The Seasiders had looked like continuing their hoodoo over the Terriers this season after veteran Ian Marshall had got in front of several defenders to poke John Hills' set piece past Martyn Margetson in the opening seconds of the second half.

Town had been loose in closing down Blackpool defenders during the first half but Marshall made them pay in the second half despite the swirling, blustery conditions on the day that their new stand had opened to a full house.

The gusting wind had earlier forced Martyn Margetson into a smart first half save on his own line after Hills had put in corner which curled back and seemed goalbound with Steve Jenkins missing from his usual position guarding the post.

The Welshman had already seen off efforts from Richard Walker and Ritchie Wellens while Phil Barnes had the advantage of the prevailing wind with him in the first half and saved from Clyde Wijnhard, who should have hit a stronger effort, Danny Schofield, and Leon Knight.

The second half of this largely scrappy contest, played out on a poor pitch with a blustery wind all around, but this allowed Town to work up a greater threat after surviving a tricky opening second period following Murphy's goal.

Schofield tested Barnes once again and the introduction of Delroy Facey saw the Terriers attacking with a greater physical threat.

Leon Knight, who had threatened to do something in the second half, finally grabbed a goal just as it seemed that Town were running out of steam in the 67th minute.

Delroy Facey chased down a lost cause, allowing Adrian Moses to adance up the right flank and put in a great cross which Knight ghosted onto and headed past the despairing Phil Barnes.

The scores were level and the introduction of Kenny Irons soon after saw Town's passing quality improve.

Town were hit by an injury to the industrious Chris Holland and it seemed as though they might play for a draw when they brought on Dwayne Mattis to help anchor the midfield.

Blackpool were not settling for a draw, however, and Martin Bullock came off the bench to terrorise the Town defence again.

Bullock was first denied by Danny Schofield after going past him, then later he laid on a super cross for John Murphy who contrived to miss a golden chance for a late winner with only Martyn Margetson to beat.

These missed chances came back to haunt Blackpool, though, when 4 minutes into injury time, Irons dinked a defence splitting pass into the area and, in the panic, Leon Knight latched onto it and put the finishing touch on Town's comeback.

It was a sweet goal for the Terriers, and the three points could be vital come the end of the season.

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Blackpool (4-4-2): Barnes, Jasczcun, O'Kane, Reid, Wellens, Murphy, Taylor, Collins, Hills, Marshall, Walker (Bullock 74)
Subs not used: Pullen, Simpson, Fenton, C. Clarke
Scorer: Marshall 46

Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Heary, Moses, Gray, Clarke, Jenkins, Thorrington (Irons 72), Schofield, Holland (Mattis 80), Wijnhard (Facey 54), Knight
Subs not used: P. Senior, Hay
Scorer: Knight 67, 90

Referee: Tony Bates (Stoke)

Attendance: 8,251

Match points follow on subsequent pages.


95 mins: Leon Knight got the final touch onto Irons' penalty area dink with a little help from the physical presence of Facey to hit a superb goal! Blackpool's defenders were left behind as Knight sped into a great scoring position topick up the defence splitting pass.

94 mins: It was end to end stuff in the closing seconds. Knight picked out Facey but Barnes came out to save.

92 mins: Facey was onside and chased the ball down but Barnes came off his cleared and kicked the ball away.

90 mins: 4 minutes of added time were indicated.

88 mins: Blackpool were coming for the winner with Wellens and Murphy putting the Terriers under extreme pressure. Murphy tried to flick athe ball over Margetson but the Welshman caught the ball.

87 mins: Murphy was clean through with just Margetson to beat but botched his effort after Martin Bullock streamed clear on the counter-attack under pressure from Moses.

86 mins: Jenkins drove the ball in but it was cleared as far as Schofield.

85 mins: Knight was penalised after he was tugged back by O'Kane!!!

84 mins: Wellens was tackled by Thomas Heary as both sides probed for a possible winner.

79 mins: Bullock arrived at the back post, past Danny Schofield but the Terriers scrambled the ball away. Mattis came on to replace Holland.

78 mins: Dwayne Mattis was set to replace the injured Chris Holland.

77 mins: Chris Holland limped off.

76 mins: Irons and Moses doubled up to close down the Blackpool attackers. Chris Holland sustained an ijnury while stretching for the ball.

73 mins: Martin Bullock was brought on for Richard Walker as Blackpooll tried to regain the upper hand at Bloomfield Road.

72 mins: Taylor went past Holland but Town cleared and countered. Knight laid the ball off for Heary.

71 mins: Facey put Barnes under pressure to come out and clear after a long ball by Holland fell invitingly. Kenny Irons was ready to come on for John Thorrington who looked disappointed as he trudged off.

69 mins: Town woke up at last and started attacking with conviction. Schofield was picked out by Holland and put a cross/shot past the far post.

67 mins: Facey chased down a lost cause allowing Moses to put in a sweet cross and Leon Knight rose to head past John O'Kane and Phil Barnes, who was off his line.

66 mins: Schofield broke free on a rasping Town counter attack but Blackpool quickly closed down and got back to defend.

63 mins: Clarke's long ball picked out Knight but his effort was blocked.

62 mins: Facey forced Marshall to head behind after Thorrington put a cross in.

60 mins: Clarke's long throw was almost met by Facey for the flick-on but Blackpool cleared and counter-attacked.

58 mins: Town passed well during a Town attack but Blackpool defended stoutly.

57 mins: Marshall's header was cleared by Heary as the home side piled on the pressure against Town.

55 mins: Scott Taylor's goalbound shot was tipped away by Margetson.

54 mins: Knight hit a sweet strike but could only hit the side netting.

54 mins: Delroy Facey got a warm welcome as he replaced Clyde Wijnhard.

53 mins: Schofield's sizzler was tipped away after the Town youngster flicked the ball past O'Kane. Delroy Facey was ready to come on.

52 mins: Thorrington embarked on a great run, beat a defender, and crossed for Schofield but O'Kane put it behind for a corner.

51 mins: Reid shot for goal after Margetson lost the ball during a corner. Town were in total disarray.

50 mins:Heary won the ball superbly but his distribution was very poor and Clyde Wijnhard was left disappointed.

49 mins: Collins' cross was flicked on by Walker and Scott Taylor struck but the ball was cleared. Town were still shellshocked after Murphy's opener.

46 mins: Murphy nipped in and touched Hills' set piece in as Town's defenders once again stood like statues.

46 mins: Hills crossed and Jenkins put the ball out for another corner.


Conditions were testing at Bloomfield Road as Town fought against the elements and a Blackpool side who looked like taking advantage of lax marking at every opportunity.

Martyn Margetson was the busier 'keeper, with saves from Walker and Wellens and a great one on the goal line with Hills' corner blowing inwards towards his goal and Jenkins missing from his customary position on the post.

Town had their chances too, Clyde Wijnhard should have put more power into his effort, while Knight and Schofield also went close.

45 mins: Clarke was watchful as Blackpool attacked down the flank again.

44 mins: Reid picked off Wijnhard's attempt to find Knight with a through ball.

42 mins: Collins was unmarked but he wasted his cross. The Seasiders were good on the counter with the Terriers standing off them.

40 mins: Town were not tracking back and Blackpool were enjoying the space on counter-attacks.

39 mins: Schofield was brought down by Collins but the free kick was wasted.

36 mins: Wellens ran at the goal and fell over in the area under pressure but the referee waved away the half hearted claims.

34 mins: Danny Schofield struck a fearsome shot just wide with Barnes beaten after Holland had picked him out again.

33 mins: John Murphy almost pulled the trigger but Town's defence massed and cleared.

32 mins: Holland's shot took a deflection and Barnes flapped at it. Knight came in looking for the rebound but the ball came off him and went wide.

32 mins: Wijnhard had a point blank shot after Holland worked hard and slipped the ball through. The Dutchman turned Reid and took his chance but Barnes saved!

31 mins: Knight's shot was poorly selected.

30 mins: Moses got in the way of a Murphy shot.

29 mins: Wijnhard broke free and was clean through with the goal at his mercy after beating Reid but was penalised for pushing him!

27 mins: Clarke conceded a free kick after getting too close to Walker. Town were not marking close either either and they breathed a sigh of relief after the set piece was wasted.

26 mins: Moses had to be quick as he came across to thwart another Blackpool foray.

23 mins: Wellens tested Margetson again with help from Walker as Town fell apart again. The Welshman had to concede a corner which was subsequently cleared by Clyde Wijnhard.

22 mins: Wellens hit a left footed shot against the post, thanks to a fingertip save by Margetson! John Murphy had earlier won a battle with Kevin Gray in order to provide the killer through ball.

21 mins: Moses' attempted square ball for Thorrington went out of play.

19 mins: Knight ran at the Blackpool defenders but couldn't find a way past Wellens.

18 mins: Walker put Margetson under pressure and the Seasiders won a throw in after the Welshman had to clear hurriedly.

17 mins; Jenkins' long ball almost fell sweetly for Knight, who chased the long ball but Reid got in the young striker's way.

15 mins: Hills' cross was saved by Margetson who shouted for Gray to leave it.

12 mins: Margetson's clearance saw yet another Town player caught offside.

12 mins: Blackpool won a corner. Hills took it and Margetson had to stretch to collect the ball on his goal line.

8 mins: Town were being penned back as conditions went against them.

6 mins: Walker got into a shooting position 10 yards from goal but Town's defenders, despite some dithering, got back to defend as the Seasiders piled on the pressure.

5 mins: Knight dummied past two defenders after a quick free kick but wasted his chance.

4 mins: The game started with some uneven play on the poor Bloomfield Road surface, it had been slowing and conditions were freezing as Town started looking for an early goal.

Kick off was delayed by 5 minutes at Bloomfield Road.

Gareth Evans was suspended so Adrian Moses came into the side to play at right back with Steve Jenkins switching to left back. John Thorrington was fit to start, his first start since December 29th, and replaced Chris Hay who joined Delroy Facey on the bench. It was Facey's first appearance in the first team squad this season.

Blackpool were hosting Town for the second time this season, and opened their new facilities today.