Seasiders Get Another Game Under Their Belts
The Seasiders got another pre-season win under their belts on Thursday evening as they comfortably beat Evo-Stik Northern Premier outfit Witton Albion and The Help for Heroes Stadium at Wincham Park.
All three goals came in the second-half with Thomas Ince, Tom Barkhuizen and Craig Cathcart all finding the back of the net.
Bobby Grant was handed his debut just a couple of hours after signing a two-year deal with the Club and looked lively in the opening exchanges, often drifting in from his right-wing forward position and showing plenty of confidence.
Thomas Ince had the first real chance for The Seasiders, but his curling free-kick from 25 yards out was well saved by Matt Cooper in the Witton goal.
Ince nearly broke the deadlock later in the half too when he fired the ball across goal from an acute angle, only for it to somehow evade everyone and go behind for a goal-kick.
Just before the interval the debutant Grant showed a clever bit of skill to get away from two players before seeing his fiercely struck shot saved by Cooper’s legs.
With the scores level at half-time, a quick counter-attack immediately after the break from The Seasiders nearly caught out Witton, but Ince’s shot from the right went inches wide of the far post.
Just before the hour-mark Cathcart had a shot cleared off the line after a well-worked corner was not dealt with, before Grant then saw his shot from the edge of the box cleared away by the swinging boot of the defender Ben Harrison.
Isaiah Osbourne and Bob Harris came on after 60 minutes and it was the latter who showed good attacking presence to release Grant down to the left byline; the 23-year-old then chipped the ball to the far post and as the keeper attempted to clear the ball away he could only push it into Ince who didn’t know much about it as the ball bounced into the empty net.
Blackpool made several changes then, with James Caton, Louis Almond, Alberton Noguera and Tom Barkhuizen coming on.
Two of the substitutes combined almost immediately with Almond sending over a whipped cross with the outside of his right boot leaving Barkhuizen with a simple task of nodding the ball in at the back post.
Shortly after, Cathcart got his name on the score sheet when he tapped in Noguera’s low cross to make it 3-0.
Several more chances came and went for Paul Ince’s men as the hosts began to tire in the latter stages of the game, but they held out, meaning Blackpool had to settle for three.