First-half goals from Henry Cameron and George Lomax fired Blackpool’s youth team to victory at Burnley’s Gawthorpe Training Ground on Saturday.
The young Seasiders opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Cameron raced onto Dom Telford’s through ball, before rounding Clarets goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs and finding the empty net.
Lomax then doubled Pool’s lead before the half-hour mark with a low strike into Jakovlevs’ far corner from outside the box, keeping The Tangerines in a commanding position at the top of the Youth Alliance’s North West table.
Having waited three weeks to play a competitive game - the last coming against Fleetwood Town - head of coaching Richie Kyle named the same side that thrashed The Cod Army 5-0.
The young Seasiders had to soak up a lot of early Burnley possession. However, they had the first effort on goal when Dion Charles cut in from the left and forced Jakovlevs to parry his low drive from outside the box.
And then they caught The Clarets on the counter attack when Telford sent Cameron down the inside right, and after the winger had speeded onto the ball, he took it past the oncoming Jakovlevs and onto his right foot before sending a high finish into the empty net.
Burnley continued to play with a high line, although there was little they could do about Pool’s second goal in the 25th minute.
Lomax collected the ball midway through the Clarets’ half, cut onto his right foot and unleashed a fierce low drive which flew low into the far left corner, with Jakovlevs at full stretch, for his 17th goal of the season.
Much of Blackpool’s best play was coming through the centre of the field, and when Charles made a lung-busting run through the middle, the winger was unfortunate to see his long range effort skim wide of the far corner before the break.
Half-Time: Burnley 0-2 Blackpool
The young Seasiders started the second period as they ended the first, on the attack, and Charles went close to finding a third goal when he narrowly placed the ball wide of the far post from the left of the area.
Lomax could have grabbed his second and finished the match off before the hour mark, but the striker headed over Cameron’s cross to the far post when unmarked in the box.
And he got another chance to bury the game but, after robbing Whitmore near the six-yard box, his low effort to the far corner was tipped away by Jakovlevs.
Burnley began to pose more threat as the game reached its climax and Christian Hill, a Blackpool-born winger, should have pulled a goal back when he blasted wide of the left post in acres of space on the edge of the box.
The Clarets then came even closer with less than ten minutes remaining, when Ntumba Massanka’s low strike was blocked on the goal-line by Pool defender Joe Moulden.
Hunt also had to remain sharp and parry away a fierce drive from the left of the area by Hill. However, Blackpool held on to secure a clean sheet and continue their momentum at the top of the North West table.
Full-Time: Burnley 0-2 Blackpool
BLACKPOOL:(4-4-2) Hunt; Thurston, Moulden, McGahey, Higham; Cameron, Staunton-Turner (c), Waddington, Charles; Telford (Richardson, 81), Lomax (Ready, 86).
SUBS: Milton, Richardson, Clayton, Shaw, Ready.
GOALS: Cameron, Lomax.
BURNLEY: (4-2-3-1) Jakovlevs; El-Fitouri, Richardson, Whitmore (c), Holt; Lowe, Wilson; Hill, Galvan (Dollins, 58), Jackson (Nuttall, 71); Massanka.
SUBS: Mitchell, Hobson, Daly, Nuttall, Dollins.