Seasiders Draw Penultimate Pre-Season Friendly
Blackpool drew 1-1 for the second time in pre-season as Kirk Broadfoot's early second-half header proved not to be enough to secure a win for The Seasiders at Gigg Lane.
Alex Rae and Steve Thompson were put in charge of first team affairs for the game with Paul Ince being in Portugal for a few days and
With 15 minutes on the clock the first real chance of the game arrived in the form of a free-kick after Bobby Grant was brought down around 25 yards out, just right of centre.
His fellow namesake Bob Harris stepped up only to see his well hit effort clip the top of the wall and fly away for a corner.
Five minutes later Chris Basham tried his luck from 35 yards after seeing Trevor Carson off his line but the keeper got back in time to make a comfortable save.
Some good football from Blackpool's midfield trio of Angel Martinez, Isaiah Osbourne and Barry Ferguson resulted in Bobby Grant cutting in from the right and firing one over from 20 yards on the angle.
The chances kept coming for the visitors with the next falling to Nathan Eccleston.
James Caton's fierce shot was too hot to handle for Carson but Eccleston could only head the rebound wide from eight yards; a chance that he will be glad to have missed in a pre-season game as opposed to a league match.
HALF-TIME: BURY 0-0 BLACKPOOL
Ten minutes into the second period and Broadfoot opened the scoring with a bullet header from Bobby Grant's driven left-wing corner.
The keeper got a hand to the ball, but there was never any danger as to where the ball was ending up.
GOAL: Bury 0-1 BLACKPOOL
Rae and Thompson rung the changes after the goal introducing the likes of Craig Cathcart, Tom Barkhuizen, Liam Tomsett and Jake Caprice entering the park.
The game lacked rhythm for a period after the changes were made, before The Seasiders started to knock the ball around and keep possession.
With their first chance of the half the home side equalised as Broadfoot lost possession near his own corner flag depsite seemingly being fouled, play continued and the ball was pulled back to John Rooney who made no mistake from eight yards out to roll the ball home.
GOAL: BURY 1-1 Blackpool
The goal came completely against the run of play but it will not take away from the fact that it is another game under the belts of the players ahead of the new season, which gets underway on 3 August.