Seasiders overcome Wigan
Two of Blackpool’s future scholars were in action during the youth team’s 3-2 friendly win against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Youngsters Macauley Wilson and Kit Gregory, who are both part of Pool’s under-16s side, came on in the second half against The Latics and Wilson even grabbed a goal on his under-18s debut.
The pair will sign two-year scholarships with Richie Kyle’s side in the summer, hoping to eventually reach professional terms with the club.
Saturday’s game had been arranged as part of Blackpool’s audit to achieve Category 3 status for the Academy.
Dom Telford opened the scoring for Pool with a neat finish in the second half and, after Wigan had equalised, Wilson restored the lead with a stunning, looping shot from out on the right wing.
Striker George Lomax then created a two-goal advantage at the second attempt late on and, despite The Latics pulling one back with an injury-time penalty, the young Seasiders held on for the win.
Kyle, head of coaching, said afterwards: “I wanted a challenge for the lads and we played Wigan a few weeks ago.
“They’re a strong team and they play the right way. We just wanted to keep the lads ticking over.
“We’ve got a few very important weeks ahead of us so I wanted to keep the momentum going.”
Wilson and Gregory both got a taste of life in the youth team after the break and Kyle was pleased with their cameo performances.
“I wanted to try and integrate them (Wilson and Gregory) a little bit more before the end of the season to give them a little bit of a taste,” said Kyle.
“I thought they both applied themselves really well after being a little bit nervous. It’s a good learning experience and it prepares them well for next year.”
Kyle’s side go back to competitive action on Saturday with a trip to second-from-bottom Wrexham in the North West Youth Alliance (11am kick-off).