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Grant On Target In Draw

20 July 2013

Striker Opens Account Against York City

Blackpool had to settle for a draw in their fourth first team friendly of the summer as they drew 1-1 at York’s Bootham Crescent.

Bobby Grant got his first goal for the Club in front of a crowd of 1,510, of which 327 were made the trip from the Fylde coast.

The Seasiders dominated for the majority of the opening period, but had nothing to show for it come the interval.

James Caton started on the left of the front three and his trickery and low cross created a chance for Bobby Grant only for Michael Ingham to pull off an instinctive save at point blank range.

Around ten minutes later Nathan Eccleston cut in from the left and fired a low shot at goal with his right foot, but Ingham was again equal to what The Seasiders had to offer.

Eccleston was then at the heart of the play as he latched onto Craig Cathcart’s through ball; the striker again cut in onto his favoured right foot but Ingham saved his tame effort.

Ten minutes before half-time Cathcart sent a bullet header towards the top corner from Thomas Ince’s right-wing corner, but a York defender managed to get his head to the ball and divert it over the bar.

Just the one change was made at the break with Gary MacKenzie coming on in place of Kirk Broadfoot. A host of changes were then made throughout the half but not before two goals in the space of a minute.

First it was York who took the lead when Michael Coulson found space 20 yards out and hit a low drive into the bottom corner as Gilks could only get a hand to the ball.

Almost immediately The Seasiders responded as Bobby Grant netted his first in a Blackpool shirt.

He rose highest to send a bullet header into the corner past the helpless Chris Kettings after an inch-perfect cross from Caton.

Shortly after Ince had a free-kick from 30 yards, which looked to be dipping into the corner, but the man on-loan from Blackpool in the York goal was equal to the shot.

The Seasiders continued to enjoy large amounts of possession but didn’t really threaten the goal of The Minstermen as Ince brought on plenty of fresh legs ahead of another friendly at Bury on Tuesday night.

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