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Date: 06-11-16 gif Venue: Bloomfield Rd gif att: 1963 gif away fans: 904
The lights go out on Harriers

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The Harriers dropped out of the FA Cup at three quarters empty Bloomfied Road today when crisis torn Blackpool end our hopes with a 2-0 win.  A win that they deserved merely for the fact that we didn't turn up.  With Elton N'Gwatala back in the starting eleven the hope was in the Harriers fans hearts that with his mastery in midfield we could easily get a result in this cold and windswept half finished stadium.

It all looked promising when we started the game with a flourish and passed the ball round well leaving the Tangerines chasing shadows without actually getting anywhere near their goal.  In fact it was hard to think of any real attempts on goal that could be classed as threatening to the Blackpool keeper.

Twenty seven minutes in the home side were awarded a throw in that was passed overhead by Kyle Vassell to the near post.  The only head to be seen going for the ball was that of former Harriers hero Jamille Matt to send it home beyond the reach of Sam Hornby.  The goal, to be honest came somewhat against the run of play.

Soon after his goal Matt went off injured to be replaced by Danny Philliskirk.

We rallied for a while following that goal but slowly the signs were starting to show of a naivety in our play and the urge to rush passes too much and then at the same time dither when in possession and so lose the ball far too easily.  That naivety could be seen in the amount of times that Jordan Tunnicliffe opted to play the ball back to Hornby rather than start a creative move forward.

Ten minutes later and it was 2-0 when the highly rated Brad Potts fired towards goal to see it blocked by Keith Lowe on the edge of the area.  The ball came back to Potts and this time he made no mistake dispatching it beyond Hornby for the second Blackpool goal.

The goal seemed to come as a hammer blow for the men in purple and until half time there was only one team in it.  We tried to make headway against them but lacked the ideas on how to do it.  Then again Blackpool didn't seem to have much of a clue either as most of their attempts on goal went high, wide and not so wonderful.
  HT: 2 - 0
Following the break we threw on Liam Truslove in place of Zaine Francis-Angol in an effort to create something in the middle of the park.  ZFA had been quiet all through the first half and his link up play with Arthur Gnahoua had been sadly missing in the first half.  Tyrone Williams and Tyrell Waite, on the other side of the pitch, had been struggling to produce anything either.

Fact is we still failed to produce anything of note as Blackpool took complete charge of the game.  Michael Cain had two chances to score but neither of them would have 'blown the bloody doors off' as his first shot went wide and his second was easily held by Hornby.

Mani Dieseruvwe had what could have been a goal for us when he saw his shot blocked on the line and returned to him but opted to pass the ball sideways to Gnahoua instead where he would have had very little chance of scoring with defenders bunched on the line.

We made another two changes with Andre Brown coming on for N'Gwatala and then soon after Sam Austin on for Gnahoua.  The Elton change was a little mystifying as most of our decent moves were coming through him but it matter little as the steam had gone out of the Reds by then and we had nothing more in our locker.  And neither had Blackpool as the game fizzled out to nothing.

So the Tangerines go into the goldfish bowl tomorrow evening when they can see who they'll draw in the 2nd round on December 3rd while we have a game to look forward to at Bradford Park Avenue instead.  Oh dear.
  FT: 2 - 0

 Goals for Blackpool: Matt 27, Potts 37

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Blackpool  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Slocombe     Hornby  
Mellor     Williams  
A Taylor     Francis-Angol gif  
McAlister     Carter  
Robertson     Lowe  
Nolan     Tunnicliffe  
Vassell gif   Waite  
Potts gif     McQuilkin  
Matt gif gif     Dieseruvwe  
Cain     N'Gwatala gif  
Yeates gif     Gnahoua gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Boney     Palmer  
Aimson     Austin gif - 73  
Cullen gif - 80     A Brown gif - 64  
Philliskirk gif - 34     Stambolziev  
Osayi-Samuel     Truslove gif - 46  
Daniel gif - 80     Evans  

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