5-3 Victory Over Wrexham Counterparts
Blackpool Ladies beat Wrexham 5-3 in a thrilling game at Collier’s Park on Sunday.
Both teams started the game brightly but it was the home side who took the lead through Hayes on 12 minutes. The Seasiders looked to hit back quickly, with Chrissi Workman firing a free-kick just wide and April Oldfield seeing an effort off target.
Wrexham made it 2-0 after 43 minutes, with Blackpool goalkeeper Steffi Hesketh bringing down Hayes. Foster stepped up and duly doubled the advantage.
But Blackpool pulled a goal back prior to half-time, with good play from Charlotte Gill and Oldfield playing in Reid for a calm finish.
The second-half started with good work from Mariella Hemmingway to pick out found Gill, who then put the ball in for Charlotte Banner to head home an equaliser.
Blackpool dominated in spells and it wasn't long before they went ahead, with Workman providing the cross for Gill to make it 3-2.
Louise Latham made it 4-2 with a close range finish after 64 minutes, while Wrexham had a penalty well saved by Hesketh at the other end.
Wrexham did find the net with 74 minutes on the clock to make it 4–3, but Blackpool continued to press and Francesca Hearty unleashed a great shot to seal the result.
Assistant Head Coach Mac Barlow said:
"It was another great performance from the ladies squad in their preparations for the start of the season. At times we kept the ball well, which is pleasing to see, and their effort and workrate as ever was brilliant. We had many youth players in the squad and it’s fantastic to see them make the transition to adult football, and the way they express themselves.
"Alix Reid was fantastic in midfield for us, Mariella Hemingway settled in well in the centre of defence, Francesca Hearty was another tenacious midfielder who scored a fantastic goal and Lucy Briggs, who's been out of action for two seasons, was excellent. It's fantastic to see these young players come through our youth set-up each year. The ladies’ success will continue for many years and the future is very bright."