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Youth Defeated By Wrexham

2 February 2015

Seasiders Lose Out

Blackpool Youth are in still search of that elusive first win of 2015 after the side suffered a 4-0 defeat away at Wrexham.

Richie Kyle’s men missed a crucial penalty with 20 minutes remaining when his side were only 2-0 down, with Wrexham going on to score another two in the closing stages of the match.
The Seasiders were without captain Mark Waddington and top goalscorer Dom Telford due to their involvement with the first-team. 

Wrexham had the first real effort of the match after eight minutes when Daniel Reynolds produced a tame effort from the edge of the 18-yard box, which was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Daniel Milton.

The Welsh side were looking the more dangerous of the two sides and defender Jake Doran had a glorious opportunity to hand the home side the lead, however he could not divert his diving header on target from just a couple yards out.

Blackpool had their best chances of the first half on the 23rd minute with the Wrexham keeper, Adam Whitlock, producing two good saves to deny Elliott Pond and Bright Samuel. Pool striker Pond was slipped through and was quickly pounced on by the keeper with the ball finding its way to Samuel, whose curling effort was tipped around the post by Whitlock.

Just as The Seasiders were seemingly coming more and more into the game, Wrexham were awarded a penalty on the 31st minute after a mistimed challenge from defender Alieu Njie.

Milton was unable to recreate his penalty save from last time the two sides met and The Dragons captain Iwan Cartwright passed the ball into the middle of the net with the Canadian keeper diving to his right.

Both sides had a chance each to score after the first goal before half-time, with Jack Davies forcing a brilliant save from Milton and a fantastic cross from left-back Luke Higham found Pond unmarked for Blackpool, with the striker struggling to make any real contact with the ball as it floated wide.

With Blackpool only a goal down at the break, Kyle decided to make early changes to freshen things up with Tyler Rufus and Jack Steele replacing Kit Gregory and Rhys Coogan on the 50th minute and James Doyle coming on for Rowan Richardson after 60 minutes.

The Seasiders were finding it hard to break down the Wrexham defence and on the 70th minute Kyle’s men found themselves two goals down. Joe Williams beat his man inside the box before the striker smashed home from the six-yard box, leaving Milton with no chance.

Although arguably against the run of play Blackpool had a fantastic opportunity to half the deficit just minutes later after Samuel won a penalty cleverly. Pond’s penalty was well saved by Whitlock with the keeper stretching to his left to deny Blackpool.

Blackpool were coming up against a keeper in form, with Rufus’ 81st minute close range effort producing an impressive reaction save from Whitlock.

Pool were looking deflated and never really looked like mounting a comeback and Wrexham doubled their two-goal lead late on with a curling long rage effort from Reynolds and a tap in from Adam Samuel, handing Blackpool their worst defeat of the season.

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