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Report: Blackpool 2 Barrow 1

18 August 2020

Blackpool made it three wins from three in pre-season, with a 2-1 victory over Barrow in the Club's first match back at Bloomfield Road since March.

The Seasiders dominated the opening half and can count themselves unfortunate to not have taken a stronger lead into the half-time interval.

Grant Ward tried his luck with a long range strike on 20 minutes, whilst Nathan Shaw impressed with some strong overlapping runs on the left to find space and feed in some crosses.

Neil Critchley’s side eventually took a deserved lead ten minutes before the break, thanks to Jordan Thorniley’s looping header. A corner was whipped in by Oliver Sarkic on the right hand side, and there was Thorniley to tower above everyone else and find the back of the net.

Barrow threatened rarely in the first half, with Lewis Hardcastle coming closest, forcing Chris Maxwell into a good save to his right, but in truth Blackpool deserved their half-time lead.

Half time: Blackpool 1 Barrow 0

Barrow offered more of a threat in the second half, with the ‘Pool defence called into action on occasions. Ash Smith-Brown made a good run which caught the Blackpool defence out on 60 minutes, but he was just offside when the ball was played.

The visitors equalised on 70 minutes through Dior Angus. The winger linked up well with Jason Taylor before cutting inside and weaving his way through the defence to then place a shot past Jack Sims.

But Blackpool’s hearts were not dampened, and the hosts retook the lead with ten minutes on the clock thanks to Matty Virtue’s strike. A great ball forward from Teddy Howe was collected well from Virtue who turned well and placed the ball past the goalkeeper to secure another victory in pre-season for the Seasiders.

Full time: Blackpool 2 Barrow 1

0-60 Minutes XI: Maxwell, Turton, Nottingham, Thorniley, Shaw, Robson, Ward, Sarkic, Hamilton, Kaikai, Madine

60-90 Minutes XI: Sims, Howe, Ekpiteta, Husband, Shaw, Virtue, Antwi, Anderson, Devitt, Yates, Anderson.


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