Southport v Blackpool RECAP: Updates from the Seasiders' first pre-season friendly

Blackpool begin their pre-season preparations ahead of their Championship return with a friendly against non-league side Southport.

Saturday, 10th July 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th July 2021, 4:55 pm
Haig Avenue is the venue for Blackpool's first summer friendly

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Southport v Blackpool LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 10 July, 2021, 16:51

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It finishes 2-0 at Haig Avenue, thanks to goals from Demetri Mitchell and Shayne Lavery.

Daniel Grimshaw saves superbly with his feet to deny a goal back for Southport. Charlie Oliver was the man with the chance.

Bit of a let-off.

The ball rolls nicely for Josh Bowler at the far post and the winger is in some space, but he can’t control his effort and it rises well over. Should be 3-0.

76 - GOAL BLACKPOOL! (0-2)

It’s a debut goal for Shayne Lavery, as the striker heads home smartly from Josh Bowler’s right-wing cross. The two summer signings combined well there.

Despite being a man down, it’s Pool that are still dictating play. They’re not offering as much of an attacking threat as before though, with Shayne Lavery now having to lead the line on his own.

Sonny Carey, signed from Kings Lynn Town, has just stung the gloves of Mason with a rasping long-range strike.

Pool are currently playing with a man less. Kevin Stewart has taken his seat in the dugout and appears unable to continue.

The Seasiders have already made 11 changes and it seems they’re not being permitted to bring a player on who featured in the first-half.

Kevin Stewart is forced off with a knock and can’t continue. Pool have already made all 11 changes, so they’re left with a headache...

It’s almost a debut goal for Shayne Lavery, but his clever flick is superbly saved by keeper Cameron Mason. The ball nearly rolls into the bottom corner, but it bobbles the wrong side of the post instead.

The chance followed some sterling play from Keshi Anderson over on the left flank. The midfielder has been a real threat since coming on.

A Blackpool corner falls kindly for James Husband a few yards from goal, but he can’t quite scramble the ball over the line. Instead it’s cleared behind for a second straight corner.

A flowing move from left to right involving a number of Pool players eventually ends with a Southport man making an interception. Otherwise that would have been a lovely goal.

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