.

Blackpool regained control and Morgan set up Mike Thom for two goals before Kieran Harris’ fine midfield play was rewarded with a well-taken goal from Slater’s cross.

Blackpool Seconds bounced back from their loss to Bury with a 4-0 victory at Didsbury Northern Fifths.

Chris Hocking found the bottom corner to open the scoring on a wet pitch and good goalkeeping by Graeme Kilshaw protected the lead until half-time. Kilshaw continued to be tested after the interval but the turning point was the dismissal of a Didsbury player for a nasty tackle on Nathan Woodman.

Woodman then linked up with fellow forward Chris Hocking to enable right-back Matt Atherton to double the lead.

Substitute Jordan Payne made a big impact, setting up the third for Woodman before completing the scoring himself after a neat one-two with Hocking.

Blackpool Thirds showed promise in their 6-0 defeat by league newcomers Kirkby Lonsdale.

n THE season’s first premier division derby between Lytham Ladies’ two senior sides went the way of the first XI 5-0.

Second team defenders Jenny Malings and Helen Muschamp kept the first team attackers at bay for a while, and Sophia Crawshay’s excellent runs posed problems for the firsts, whose keeper Clare Turner had to make some outstanding saves.

Gilly Harrison and Danni Bamber ran strongly for the firsts, who led 3-0 at half-time thanks to two Harrison goals and one by Gemma Trickett, despite good goalkeeping by Eleni Cullen.

As Bronte Edgar and Vicki Nickson attacked strongly, the seconds were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. However, Amy Horrocks pulled off some top tackles for the firsts, who added goals from Bamber and Heidi Williams.

Lytham Thirds were beaten 7-1 by Fulwood’s senior side.

Lytham St Annes Men also conceded seven, failing to reply against Didsbury Northern.

Didsbury had the edge from the off, though Tom Atkinson and Louis Weir did carve out some chances only to be denied by excellent goalkeeping.

LSA Seconds recorded back-to-back victories with a 5-0 success at Bramhall Seconds but they remain the only Lytham team to have won this season.

The thirds lost 4-2 to Golborne’s senior side, while the fourths went down 3-1 at Liverpool University Seconds. The latter hit back well after trailing 3-0 inside half an hour, Simon Long scoring the second-half consolation. Midfielder Richard Sutton and defender Rob Davies caught the eye, as did debutant Harry Davies.

n Blackpool Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season, 2-1 against Garstang.

They started well but it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the first half.

Garstang increased their lead early in the second but Blackpool began to increase the pressure, with player of the match Lauren Burrell creative in midfield.

Their perseverance paid off as captain Kandy Cardwell passed for Maria Chiczewski to score with a first-time shot.

However, some outstanding saves denied Blackpool an equaliser as Garstang held on.

Blackpool Seconds also encountered a keeper in top form at Lancaster University, where a strong home side led 2-0 at the break.

Sophie Thomas pulled one back from a short corner but, like the senior side, they couldn’t beat an outstanding keeper for a second time, resulting in another 2-1 defeat. Blackpool keeper Beckie Brookes was also in fine form, sharing player of the match honours with midfielder Shona MacPherson.

Blackpool Thirds lost 6-2 to Southport Seconds, who led 5-0 at half-time. They hit back with goals from Brittany Wiseman and Hope Kneale-Kaye, though Southport had the final say. Becky Vale was outstanding for Blackpool, with Mairead Lucas impressive too.