Blackpool avoided a potential banana skin at Bloomfield Road as they cruised past non-league opposition Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup first round.

It was Harriers who started the better of the teams however as Jordan Tunnicliffe’s corner was half cleared by the Tangerines with the ball falling to Tyrell Waite whose shot was blocked by Brad Potts.

John Eustace’s side came into the game very much as underdogs but were dominating possession in the first 15 minutes, not allowing the home side to settle.

Elton Ngwatala had a perfect chance to put the visitors ahead as James McQuilkin played him through but he was well tackled by Andy Taylor allowing Gary Bowyer’s side to remove any danger.

Potts was a whisker away from putting the League Two side ahead as Jamille Matt played a lofted ball over the Harriers defence, but he fired his volley wide.

Bowyer’s team started to raise their tempo and should have taken the lead when Taylor’s cross from the right was spilt by Harriers goalkeeper Hornby, but there was nobody in for the follow-up.

However, Blackpool took the lead on 27 minutes when Matt scored against his former club, heading home a Kyle Vassell cross from the right leaving Hornby with no chance of saving.

Three minutes later, it was Kidderminster who felt they should have had a penalty as Arthur Gnacouas’ shot was cleared off the line by the recalled Eddie Nolan.

Blackpool doubled their lead when Potts, who have received interest from numerous Championship clubs this week, barged through before volleying home on the rebound after Keith Lowe had blocked his first shot.

Blackpool started the second half the way they ended the first on top as some delicate footwork by Jim McAlister saw him play in substitute Danny Philliskirk, but he somehow missed the target from three yards out.

Kidderminster just couldn’t deal with Blackpool’s fitness and firepower as they allowed the home side several other chances with Michael Cain hitting a strike from 25 yards out which produced a cracking save by Hornby.
It was that man Cain once again who had the opportunity to kill the game, but he struck just wide from outside the box.

Blackpool goes into the second round draw however Eustace can be very proud of his side’s display.

FT: Blackpool 2-0 Kidderminster

Report by Josh Bunting – Follow me on Twitter – @Distillerymad


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