Normality resumed for the youth team yesterday afternoon, as Danny Ventre’s men recorded a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town.
Matthew Liptrott’s first-half strike was the difference at the end of the 90 to ensure all three points went the Seasiders’ way.
Liptrott returned from injury to captain the side while Charlie Monks returned between the sticks after completing his one-match suspension.
The Seasiders came out with a point to prove after Tuesday’s defeat, and they nearly took the lead after two minutes when Joe Strawn struck from distance, though his effort went just wide.
Liptrott looked eager to get involved in the thick of things on his return, which he nearly did after threading a ball through the Shrewsbury defence to Brad Holmes, but the onrushing Bevan cleared any danger.
Rob Apter then set off on one of his direct, tricky runs to eventually cross to Jak Wood at the back post, who powerfully met the cross to head towards goal. However, he was deemed to have fouled in the build-up.
Apter was creating chance after chance. This time, he chipped a ball towards the head of Holmes, but he couldn’t generate enough power to divert his header goalwards.
‘Pool were in the ascendency. Jack Moore fancied his chances at creating the opening as he whipped a delicious ball into the area where Holmes was waiting. The striker connected with the cross this time to head just wide.
Then, the breakthrough came. A corner floated into the 18-yard box was cleared by Shrewsbury and recycled by Moore into Sky Sinclair. His shot deflected into Liptrott’s path, who made no mistake to poke home from two yards out on the stroke of half-time.
Half-Time: Blackpool 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
Ventre’s side came out for the second half looking to kick on, but they had to be on their guard after Nigel Aris struck the post in what was Shrewsbury’s first real attempt of the game.
After the little scare, ‘Pool came forward through James Harrison, who cut inside on his right foot and hit a ferocious, dipping effort towards goal but somehow, Bevan got a glove on the strike to send it away from goal.
Harrison, again, almost identical to his first, cut in and fired towards goal, with Bevan once more parrying away the danger.
The Seasiders were hunting for a second of the afternoon in what was a tightly contested game. Holmes beat the offside trap to get to the byline and fizz a ball across the face of goal to Apter, though the Shrews defence did well to clear.
Jack Moore, who put in a colossal display, saw Aris bursting down the wing at pace, but he simply ushered him out to relieve the pressure.
The longer the game went on, the more the visitors felt they could get something. Monks had to scamper across goal to keep a dangerous strike from Aris out.
Then, in the dying embers of the game, a heart in mouth moment occurred. ‘Pool couldn’t get the ball clear, bodies were flying everywhere, and the Blackpool bench were holding their breath, but Luke Mariette was there to boot the ball clear and away from goal.
Full-Time: Blackpool 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
Blackpool: Monks, Moore, Wood, Sinclair, Fitzgerald, Liptrott (66’ Trusty), Apter, Strawn, Holmes, Mariette, Harrison (88’ Matshazi).
Unused subs: McLachlan, Goumou, Rogers.