Blackpool are into the third of this season’s Emirates FA Cup thanks to a 3-1 win over Maidstone United.
It was a quiet opening half from both sides, with neither really testing the goalkeepers at either end.
It took 20 minutes before the first half chance. Jake Cole made a really good save, stretching down to his left to tip away a Matty Virtue effort.
Maidstone took an unexpected lead just before the half hour mark thanks to a wonder goal from Saidou Khan. With the ball bouncing around outside the penalty area, it fell kindly to Khan who hit it first time on the volley from 25 yards out. The ball whipped through the air, over Alnwick and into the back of the Blackpool net.
With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Joe Nuttall had a header at goal easily held by Cole in the Maidstone goal.
In truth, the Seasiders struggled to get into the game in the first 45 minutes and the visitors took their slender lead into the half-time break.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Maidstone United 1
Blackpool came out of the traps in the second half and tuned the tie on it’s head, scoring three goals in the opening six minutes.
The equaliser came through an own goal on 47 minutes. Joe Nuttall got to the byline on the right hand side and delivered a cross, with the ball diverted into the goal thanks to a touch from George Elokobi.
Just 60 seconds later, the Seasiders were in front. Sullay Kaikai fed in a lovely cross from the left and there was Nathan Delfouneso to head home.
And Delfouneso wasn’t done there, scoring his second and Blackpool’s third on 50 minutes. A ball was zipped through to Delfouneso, who did so well to dink the ball over the onrushing Jake Cole and into the net to complete a remarkable opening six minutes to the second half.
With 20 minutes remaining, Nuttall had a great chance to get a fourth. Some great play by Sullay Kaikai down the left hand side allowed James Husband the space to feed in a cross on the overlap. The ball in fell kindly to Nuttall, but his tame effort was blocked well by a Maidstone defender.
There was also a moment to remember for 16-year-old academy product, Tony Weston, who was brought on in the final few moments for his debut.
Despite half-chances at either end for the remainder of the match, Blackpool held on to the 3-1 lead and will be in the hat for the third round draw from the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.
Full-Time: Blackpool 3 Maidstone United 1
Team: Alnwick, Edwards, Heneghan, Delfouneso, Spearing, Kaikai, Feeney (Weston, 89’), Virtue (Thompson, 78’), Nuttall, Husband, Macdonald (Turton, 45’).
Substitutes: Howard, Scannell, Tilt, Guy.