AFC Blackpool 2 West Allotment Celtic 3: Visitors fight back to claim friendly victory

AFC Blackpool suffered their second defeat of pre-season on Saturday.

Sunday, 25th July 2021, 4:45 pm

West Allotment had the first opportunity of the game from a corner on seven minutes but it was headed high and wide.

They saw another effort dragged wide of goal before AFC earned a free-kick in a dangerous area.

Skipper Adam Sumner whipped an unstoppable strike into the top corner to give his side the lead.

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Ryan McLean scores AFC Blackpool's second goal Picture: Adam Gee

AFC took control after that with Carnan Dawson creating a chance for a trialist, whose effort was blocked, before Sumner sent another free-kick wide – albeit from a more acute angle.

Then, on the 20-minute mark, West Allotment tried to play out from the back but AFC’s high press was too much for them.

Ryan McLean retrieved the ball, found himself one-on-one with the keeper and slotted home to make it 2-0.

AFC’s trialist sent a half-volley over the bar and Kyle White’s shot was saved before West Allotment pulled one back.

With half-time looming, they were awarded a penalty and although Dan Hall saved the spot-kick, the rebound was converted.

Trailing 2-1 at the break, the visitors pulled level early in the second half.

The ball was played to a man in an offside position, and with the flag raised, AFC’s defenders stopped but another player ran in and took the ball around Hall before tapping home to make it 2-2.

Hall was forced into some exceptional saves to keep the scores level but, with 20 minutes to go, the away side was awarded a second spot-kick.

On this occasion, Hall was sent the wrong way from 12 yards as West Allotment took a 3-2 lead.

AFC were unable to claw their way back but they still got more minutes into their legs ahead of Saturday’s first league game at Ashton Town.

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