Richie Kyle's Side Beat Carlisle
Blackpool’s youth team moved up to second in the North West Youth Alliance with a 3-0 win over Carlisle United at Squires Gate on Saturday.
Goals from Joe Moulden, Mark Waddington and Henry Cameron sealed the points as Pool extended their unbeaten run to nine games, which includes eight wins.
Moulden opened the scoring with a header from Connor Ready’s corner in the first-half and, after Waddington volleyed home a second following the break, Cameron’s curling effort finished off the Cumbrian side late on.
On his return from injury, Moulden slotted straight back into the young Tangerines line-up and formed a solid rear-guard alongside youth-team captain Harrison McGahey.
It laid the foundations for Pool to push forward and they started strongly, moving the ball well and going close through George Lomax in the opening five minutes.
The striker lashed a shot just wide of Lewis Brass’ right post before Ready took aim - flashing an effort past Brass’ opposite post following an intricate passing move.
Ready saw another attempt deflect out for a corner although, from the resulting set-piece, his cross was met by the head of Moulden, who rose highest at the near post to give Pool the lead.
Carlisle struggled to make their mark on the game - the closest they came was Tom White’s long-range drive which rattled the Blackpool crossbar with Connor Hunt beaten in goal.
Ready so nearly added a second for Pool before the break, though, as he met Cameron’s low cross from the right but smashed his first-time volley over the crossbar.
And Lomax was a toe’s length away from connecting with Ready’s next drive, which just missed Brass’s far post.
The young Seasiders held a slender one-goal advantage at half-time but came out hunting for more in the second period.
Mitch Clayton, a set-piece specialist, whipped a free-kick from out on the right touchline towards Brass’s far post, and the goalkeeper was forced to punch the powerful strike against his own crossbar.
Pool sensed a second goal was coming and thought they had it when Lomax met Cameron’s cross from the right with a free header, but the in-form striker directed his attempt straight at Brass.
However, Richie Kyle’s side grabbed a crucial second strike after the hour mark with Dion Charles finding Clayton in space. The full back then drilled a low cross into the box and Waddington, at the near post, volleyed into the far corner to score for the second game running.
Lomax went close with another header before the third, meeting Ready’s corner from the left at the near post and seeing his flick cleared off the line by Jack Elliott.
The third, involving Lomax, came when Cameron collected the striker’s pass on the inside left and curled the ball into the top right corner past the oncoming Brass, making it his third strike in two games.
Substitute Ashley Rowley was nearly in for a fourth after checking back on to his right foot before finding Carlisle’s side netting although, in the end, it was the perfect warm-up ahead of a crunch clash with Preston North End at Victory Park next Saturday.