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Seasiders Held By Shrimps

13 July 2013

Behind Closed Doors Friendly Ends All Square

The Seasiders drew 1-1 in a behind closed doors friendly against Morecambe earlier on with plenty of the first team getting a run out on a glorious afternoon at Squires Gate.

Thomas Ince got Blackpool's goal from the penalty spot after he had previously latched onto Nathan Eccleston's clever through-ball, only to be brought down by the Morecambe keeper.

The 21-year-old dusted himself down and chipped the ball home with the goalkeeper having already committed himself.

The opener came just after the half-hour mark and Paul Ince's side almost doubled their advantage soon after but Craig Cathcart's header was cleared off the line.

Louis Almond looked lively and it was the striker who forced one of The Shrimps' centre-halves into a hurried clearance, which spun goalwards only for the keeper to spare the defender's blushes, saving low down to his left.

On the hour mark Ince made a whole host of changes with the likes of Mark Halstead, Kirk Broadfoot, Angel Martinez, Chris Basham and Alberto Noguera all entering the fray.

The Seasiders looked comfortable in possession and began to knock the ball around with confidence on a very warm day on the Fylde Coast.

Then against the run of play the visitors won a corner and Stewart Drummond managed to edge out his marker to prod the ball home.

Blackpool threatened to find a winner in the last 15 minutes but Chris Basham couldn't convert from close range after the ball came back off the post and the Morecambe stopper made a couple of good saves with his legs to ensure the match ended 1-1.

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