Report: Bury 4 Blackpool 3
Blackpool’s unbeaten run came to an end in remarkable circumstances at Gigg Lane, as seven goals were shared, with unfortunately Bury claiming the majority.
Neil McDonald’s side suffered a horror start to the Halloween showdown, with their recent defensive form ripped into tatters, as Hayden White’s own goal was followed by a second from Danny Rose within the opening minutes.
Mark Cullen put Pool back in contention, only for Chris Hussey and Tom Soares to leave them shell-shocked at 4-1 down.
The visitors did respond however, and Clark Robertson and Jack Redshaw were both on target in a memorable game, but Blackpool couldn’t force a dramatic eighth goal.
The Seasiders suffered a nightmare start to the 31 October clash, as Tom Pope was left unopposed at the back post to head back into the danger area, forcing White to knock into his own net just two minutes in.
It was the kind of danger Blackpool had become accustomed to dealing with in recent weeks, but they set about making amends early on, only for Brad Potts to drag his left-footed effort wide.
They hadn’t learned their lesson however, and from Bury’s next set piece they made it two with ease. This time Peter Clarke was allowed to ghost in unmarked, and his header set up Rose to knock home the second.
Just 13 minutes in and third goal arrived, thankfully this time to the visitors. A calamitous error from debutant Daniel Bachmann saw the stopper robbed of possession by Cullen, who duly rolled home into an unguarded net.
Remarkably it could have been 2-2 soon after, when White barged his way through down the right, but his cut-back couldn’t be converted by Cullen.
While Pool posed a real threat going forward, they couldn’t get to grips with The Shakers from set pieces and after Pope had an effort deflected behind, Clarke really should have bagged against his former club from the following corner.
Therefore, it was no surprise when Bury’s third arrived it was from another dead ball. This time Chris Hussey’s free-kick went all the way in, catching Colin Doyle out at his near post, with the goalkeeper expecting a cross.
The contest was providing no let up, but as the goals kept coming it was Bury increasing the gap. Next Soares was given time to set himself and rifle a long-range effort beyond Doyle.
Pool were shell-shocked, but after Potts had squandered two openings, Robertson planted a header in off the underside of the bar a minute before the break to give them a fighting chance.
Half-Time: Bury 4 Blackpool 2
After the interval Pool started on the front-foot and both Potts and Cullen tried in vein to reduce the arrears further.
As 25 second-half minutes passed without a goal McDonald changed his hand, with Jarrett Rivers and Martin Paterson replacing Jim McAlister and Cullen.
And Rivers was instantly involved, collecting the ball from Redshaw, but finding Bachmann well-placed to collect his strike.
After a topsy-turvy first-half, it took until six minutes from time for the seventh goal to arrive, as Pool were finally rewarded for their pressure. Paterson was pulled back inside the area and with his third penalty in as many games, Redshaw fired Blackpool to within a goal of their hosts.
Straight after the restart their hard work was almost undone, as David Norris was robbed of possession and Danny Pugh tested Doyle with a low save.
Last chance saloon arrived with a minute left on the clock, as Kwame Thomas replaced David Ferguson, but their later efforts went unrewarded, with Paterson volleying the final opening of a remarkable game over the bar.
Full-Time: Bury 4 Blackpool 3