Match report: AFC Blackpool 3 Nostell Miners Welfare 1

AFC Blackpool were comfortable winners on Saturday
AFC Blackpool were comfortable winners on Saturday

For the first time since the 2013-14 season, AFC Blackpool won a Buildbase FA Vase tie on Saturday, beating Nostell Miners Welfare 3-1 to reach the second qualifying round.

There were two changes to the side that beat Carlisle City 3-0 on Monday, Jack Taylor coming in at right-back with Martin Baird dropping down to the bench, and with midfielder Ben Fishwick suspended, Mike Hall was back in the starting XI.

The early exchanges in this cup tie were dominated by the visitors, who had much of the play, although they could not manage to open the scoring.

AFC gradually got into the game and a strike from Ben Duffield was well saved by Nostell keeper Matty Brooke.

Kai Hancock had a chance for Nostell but his shot went over the bar as it remained goalless at the break.

Six minutes into the second half and AFC took the lead as the ball rebounded off the post from a free-kick and Duffield tapped the ball past Brooke.

The Welfare were soon level when they were awarded a penalty and Hancock stepped up to slot the ball home past Alex Cameron in the 58th minute.

Four minutes later and AFC were back in the lead again with Duffield volleying home his second.

They managed to contain the Welfare defence with the back four again standing firm as they did against Carlisle City last Monday.

Then, with just four minutes remaining, AFC were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out and Carnan Dawson curled the ball home into the top corner and set up a second qualifying round tie against Swallownest a week on Saturday, September 15.

This Saturday brings another cup game with a First Division Cup tie at Westhoughton Town.

AFC Blackpool: Cameron, Taylor, Betteridge, Vaughan, A Pickering, D Pickering, Dickson, Hall, Duffield, Bishop, Dawson. Subs: Baird, Bradley, Finlayson, Caunce, Thomason.