Richie Kyle's Side Lose 2-1Blackpool Youth's winless run continues after slipping to a 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe on Saturday.
The young Seasiders had raced into a deserved half-time lead through Elliot Pond, but two quick-fire second-half goals in controversial circumstances snatched victory for the hosts in a game Richie Kyle's side dominated from start to finish.
With Dom Telford, Mark Waddington and Henry Cameron now regulars for Lee Clark's first-team, coupled with a few injuries, Kyle once again had to shuffle the pack. Blackpool lined up with no fewer than eight first-year scholars, and included a trialist in goal, who'd only had one day training with the team.
Despite the inexperience it was Kyle's side who started the better, Higham going close with a header after 15 minutes which just cleared the crossbar from a pin-point James Doyle corner.
The trialist was only called into action once in the first-half, and along with an accomplished display where he commanded his area with ease, he produced a stunning close-range save to deny the Morecambe forward a goal after 20 minutes.
That scare sparked The Seasiders into life, Tyler Rufus missing a glorious opportunity before the away side took the lead. The excellent Doyle's stunning through ball found Pond, and the young striker made no mistake, firing hard and low into the back of the net.
Young Doyle's composure on the ball and delivery was apparent throughout, his man of the match display was nearly capped with a second assist before half-time, another floated cross but this time Pond headed over.
The hosts had offered little, but in the second-half they soon leveled things up. Charlie Bailey equalised much to Blackpool's dismay, as there was a clear foul on a Pool defender in the lead up to the goal.
By the 53rd minute, Blackpool were behind. The referee deemed a back-pass to the trialst in goal as deliberate. An indirect free-kick was awarded, which was squared to Louis Tomlinson, who made no mistake at the far post.
The Seasiders were shell-shocked, having fallen behind in a match they had complete control, they pressed for an equaliser, Kit Gregory with good wing-play but a goalmouth scramble involving Pond and Alieu Njie came to nothing.
Njie was playing a more advanced role, and had another effort on 76 minutes which was straight at Morecambe's keeper.
Bright Samuel was industrious down the left-hand side but was struggling to create much as The Shrimps sat deeper and deeper. Rufus had a late effort flash wide of the post, but the home side clung one for three points they scarcely deserved.
Blackpool Team: Trialist, Kit Gregory, Luke Higham, Joe Moulden, Sam Roscoe, James Doyle, Anthony Cato (Rhys Coogan '73), Alieu Njie, Tyler Rufus, Bright Samuel, Elliot Pond.