Between work in the morning and a wedding in the afternoon, I sandwiched this 11am fixture between these two youth league sides. As I arrived at Ray Hall Lane a row had broken out between a official and a spectator over the parking off his car.
Walsall took to the field in their red strip and Blackpool in their familiar tangerine strip. Blackpool had by far the better of the early play, being far more attacking having their first attempt after less than a minute.
Blackpool took the lead on 25 minutes, a free kick from the right edge of the box was sweetly struck, the ball eluded all the players before hitting the top upright and deflected into the net.
Walsall spent the rest of the half chasing a equaliser, hitting the post from a corner and were thwarted further by Blackpool’s keeper who had previously been injured minutes earlier and despite limping, pulled off a double save from a free kick then blocked the rebound before needing further treatment from the physio.At halt time, we were treated to the worst shooting practice this season by the Blackpool substitutes.
Blackpool made it 2-0 from some neat interplay in the box, finding a player who drilled the ball low into the net, sending the large number of visiting supporters into rounds of applause. Walsall’s forwards looked very lightweight and their attacking all came from the back.
Blackpool made it 3-0 near the end , the ball being played to a unmarked player who drew the saddlers keeper out of position before dinking the ball past him into a unguarded goal.
Admission – Free Attendance – 54 h/c