Richie Kyle hailed one of the youth team’s ‘best performances of the season’ as they beat rivals Preston North End 6-1 at Squires Gate on Saturday.
The young Seasiders needed just 12 seconds to take the lead through George Lomax, who went on to grab a hat-trick, while Rowan Richardson also grabbed two in an annihilation of North End.
It was Pool’s second biggest win of the season after a 7-1 victory at Morecambe in October and Kyle, Head of Coaching, was pleased to see his side return from the festive break in full swing.
“We absolutely dominated Preston,” said Kyle. “It was up there with our best performances of the season.”
“We were brave, we passed the ball well and I was so pleased to see the lads playing at the top of their game once again.”
“We attacked from the kick-off and before you know it we’re in front, but we were disappointed with their goal.
“It looked like it was going to be a clash of swords after the opening minute with how fast the first three goals went in.”
Lomax could have completed his hat-trick in the first half although he did have a hand in Blackpool’s third when his low cross was turned in for an own goal by Sean Holmes.
The striker only returned to training with the team last Tuesday after suffering a groin strain in the FA Youth Cup defeat to Liverpool, so Kyle was pleased to welcome back the now 14-goal marksman.
“I was worried about George (Lomax),I thought he had no chance of playing after only returning to training in the week,” said Kyle.
“He looked like a player who had never been away. He will take all the plaudits, but I thought every one of the lads was outstanding as well.”
With 15 minutes to go, Kyle brought on substitute Richardson, who spent most of the season playing at right full back, and it paid off as he scored twice from an attacking position.
Kyle said: “Rowan (Richardson) was actually played in the number ten position when I first came here. He was filling in at full back before we got clearance to play Connor Thurston.
“He’s a good footballer and a natural at getting into good positions, and you could see that with the two goals he scored.”
Richardson was teed up for both strikes by winger Dion Charles, who tormented The Lilywhites’ backline throughout and earned the praise of an impressed Kyle.
“Everyone knows Dion has the ability,” Kyle said. “He’s a great dribbler of the ball and there aren’t many of them in the game.
“He has natural ability and his end product was much improved against Preston because he’s come back from the break with a fantastic attitude.”
Both midfielders Mark Waddington and Henry Cameron played more than half an hour at Squires Gate before being rushed off to sit on the bench for the first-team for the first time against Middlesbrough.
Kyle said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for them both as first-year scholars to be on the bench at Championship level.
“Henry (Cameron) is only 16 and Mark (Waddington) is 17 so they’re still young and now they’ve had a taste they’ll only want to better themselves.”
The youth team now turn their attentions to a Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup quarter-final at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday afternoon.
Pool secured a 1-0 victory at Tranmere in the first round thanks to a goal from Lomax, and Kyle, who will miss the game, sees it as a nice break from the league.
“It’s nice to step away from the league every so often, but we still want to win every game and maintain that winning mentality,” said Kyle.
The young Seasiders are back in league action with a trip to Carlisle on 18 January.