Well taken chances seal third spot for Blackpool
Blackpool came into this game knowing that a loss would open up the opportunity for their local rivals Garstang to steal third spot from them. But in truth that was never likely once Pool got there act together in what was a competitive and well contested match. The hosts had a decent squad size to choose from and there was a return for Richard 'not as good looking as his brother' Parlour who appeared on the subs bench alongside his brother, with Tim Nicholls playing his first game of 2011. A nervous start from both sides saw position regularly spilled and for the away side early possession and chances were wasted. A succession of scrums broke up the play and it really was anyone’s game for the opening 20 minutes. The visitors landed the first blow in the form of a penalty kick but they would fail to capitalise on this lead and would prove to be their only score of the match. Blackpool started to build momentum and looked dangerous carrying the ball at their opponents. Number 8 Baz Tucker was in his usual boisterous mood and was a menace throughout the afternoon. There were also good surges forward by prop Dean Finegan and second row Ash Portasman but the final pass was lacking. Pool finally made their way onto the score sheet in somewhat bizarre fashion when centre Adam Jacobs got the ball and ran like a crab across the pitch. Thankfully unlike some of his other team mates who are known for attempting this technique Jacobs backed up with a turn of pace and scored out wide in the corner to give Pool the lead. Blackpool’s second score would come from a good break from the ever mercurial Leon Mason who cut through the Garstang defence before releasing the rapid winger Kane Hadgraft who was never going to be caught before he made it into the corner. With the score now at 10-3 Blackpool got the bit between their teeth and began to disrupt the scrums. It was from a scrum that Baz Tucker would add his name to the score sheet when he picked and went over in the corner to make it 15-3. This is how things would stay going into half time. Blackpool made some changes and bought the better looking Parlour brother on at hooker and Captain Clipboard Russ Woodward onto the back row. The momentum continued with Pool despite some good rugby from their opponents and it wasn't long before Hadgraft had his second try of the match as he raced over, once again finishing off a good backs move. Blackpool were starting to take full control in the scrums and Parlour managed to pinch a couple against the head which led to Tucker getting his second try of the match as again the Garstang back row were unable to bring him down. The attacks continued and had Baz Tucker been able to keep hold of the ball he would have scored a hat trick but as he reached for the line he lost control of the ball. Blackpool would get another score though with Adam Jacobs joining Hadgraft and Tucker on 2 tries for the game and entering qualification for jug avoidance. The last part of the game was scrappy and at one stage Garstang's number 8 was sin binned for sharing his opinion of the referee out loud a few too many times. The final whistle went and the score finished at 30-3. It could have been more in Blackpool's favour had they managed one successful conversion. With so many misses you could have been mistaken for thinking Stevie Wonder was taking the kicks. Blackpool's man of the match was prop Matthew Robinson who dealt with the high ball of kick offs brilliantly and gave his opposite number a torrid time in the front row. Mavis had another stormer at scrum half and Tucker, Finegan and Jacobs all caused problems when carrying the ball. The next game is in two weeks time where Blackpool travel away for the last time this season with a trip to title favourites Rossendale.