Blackpool rounded off their preparations for the new season with a 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra.
Chris Taylor’s early goal was cancelled out in the second-half, when Alex Nicholls levelled for the hosts.
Blackpool, in a 3-5-2 formation, made a quick start to the game and found the net sublimely in the eighth minute. Taylor curled the ball into the top corner after good work from Joe Dodoo.
The Seasiders almost made it two moments after, however former Pool defender Eddie Nolan cleared Harry Pritchard’s strike away from the line.
Crewe’s first opportunity fell to Jordan Bowery in the 14th minute, whose header was saved comfortably by Mark Howard. The forward was later to be denied by the ‘keeper again, prior to Alex Nicholls and Callum Ainley being unable to convert the rebound.
For Pool, Michael Nottingham and Harry Pritchard, both making the step up from non-league this summer, looked assured in and out of position.
Another transfer window arrival, Joe Dodoo, was next to test Crewe’s ‘keeper, though his low-drilled strike was parried behind by Dave Richards.
Joe Bunney later looked to find Dodoo again with a great delivery fizzed across the six-yard box, however the on-loan Rangers man was unable to get on the end of it.
Half-Time: Crewe Alexandra 0 Blackpool 1
Six minutes in to the second-half, the hosts found themselves level. A sliced defensive clearance by Nick Anderton fell into the path of Alex Nicholls who made no mistake with the finish.
Nathan Delfouneso and Jordan Thompson were introduced prior to the hour mark for Blackpool, with Joe Dodoo and Harry Pritchard the players to make way.
It was Delfouneso who had the game’s next opportunity, racing down the left before being denied as he looked to lift the ball over the goalkeeper.
At the other end, Mark Howard felt the force of a stinging strike from Crewe’s Jordan Bowery, while Alex Nicholls’ header bounced back off the underside of the bar.
Armand Gnanduillet and John O’Sullivan replaced Mark Cullen and Chris Taylor for the final 17 minutes of the match, while the hosts made a triple substitution.
Neither side really pressed on after the changes though, leaving the game to fizzle out for a draw.
Full-Time: Crewe Alexandra 1 Blackpool 1