Goals from Dion Charles, Harrison McGahey and George Lomax gave the young Seasiders a third straight victory in the North West Youth Alliance at Accrington Stanley.
Having beaten both Walsall and Burnley in league games beforehand, Richie Kyle’s side saw off a Stanley fightback to warm up nicely for next week’s first-round cup tie against Burnley.
Pool took a two-goal lead through Charles and McGahey before Accrington replied ahead of half-time. And the home side, playing at the first team’s Store First Stadium, levelled the contest after the interval. But Charles and Lomax both stepped up to secure another three points for the travelling Tangerines – beating a side that they had already seen off once in pre-season.
The result delighted Kyle, Head of Coaching for the youth team, after Pool had only been averaging a goal a game from their first six.
“It’s three wins on the bounce and we scored four goals so I’m really happy with that,” said Kyle.
“It was a tough game, Accrington turned it into a real contest and competed well. We managed to weather the storm after they came back and I thought we were more in control in the second half.”
Defender Joe Moulden was forced off through injury at half-time, and Pool have a couple of other niggling problems ahead of their Youth Alliance Cup match at home to Burnley next Saturday.
“Joe (Moulden) is going for a scan on his back so we’ll see how that turns out,” Kyle said.
“We’ve got plenty of players who can fill the boots of the lads who might not be fit, and we treat a cup match like every other game. We want to win, we’ve got a winning mentality going and we will go over the game against Burnley again in preparation.
“Burnley were a good side, their midfielders were good on the ball, but I believe we can win every game we play with the right mentality.”