Richie Kyle declared the youth team’s season ‘starts from here’ after a resounding 3-0 victory at Walsall in the Football League’s North West Youth Alliance.
Goals from Mitchell Clayton, Mark Waddington and Henry Cameron recorded Blackpool’s second league win in the West Midlands – the first arriving at Shrewsbury in their opening fixture.
Two draws before a defeat to Rochdale soon followed, so the Academy’s Head of Coaching believes now is the time for his new side to kick on.
“All the hard work we’ve put in over the past two and a half months really came together against Walsall,” said Kyle.
“Our season starts now. We showed bits in the previous games where I thought we would get going, but we had a lot to prove from the last game against Rochdale.
“We hadn’t been as clinical in the final third, but I thought that when we had the chances against Walsall, we put them away. It was a great effort from all the lads.”
The young Tangerines took the lead through Clayton’s free-kick in the first-half – the full back curling his free-kick from out near the byline right into Walsall’s top corner.
Kyle said: “I was having a go at Mitch (Clayton) because he hit a few set pieces that weren’t up to his usual standards. He’s got such high standards and a great left foot.
“I just told him to concentrate on his technique before he stepped up, and I’m not too sure whether it was a shot or a cross, but what he has got is quality in that left foot.”
Waddington added a second from Higham’s cross, controlling the ball before an ice-cool finish, and Dom Telford fed Cameron for a third towards the end.
Kyle was pleased with the three goals and, just as importantly, a clean sheet to boot.
“Defensively, we were outstanding, and when we were on the ball we showed lots of quality and were clinical,” he said. “Our theme in training recently has been defending. We’ve worked on being hard to beat, pressing, knowing when to press and how to press.
“To finish off, I said to my two centre-backs how outstanding they were. They defended, they headed everything, always clearing the ball and also showing quality when on the ball.”
The youth team have no fixture scheduled for next Saturday, although Kyle is looking to arrange a friendly to build on the Tangerines’ momentum.
“I said to the lads that I wish we had a game next week. We want to keep the fitness levels and the standard going,” he said. “We’re hoping to arrange a friendly for Saturday to keep the ball rolling. This was a great win for the lads and we want to keep it going.”