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Report: Southport 1 Blackpool 3

15 July 2017

Blackpool netted three and picked up their first victory of pre-season at Southport’s Haig Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Bowyer fielded two entirely different sides and his first-half team got the ball rolling when Kyle Vassell blasted home.
 
Bright Osayi-Samuel made one and scored another after the break, first showing pace before setting up Armand Gnanduillet and then scoring from the penalty spot after Jamille Matt had been fouled.
 
Kaiman Anderson stroked home a consolation for the non-league side late on, but Blackpool were comfortable winners in the end. 
 
Max Clayton forced former Pool stopper, Mark Halstead, to palm to safety with the first chance of the game. 
 
The new signing was again involved and after his header was palmed into the danger zone, Halstead recovered well to deny Nathan Delfouneso from point blank range. 
 
Southport, sporting eye-catching pink shirts, fashioned their first opening through Ethan Jones, but after shifting past Will Aimson, the striker dragged his shot wide. 
 
At the other end, Jimmy Ryan’s bending effort forced a save from Halstead, before Clayton clipped an effort into the goalkeeper’s hands. 
 
Halstead was the busier goalkeeper and was thankful for his defence on 23 minutes, as Ryan fed Vassell, who rounded him, only to be denied by a defender on the line.
 
Ryan’s set pieces were a constant threat for Blackpool and he picked out Aimson soon after, only for the header to be comfortably saved. 
 
With half-time approaching Blackpool finally got their noses in front, as Potts played in Vassell, and although his touch was heavy, the striker blasted beyond Halstead at his near post. 
 
Half-Time: Southport 0 Blackpool 1
 
Gary Bowyer changed his entire 11 at the break to give everyone game time and they quickly set about doubling their lead.
 
Osayi-Samuel showed blistering pace to race away from Adam Dugdale and still had the awareness to pick out Gnanduillet to tap home. 
 
Pool continued to probe and with 75 minutes on the clock they made it three. Matt’s strength saw him get ahead of Jacques Kpohomouh, who then hauled down the striker. 
 
Osayi-Samuel took the responsibility from the spot and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for 3-0.
 
Soon after a goal mouth scramble saw Matt, Gnanduillet and Danny Philliskirk all come close to adding a fourth, before the offside flag denied them. 
 
However, they’d be denied a clean sheet when Anderson stroked home for the non-league hosts.
 
There was still time for Philliskirk to fire over at his near post, as Pool ran out comfortable winners.
 
First-Half Team: Williams, Turton, Aimson, Hartley, Anderton, Delfouneso, Ryan, Potts, Daniel, Clayton, Vassell.
 
Second-Half Team: Trialist, Mellor, Robertson, Tilt, Taylor, Philliskirk, Trialist, Des Pres, Osayi-Samuel, Matt, Gnanduillet. 
 

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