Oyston watches on as Pool’s second string beat Morecambe

Blackpool's David Norris
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Karl Oyston attended his first Blackpool game of the season this afternoon as Pool’s reserves beat Morecambe 4-2.

The under fire chairman sat among the small crowd of 84 to watch the first half of the Lancashire Senior Club game at Bloomfield Road.

He saw a fairly strong Seasiders line-up including traillist Martin Paterson who was on the score sheet before being replaced at the break.

Paterson, who has been offered a contract by Neil McDonald, looked sharp and took his goal well before being rested at the break.

Boss McDonald, who watched the game from the bench, named a number of players who have featured for the first team this season, alongside new boy David Norris.

The Seasiders got off to the worst possible start against Morecambe, conceding after just two minutes when veteran Kevin Ellison’s effort squirmed through the arms of keeper Myles Boney.

But as the game went on Blackpool, who gave run outs to Clark Robertson, Charles Dunne and Jarrett Rivers, grew into the game and were soon level.

New boys Norris and Paterson combining before the trial player controlled and finished well.

Blackpool made light work of it after the break, taking the lead when Dunne lept well to power home a header from a Connor Oliver cross on the hour mark.

Moments later it was three when on loan striker Kwame Thomas raced clear to finish neatly, before Oliver stepped up to complete Pool’s scoring with 15 minutes left.

Ellison got his second of the afternoon late on when he fired a free-kick into the roof of the net, but it was too little too late for the Shrimps as Blackpool progress to the next round.

Pool: Boney, Wilson, Robertson, Rivers, Oliver, Paterson (Gregory 45), Thomas, Dunne, Norris (Doyle 70), Samuel, Higham.

Subs not used: Simms, Roscoe, Cato.