AFC BLACKPOOL
AFC BLACKPOOL
The Mechanics
First team
Cammell Laird1907

Away | 04 November 2017 | Attendance: 83

Match Report

Cammall Laird 1907 1-1 AFC Blackpool

AFC Blackpool remain just outside the playoff places in the NWCL First Division after sharing a draw with their hosts, who are just one place above them, on Merseyside. Ben Holmes gave Lairds the lead in the 16th minute. But that was cancelled out by an equalizer from Conah Bishop, just three minutes into the second half.

A strong AFC side went into the game on the back of inflicting the first defeat of the season on Silsden by a fellow NWCL First Division side last Tuesday when they easily won 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the First Division Cup.

Despite the strong AFC line up at the Lairds Kirklands ground, it was the home side that started stronger. And it was no surprise when Holmes gave them the lead early on. Lairds dominated much of the first half with AFC , for the most part, struggling to get into the game. A switch of formation saw improvements, which saw an almost instant result early in the second half. The returning Alex Taylor replaced Ben Duffield at halftime. And within three minutes AFC were level through Bishop.

A more equal second half saw both sides going for the win, but neither side was able to find the back of the net again, although a cross-shot from winger Billy McKenna looked to be heading goalbound but hit the upright. Late on Alex Caunce had to come off with a head injury and he was replaced by James Corbett, who has signed for AFC again.

The result keeps AFC in 8th place, handily placed just outside the top six on 23 points.

Up next is a home game on Saturday 11th November against Nelson, who are currently bottom of the First Division. Although AFC will be looking for revenge as they lost out to the Admirals in the first round of the Macron Cup, 3-2 on penalties at the Mechanics Ground on 17th October after neither side could score in the 90 minutes.

Nelson were hammered 6-0 at home on Saturday by Litherland REMYCA. A result that saw them replace Daisy Hill at the foot of the table.

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Match Stats

Starting Line Up

GK Callum Kirkland
DF Martin Baird
DF Stephen Betteridge
DF Alex Caunce
DF Jamie Nay
MD Conah Bishop
MD Danny Pickering
MD Ben Fishwick
ST Ben Duffield
ST Kit Gregory
WI Billy McKenna

Substitutes

DF James Corbett
MD Matthew Muscroft
MD Zack Hargreaves
ST Kyle Preece
ST Alex Taylor