Blackpool Sea Eagles RL 50, Chorley Panthers 12
Sea Eagles earned Lancashire bragging rights with this comprehensive derby win.
There were debuts for Tom Fox, Andi Morgan and Gordon Stuteley as Blackpool fielded probably their strongest side of the season in the RL Conferene North-West division.
The match began at breakneck pace, with tight defence on show from both sides until the Panthers capitalised on back-to-back penalties to score the opening try.
However, this would be the only time Chorley led and the Sea Eagles quickly hit back as excellent runs from Ste Galvin and Antony Clark paved the way for centre Wayne Dollin to score a well-crafted try.
Dean Dollin’s conversion gave the home side a lead they would never surrender.
Minutes later, second row Gary McLoughlin snapped up Phil Mitchell’s teasing grubber to score, then straight from the restart loose forward Danny Gee powered over following strong runs by Scott Dollin and David Frodsham.
Blackpool’s purple patch continued as McLoughlin’s superb long ball produced a try for centre Anton Garcia.
Two more Dean Dollin conversions made the half-time score 22-4.
Silly infringements saw Blackpool concede a second try shortly after the restart, but this was only a temporary blip as McLoughlin ploughed through for his second try after prowerful runs from Tom Sanderson and Scott Dollin.
Stand-off Dean Dollin scored a superb individual try, regathering his own chip and rounding the full-back, and as Blackpool threatened to score with every attack, Frodsham raced clear to a touchdown after strong carries from Garcia and Clark.
Quick handling led to a second try for Wayne Dollin, which the centre converted himself, before the visitors’ fighting spirit was rewarded with a third try, again unconverted.
In the dying moments, Dean Dollin danced through a tired defence for his second try before bringing up the half-century with his sixth conversion. The ever-dangerous half-back’s 20-point tally saw him named man of the match.
The Sea Eagles’ next match is away to Cadishead Rhinos on Saturday week.