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Report: Blackpool 2 Bury 1

Tilt Header Secures All Three Points

17 October 2017

Curtis Tilt’s 73rd minute header secured Blackpool all three points with a 2-1 victory against Bury.

The defender, attacking a corner, scored his first goal for the club and restored The Seasiders advantage in the game, with Jermaine Beckford having earlier cancelled out Kelvin Mellor’s effort.

Manager Gary Bowyer made three changes for the match, however the late withdrawal of Jimmy Ryan meant that Jay Spearing was restored to the line-up to make his home bow. Colin Daniel missed the game due to suspension and was replaced by Andy Taylor. Kelvin Mellor and Sessi D’Almeida also started the fixture.

Both ‘keepers were called into action early on, with Sean Longstaff denied by Leo Fasan and a rasping drive from Bury’s Chris Maguire parried away from danger by Ryan Allsop.

Former Blackpool defender Tom Aldred, facing The Seasiders for the first time, received a yellow card in the 13th minute for a foul on Nathan Delfouneso.

The next best opportunity in the game fell to the lively Maguire for the visitors, who grazed the top of the crossbar with a 30-yard free-kick.

Nathan Delfouneso was denied by Fasan as Blackpool continued to search for an opener, though the breakthrough duly came three minutes later.

A great passage of play from The Seasiders saw Sean Longstaff send the ball across the six-yard box for an unmarked Kelvin Mellor to tap in.

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Bury 0

The visitors immediately pushed for the equaliser from the restart and went close through Callum Reilly, who saw his deflected strike fly just over the bar.

A momentary lapse in concentration almost resulted in a leveller when Blackpool fell asleep from a throw-in, leading to Curtis Tilt heading the ball off the line.

The Blackpool defence was continuing to scramble in the early stages of the second-half and the pressure told when Jermaine Beckford equalised from eight-yards out.

It was the visitors now in the ascendency, as Clark Robertson was forced to head a Greg Leigh cross off the line, while Josh Laurent but fired over from just inside the area.

In an effort to get the opposition on the back foot again, Gary Bowyer introduced Viv Solomon-Otabor and Callum Cooke.

From then, it didn’t take long for Blackpool to re-take the lead, as Curtis Tilt towered above his marker to head in from a corner. That goal his first since joining the club in the summer.

Kyle Vassell almost increased Blackpool’s advantage but Fasan kept out his effort with his feet.

Bury pushed for an equaliser at the other end and almost got it deep into added time, however the post denied Jay O’Shea.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Bury 1  

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