Despite three late goals, Blackpool fell to defeat at Bury, losing 5-4.
The Seasiders took an early lead, scoring inside the opening five minutes. Sam Maddox and Emil Jaaskelainen kept the ball well, setting Nana Adarkwa through down the right. The winger then picked out Fin Sinclair-Smith, who tapped the ball home into an empty net.
Just three minutes later, Bury hit the bar, before equalising in the 15th minute. There was a goalmouth scramble from a free-kick, which saw the ball hit both posts, prior to being prodded home to level matters.
The hosts then took the lead before the break, despite both Fin Sinclair-Smith and Emil Jaaskelainen having chances. A long ball cut the defence open, allowing a Bury striker to slot the ball past Simson in the Blackpool net.
Half-Time: Bury 2 Blackpool 1
Moments into the second-half, and Sam Maddox went into the referee’s book. He brought down an opponent as the hosts looked to counter attack.
Soon after, Bury made it 3-1, through a 30-yard free=kick, which flew into the corner.
Bury were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, which was slotted away to give the hosts a three-goal lead. Ewan Bange came on for Emil Jaaskelainen, and Harry Winstanley replaced Sean Graham for Blackpool in the aftermath.
Bury made it 5-1 with 15 minutes to go, as Bury countered once again. The goal was given despite a debatable offside decision.
Just a minute later, and Blackpool grabbed a goal back, with Ewan Bange poking the ball home after some scrappy play in the area.
Blackpool then scored twice in three minutes to make it 5-4. Ewan Bange grabbed his second of the day, before Brendan O’Brien headed home from a corner.
However, Bury held on for the victory.
Full-Time: Bury 5 Blackpool 4
Goals: Sinclair-Smith (4’), Bange (74’, 82’), O’Brien (85’)
Team: Simson; Maddox, Williams, Avon, Graham (Winstanley 62’); Adarkwa, O’Brien, Roache, Sinclair-Smith; Jaaskelainen (Bange 60’), Watkinson
Unused: Smith, Preyzner