The Seasiders ended their first home friendly with a 3-1 loss to last season’s champions, Worksop Town. Town, without several of last season’s first-team regulars, made a bright start, but found it hard to break through the visitors back line as the game progressed.
Nathan Walker, one of Town’s new signings, made an excellent first impression during his home turf debut. He made several powerful runs through the Worksop defence and made his presence known to the keeper.
It was the visitors that opened up the scoring. On the 19th minute, Matthew Templeton floated a fine cross in which Lynton Karkach powered past a diving Hitchcock.
Their lead was immediately snuffed out after another powerful run by Walker, who managed to squeeze through the visitor’s defence and slid his shot into the bottom corner.
Not to be outdone, the Tigers, just six minutes later, managed to get back ahead. Karkach again was the scorer, after an excellent pass by Gascoigne.
Another new signing, Josh Greening, nearly got himself a home debut goal after his curling effort went narrowly wide of the Tiger’s post.
The second half started much quieter than the first, with both sides making changes.
After introducing one of last season’s star performers, Matt Broadley, Town had the better of the chances during the majority of the second half including a curling header narrowly went over the crossbar.
It was the visitors that would, however, score the only goal of the second half. A fine chip from Kyle Jordan found Hitchcock out and put the visitors into a comfortable 3-1 lead.
The introduction of player-manager Brett Agnew gave a little more power up front, but his best attempt near the end of the game was saved well by the visitor’s keeper.
Though the scoreline would say Town were well beaten, there were hints of good things to come this season. Two standout new players were found in Greening and Walker, who looked in their element against last seasons champions.