Ashton Under Lyne 104 Blackpool RUFC 3

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It was another disastrous day at the office for Blackpool when they went down by 104 - 3 away to Ashton Under Lyne.

Ashton, who were only three places above Blackpool at the start of the game should have been a match that the visitors targeted for a win but, alas, this was not to be so.

Blackpool, despite going a try behind in the 2nd minute, came back at the opposition and were given a penalty in the 6th minutes which Stand Off Sean Donnelly greatfully accepted top peg the score back to a more respectable 7 - 3.

The travelling supporters could be forgiven if they thought that Blackpool had turned the corner as they were giving as good as they were getting until the 13th minute when the floodgates opened for the home side.

Blackpool started the match with only 14 players, their hooker, Chris Parlour who was coming straight to the ground from his university campus, was unable to find the venue and did not arrive until the first half ended.

The second half was all one-way traffic with Ashton amassing a total of 104 points for the game.

Blackpool suffered the same as they have all season, they played a back line who haven't trained together so no-one knew what each other was doing or where they were going to be.

The tackling in defence was practically non-existent which allowed the Ashton side free reign to run and score at will.

Blackpool are now definitely looking down both barrels of the relegation gun, and, with their vastly inferior points difference, they will need a miracle to survive, but stranger things have happened.

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