Fifth Straight Victory For Richie Kyle's SideBlackpool Youth extended their run to five straight wins after coming from behind to beat Fleetwood Town at Squires Gate.
After a cagey first-half where the reigning Champions were far from their best, an own goal sandwiched in between strikes from Eliot Pond and Dominic Telford cancelled out Conor Smith’s wonderful opener for the Cod Army to seal a 3-1 win.
Fleetwood, who had lost their last four games coming into the match, might have felt slightly aggrieved to come away with nothing having matched Blackpool for large periods of the game.
In an evenly contested first-half, both sides struggled to carve out many clear cut chances. Blackpool were looking to take control but were struggling to break down a well organised Fleetwood side.
Despite the early control for the home side, it was Fleetwood who had the first chance on 15 minutes. The impressive Smith sending a sign of things to come, as his 25-yard free-kick just missed the target with goalkeeper Daniel Milton beaten.
Two minutes later, Blackpool responded with a rasping drive of their own, Macauley Wilson with a thunderous drive from the edge of the area which skimmed the far post.
Back came Fleetwood, with good work down the left allowing Jordan Hancox to get a head in on goal but his effort was straight at Milton.
By now, Town were growing in confidence as The Seasiders laboured. Their usual passing game was disrupted and clear-cut chances were of a minimum.
The away side’s pressing was forcing errors, and after 30 minutes, Lewis Myers spotted ‘keeper Milton off his line. His lobbed effort was wide but at his point, if anyone was going to score, it was going to be Fleetwood.
One player who impressed throughout was Joe Moulden at the back. He orchestrated Blackpool’s improvement and might feel like he should have scored after 36 minutes when he found himself five yards out but his effort was deflected over by the defender.
Captain Mark Waddington saw his looping header sail just past the post as the first-half drew to a close. As the players trudged off for half-time, Blackpool knew they’d have to improve if they were going to get the win they craved.
Four minutes into the second-half and Fleetwood took the lead. Conor Smith lined up a free kick 25-yards from goal. Three steps back and a puff of the chest, Smith curled his effort expertly into the top corner past the despairing Milton. Now the away side had something to protect, and it was a mountain to climb for Richie Kyle’s side.
In hindsight, conceding was just what Blackpool needed. They relentlessly attacked for an equaliser. It was very much a case of when rather than if they would score. After the hour mark following good work from substitute Jack Steele down the left, he fed in Elliot Pond who made no mistake, shooting low and hard, through the goalkeepers legs. Game on.
Five minutes later, the match was turned on its head. A dangerous ball whipped in by Telford took a deflection off a Fleetwood defender. 2-1 and normality was restored.
Telford then finished expertly from the edge of the area following good work from Henry Cameron to make it three after 68 minutes, and from then, the game was over.
Blackpool saw out the last 20 minutes with little threat. Their passing was crisp and Fleetwood had nothing left to offer. A late drive from Telford was the only thing which threatened the score-line.