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Heartbreak as Bullock strike sends Town out

Town 2 - 1 Blackpool. Hesitation by Gareth Evans allowed Martin Bullock in to score a Golden Goal which sent the Terriers out of the LDV Vans Trophy after Danny Schofield had inspired an amazing comeback to level the tie.

Danny Schofield (running) 118
Danny Schofield (running) 118

Evans lost concentration and allowed Bullock in 13 minutes in the first period of extra time to stab the ball past a despairing Martyn Margetson.

Clyde Wijnhard had earlier spurned the chance to score what would have been the winner after 3 minutes of the second half when he rose unmarked at the far post to head goalwards only to be denied by the left hand of Phil Barnes.

Danny Schofield was the undoubted man of the match after he came back from injury to terrorise the petrified Blackpool defence.

He contributed to Town's crucial first goal after just 3 minutes when he rounded Phil Barnes and was brought down.

It was touch and go but the referee opted not to send the fortunate Barnes off as one of his defenders appeared to have gotten back in time.

Clyde Wijnhard sent Barnes the wrong way as he reduced the aggregate deficit with a powerful penalty - Town's first penalty of the season and Clyde's second goal of the season from his first start.

Wijnhard was back to his physical best, holding off his markers, putting himself about and generally linking up well.

His strike partner Schofield was a danger all night and it wasn't long before he had tested the range with two shots over the bar and a mesmerising performance comprising pace, skill and vision to scare the living daylights of the visiting defence.

His third effort was a superbly struck left foot curler which evaded Barnes and went inside the post to level the aggregate scores.

Blackpool were reeling and, apart from a couple of set pieces where they looked threatening, never had a chance as Craig Armstrong and Thomas Heary covered the midfield ground well and denied the visitors the space they needed to play their usual passing game.

The second half started with Wijnhard's chance to win the game but the Terriers didn't look back and continued their high tempo game plan and Town saw further chances for Schofield go begging, in particular a late drift around the a defender which might have been finished superbly were it not for a late tackle.

With the Terriers tiring after their exertions it was only a matter of time before Blackpool got their act together and they waited until extra time to get their passing game together.

A tired Terriers side kicked off extra time looking for a goal but it was always a gamble with fatigue playing a big part.

Lou Macari was shaping up for a substitution with Kenny Irons and Dwayne Mattis waiting on the sidelines before Martin Bullock saw his chance after 113 minutes and struck.

Town had deserved something out of the game after their inspired comeback but instead they were denied by one single mistake.

Read Mel Booth's match report in the Examiner on Wednesday. Have your say in the messageboard below - your comments may be published in the Examiner.


Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Jenkins, Gray, Clarke, Evans, Hay, Heary, Wijnhard, Schofield, Holland, Armstrong
Subs not used: P. Senior, Moses, Irons, Mattis, Macari
Booked: Evans
Scorers: Wijnhard pen 4, Schofield 34

Blackpool (4-4-2): Barnes, Jaszczun, O'Kane (Collins 83), Wellens, Murphy, Taylor, Coid, Hills, Bullock, Marshall, Day (Hughes 51)
Subs not used: Simpson, Pullen, Walker
Booked: Barnes
Scorer: Bullock 113

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Stockport)

Attendance: 7,736 (2,156 Away fans)

Blackpool win 4-3 on aggregate with the Golden Goal.

Match points follow on subsequent pages:

Blackpool win with the Golden Goal - full match report to follow.

103 mins: Martin Bullock hoofed the ball into the back of the net after Gareth Evans hesitated in defence and allowed the dangerous midfielder into a shooting position - the midfielder greedily struck.

103 mins: Irons and Mattis were warming up as the game drew cagily to half time in extra time.

102 mins: Hills' half touch on the ball wasn't good enough.

101 mins: Blackpool won another corner after Margetson missed the set piece and Heary saved the day.

100 mins: Clarke cleared a flowing Blackpool attack. Collins' shot was wide but deflected for a corner as Blackpool finally got their passing game going as the Terriers tired.

97 mins: Both sides passed the ball carefully. Armstrong found Schofield but the Town youngster had to maneuvre carefully to get into position without much luck.

94 mins: Wellens' free kick was cleared by Wijnhard.

93 mins: Both sides looked tired in the tense atmosphere. Evans was cautioned for a late challenge on Coid.

92 mins: Wijnhard was penalised for a foul after a Blackpool defender had cleared the ball.

91 mins: Town started with instructions to attack and they did!

Town were set for Golden Goal Extra Time.


93 mins: Blackpool played keep-ball - both sides were playing it safe.

91 mins: Bullock volleyed a throw-in clear.

91 mins: Both teams went into 3 minutes of stoppage time.

90 mins: Clarke tackled Taylor on the edge of the area and sent the ball upfield for Schofield.

89 mins: Jenkins ran upfield with Hay in support but Hills cleared only for Heary to collect and cross.

87 mins: Extra time beckoned as the game wound down.

85 mins: Blackpool scrambled clear.

84 mins: Town countered and Schofield linked with Holland to go on a run which eventually won a corner.

82 mins: Schofield's pass for Hay came off a defender. Jenkins' cross was off a defender.

82 mins: Schofield was crowded out and tried other options. Wijnhard was too strong to be pushed off the ball.

81 mins: Jenkins' cross was cleared before it could reach Wijnhard.

80 mins: Hills' cross was headed away by Clarke.

78 mins: Wijnhard's shot was blocked!

75 mins: Armstrong won a corner after a great ball by Heary into the area.

74 mins: Wijnhard was penalised for a late challenge on Hughes.

74 mins: Blackpool won a corner after Evans and Margetson left the ball alone.

73 mins: Marshall headed clear. Taylor rounded Clarke but was fouled by the young defender.

72 mins: Hay won the ball and fed Schofield. Town continued to attack and won a throw-in which was taken quickly and short - against Joe Jordan's wishes. Schofield dragged the ball around one of the defenders but was fouled.

70 mins: Schofield's skill found Hay but he miscued his strike on goal with Wijnhard waiting square.

69 mins: Wijnhard was narrowly flagged offside.

68 mins: Gray cleared from Hills and Town counter-attacked. Wijnhard was flagged offside.

66 mins: Schofield and Jaszczun clashed heads during an aerial challenge.

66 mins: Gareth Evans needlessly brought down Martin Bullock near trhe corner flag. Wellens wasted it.

65 mins: Joe Jordan frantically signalled the Armstrong to perform long throws where possible.

64 mins: Margetson slid in against Scott Taylor and spared the blushes of Gray who had let Taylor get away.

64 mins: Armstrong hit the ball over the bar after good work from Holland forced Marshall into a poor clearance.

63 mins: Clyde Wijnhard hit the ball long for a chase by Schofield but Barnes conceded a throw-in.

61 mins: Clarke slid in to deny Murphy as Blackpool improved. Town were being urged to push out as they defended deep.

58 mins: A period of Town pressure saw Blackpool trying to fend off the repeated attacks by Lou Macari's men.

54 mins: Bullock was sandwiched by two Town players in Margetson's area but the referee rightly didn't award the penalty.

53 mins: Jenkins hesitated in attack and Blackpool attacked with Scott Taylor. Armstrong and Heary recovered quickly but the Blackpool move continued.

50 mins: Ian Hughes replaced Rhys Day as Blackpool changed things around after the Terriers continued to terrorise the Blackpool defence.

48 mins: Schofield showed great composure to win the ball and strike up a counter-attack which eventually reached Wijnhard via Jenkins. Wijnhard rose unmarked and headed the ball but Barnes somehow saved with his left hand!!!! It was an identical chance to the one he scored against Tranmere.

47 mins: Marshall once again denied Wijnhard.

46 mins: Ian Marshall slid in on Wijnhard, who was lining up a shot, and poked it towards Barnes who had to make a save.


A penalty from Clyde Wijnhard and a wonder strike from Danny Schofield dragged the Terriers right back into the LDV Cup contest.

The Terriers had completely overwhelmed their visitors in the first half and, apart from a couple of set pieces, never threatened.

With Schofield in irresistible form the second half was set to become the deciding period for the right to a trip to the Millennium Stadium.

47 mins: Blackpool were on the attack late on. Jenkins was penalised for tugging at John Hills' shirt.

46 mins: Bullock hit the ball to the near post and Heary headed the ball over his post after interference. The corner went for a free kick, much to Margetson's relief.

45 mins: Jenkins gave away a free kick near the corner flag.

44 mins: Phil Barnes fingertipped Schofield's effort away.

43 mins: Gray was penalised for leaning on Murphy as a Town corner was flighted in.

42 mins: Wijnhard dinked the ball into the area and the panicked Blackpool defenders kicked it away for a throw-in.

41 mins: Wellens couldn't get past Jenkins and a poor touch from the Blackpool man allowed the Terriers to clear.

39 mins: Schofield's cross was deflected clear by a suspected hand-ball with Armstrong waiting to receive.

38 mins: Chris Hay struck the ball wide.

38 mins: Wellens conceded another corner under pressure from Hay and Jenkins who were combining brilliantly down the right.

37 mins: Clyde Wijnhard took on the Blackpool defenders and muscled his way into a position where he won a corner.

37 mins: Holland and Armstrong combined as the Terriers went for the third goal. Schofield was there but couldn't profit.

36 mins: Blackpool were shaken but continued to pump long balls upfield as Joe Jordan urged the Terriers to concentrate.

34 mins: Danny Schofield cut in from the right and struck a curling beauty into the left hand corner with his left foot!!

34 mins: Clyde Wijnhard waited for a cross from Hay who was marauding down the right touchline but he was thwarted and had to settle for the corner instead.

32 mins: A great flick by Wijnhard, from Jenkins' free kick, fell to Schofield but the Town youngster was flagged offside as he lined up his shot.

30 mins: A great run by Danny Schofield was finished by blazing it over the bar! Chris Holland was waiting for the lay-off despite being himself tracked.

28 mins: Wellen's punt into the penalty area was collected by Margetson.

26 mins: Gray headed the ball away and Heary completed the clearance from the Blackpool set piece.

25 mins: Clark gave away a needless free kick after committing himself against Blackpool.

20 mins: Schofield tried to reach an Evans cross but couldn't make it. Blackpool attacked and Gray helped Evans out with Bullock.

17 mins: Hay's cross was headed away by Coid. Wijnhard was bearing down on goal before the ball was cleared.

13 mins: Hills' cross was lost by Margetson but the Welsh 'keeper was fouled by the offside John Murphy who was going for the ball. Margetson was stunned but Alex Moreno treated him on the sidelines.

11 mins: Jenkins slid in for a great tackle to deny Blackpool a glimmer of the ball.

10 mins: Schofield reached the edge of the box and tried to feed Hay but the eventual effort was deflected. The Terriers were all over their visitors.

9 mins: Armstrong delivered to the far post but Clarke couldn't reach it.

9 mins: Schofield was blatantly obstructed in a great free kick position.

8 mins: Holland and Heary dogged Bullock all the way back to his own half.

7 mins: Hay's cut inside saw him pass to Wijnhard whose neat lay-off to Schofield saw the midfielder lash a shot just wide.

6 mins: Hills' corner was headed clear by Jenkins.

4 mins: A perfect start for Wijnhard - he scored his second goal of the season and brought the Terriers back into the tie with a cool finish which sent Barnes the wrong way!

3 mins: Schofield rounded the 'keeper and was promptly brought down by Phil Barnes. Barnes was booked for his troubles and Clyde Wijnhard stepped up.

2 mins: Holland's cross for Wijnhard was unexpected and ran wide.

1 min: Both sides started cautiously.

Danny Schofield was fit enough to start as Clyde Wijnhard replaced the injured Andy Booth for his first start in 18 months. Dwayne Mattis took a place on the bench on his return from injury. Kenny Irons was left on the bench as Town went for a workmanlike midfield.

Paul Simpson was replaced by Tommy Jaszczun in Blackpool's only change for this match as the seasiders started with a 3-1 advantage in the 2nd leg.

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