A George Lomax hat-trick fired Blackpool’s youth team to derby-day victory against Preston North End on Saturday, completing a league double over The Lilywhites.
It was Pool’s first game of the new year after they had suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the FA Youth Cup to Liverpool on penalties before Christmas.
However, Kyle’s side came racing out of the blocks as Lomax swept Cameron’s cross from the right into the far left corner after only 12 seconds.
The young Seasiders’ lead lasted less than a minute, though, when Whittington collected the ball on the left of the area and curled over Milton into the top right corner to equalise.
Lomax was at it again for Blackpool, however, and he headed Charles’ corner from the left down towards the far corner before a North End defender on the goal line helped it in off the crossbar.
But once again, The Lilywhites came right back at Pool and were denied another leveller, when Jack Ryan headed home Whittingham’s cross, as the striker had fouled Harrison McGahey in the air.
It was end-to-end early in the early stages, and Lomax should have completed his hat-trick inside 20 minutes when he leapt to head over Mitchell Clayton’s deep cross when unmarked.
However, Lomax had a huge hand in the Blackpool’s third goal when his low cross from the inside left nicked off North End midfielder Holmes and past Ross Daulton in goal.
There were two chances for Charles to further increase The Tangerines’ lead before half-time but he scooped over one before missing the target with a header moments later.
HALF-TIME: BLACKPOOL 3-1 PRESTON
North End mad a quick start to the second period, looking to pull themselves back into the match as Holmes drilled over and Whittington sliced his effort up into the air.
Anderton then sent one wide for The Lilywhites, and they were made to pay as Lomax grabbed his hat-trick, and fourteenth of the season, by sliding in Dion Charles’ low centre after a scrap in the Preston penalty box.
North End tried to fight back with Milton having to turn a fierce run and drive from Ryan around his near post, but Blackpool rubbed salt in the wounds in the final ten minutes.
Late Pool substitute Richardson swept Charles’ pull back to the edge of the box in off two defenders, and he scored another at the second attempt from Charles’ next pull back by smashing into the far right corner.
The result extends Blackpool’s lead at the top of the Youth Alliance’s North West table and leaves rivals Preston languishing below mid-table.
FULL-TIME: BLACKPOOL 6-1 PRESTON
BLACKPOOL: Milton; Thurston, Moulden, McGahey, Clayton; Cameron (Rowley, 67), Waddington (Richardson, 74), Staunton-Turner (c), Charles; Telford (Shaw, 63), Lomax.
SUBS: Hunt, Richardson, Rowley, Shaw, Cato.
GOALS: Lomax (3), Richardson (2), Holmes (o.g.).
PRESTON: Daulton; Gray, Sampson, Roscoe, Anderton; Forbes (c), Holmes (Pritchard, 72), Scott, Whittington (Greenop, 55); Magolis (Smith, 55), Ryan.
SUBS: Hagon, Hudson, Smith, Greenop, Pritchard.