Blackpool’s Gills trip will be a family affair

Blackpool keeper Joe Lumley
Blackpool keeper Joe Lumley

This weekend’s trip to Gillingham will be something of a local affair for Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lumley.

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The 23-year-old shot stopper, who is on loan until the end of the season from QPR, was born in Harlow and lives within close distance of Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium.

Lumley will be heading down to Kent as part of a Blackpool team that has won its last three games to all but secure their League One status for next season.

This weekend’s opponents are currently 16th in the table, on 52 points, and could do with another win to ensure their safety.

Despite winning just one of their last 11 games, Lumley is expecting Blackpool to be up against it when they take on the Gills tomorrow afternoon.

“We’ve got three tough games to go,” he said. “Gillingham away at the weekend will certainly be tough.

“But I’ve said it before, anyone can beat anyone in this league. We’re capable of beating anyone and we’ve shown it before, beating the likes of Wigan and Portsmouth away from home.

“So we will go to Gillingham to win.

“I don’t mind Gillingham being direct because that’s a big part of my game. I like coming for crosses and clearing up.

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s not too far away from where I live, so I will have a lot of family members there to watch.”

Lumley has just three games left to play before he returns to his parent club QPR.

Since his arrival at Blackpool in January, the shot stopper has impressed by keeping eight clean sheets in the 17 games he has played so far.