Blackpool men overpowered South Lakes 7-3 in a tough battle in North West Three North.
Mitch Blakemore opened the scoring for Blackpool with a speculative shot from the top of the ‘D’ as Steve Whitley’s presence confused the keeper.
South Lakes hit back to lead 2-1, capitalising on poor marking, only for Blackpool to equalise from an attack down the right.
The unmarked Simon Thomas slotted home a cross by Blakemore after Dave Morgan’s shot felled the Cumbrian goalkeeper.
Blackpool lost experienced defenders Dan Woodman and Pete Latimer to injury but the verstatile Whitley filled in at centre-back and earned the man of the match award .
South Lakes regained the lead from a disputed free hit but Blackpool pulled level again from their first shot corner. Richard Blacow made it 3-3 at half-time after his first shot was parried.
In the second half, Blackpool concentrated on the quick passing game which can make them unplayable at times.
Morgan, the club’s all-time top scorer, went close on many occasions and finally scored from a short corner, firing under the keeper after shots by Blacow and Thomas were blocked.
It was Morgan’s first goal for two months and his 175th in the competition, moving him up to fourth in the all-time scorers’ charts for the North West Hockey League.
Blackpool were now on the ascendancy and stretched their lead with a Blacow drag-flick to maintain their 100 per cent scoring record from penalty corners. Blacow is now the season’s top scorer with eight.
James Slater’s speed and crosses from the right continued to cause problems but Morgan fired a gift-wrapped opportunity wide.
However, he made amends when his mis-hit cross sneaked past the keeper and in at his near post.
Blackpool ended the match with a great flowing move as Whitley released Slater down the right wing with a quick free hit.
Whitley was involved again before Blakemore offloaded for Thomas to complete the scoring, flying in from the left wing. The victory keeps Blackpool fourth in the table.
Blackpool Seconds went down 4-2 at third-placed Blackburn Northern in Five North despite two goals from their top scorer, Nathan Woodman.
Blackpool Thirds had the perfect start against their Lymm counterparts in Eight North as captain Alex Diver’s shot from outside the ‘D’ was deflected in for an own-goal.
Andy Mortimer doubled the lead from a short corner but Lymm hit back to earn a 2-2 draw.
Ollie Tomlinson, Sam Robinson and Ciaran Johnson were the three stand-out performers on the day for Blackpool Thirds.