AFC Blackpool take all 3 points against resilient Ilkley

Despite battling hard, Ilkley Town AFC fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat as AFC Blackpool moved into the top three in the First Division North, writes Evan Seaman.  

 
The hosts took an early lead in the eighth minute when Brendan O’Brien picked up a loose ball before making the score 1-0. 
 
Then there was a quickfire double for AFC Blackpool in the 10th minute when James Hughes gave it to Jacob Gregory who fired home, despite Ilkley protesting for handball, to give them a two-goal cushion.  
 
Ilkley had an opportunity from a corner as the cross was floated into Nicc Hewitt who headed towards goal which was parried away by Daniel Hall.  
 

Just before half time the Baht 'atters won a free-kick on the edge of the box but Harry Brown’s attempt at goal went straight at the wall.  

The home side had the first chance of the second half when Oscar Radcliffe got into space on the edge of the box but his shot was parried away by Adam Montague-Millar.  
 
But the visitors grew into the game and got a goal back when Harry Brown dribbled down the left flank before squaring it across the box to striker Kevin Gonzalez who halved the deficit.  
 

Aaron Davis had a chance to level terms but his attempt at goal was well saved by Hall to keep the score at 2-1. 

Then the visitors hit the woodwork twice, first when their corner almost went straight in and then Tom Fleming’s header hit the post before going wide. 
 

However, AFC Blackpool clung on for the three points. The result means Ilkley drop one place to 16th with 9 points from 11 games. 

Next up for the Baht 'atters is Campion away on Tuesday before they host Cleator Moor Celtic on Saturday, 2nd of October.