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Report: Penrith 0 Blackpool 4

Posted: Sat 19 Jul 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Friendly Win For Pool

Four first half goals ensured Blackpool’s trip to Penrith would prove a useful exercise, as The Seasiders got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start.

Bobby Grant and Sergei Zenjov were amongst the goal scorers, as a squad of first teamers, trialists and youth team players got a run-out at Frenchfield Park.

Tony McMahon, David Perkins and Charles Dunne also got game time, as Blackpool ran out comfortable winners. 

Blackpool had the first chance of the game, as Zenjov found space down the wing, before dragging a right-footed effort narrowly wide. 

Their positive start continued and The Seasiders were rewarded on 13 minutes. After Mark Waddington was fouled in a dangerous position, Grant’s free-kick eventually found a trialist, who tapped in from a matter of yards out.

On 21 minutes Pool doubled their lead, Grant did well to skip past his man and send the same trialist clean through, he calmly rounded the goalkeeper before rolling home his second goal of the game.

And minutes later Blackpool were well and truly in control. Summer signing Zenjov produced a fine near-post flick - which beat Penrith goalkeeper Josh Richardson - for his first goal in a Pool shirt.

The goals just kept coming, Grant was next to add himself to the scoresheet, firing home a close-range volley to make it 4-0 with less than half an hour gone.

Then the lively Grant again tested Richardson, before the referee called time on the first half.

Half Time: Penrith 0 Blackpool 4

After the break Blackpool continued where they’d left off, as Zenjov prodded a deflected effort wide. 

Next Pool’s midfield trialist bent an impressive effort goalwards and forced a fine save from Richardson. 

As the second period wore on the chances began to dry up, as Blackpool brought Tom Barkhuizen and Dom Telford off the bench with 15 minutes remaining. 

And Barkhuizen was instantly involved, clipping an effort narrowly wide of the mark. The striker then wasted another two chances soon after, before youth team player Luke Higham came off the bench. 

No further chances would follow, as Blackpool ran out 4-0 winners, with all the goals coming in the first half.

Full Time: Penrith 0 Blackpool 4

Team: Trialist, Waddington, Trialist, Perkins, McMahon, Dunne, Zenjov, Trialist, Trialist, Grant, Trialist. 

Subs: Telford, Barkhuizen, Trialist, Higham, Moulden, Gregory, Trialist.