Seasiders Win In The North East
A goal in each half from Connor Oliver and trialist Callum Ball helped Blackpool register victory over Blyth Spartans in the club’s second pre-season friendly.
Midfielder Oliver poked home the opener after good work from Bright Osayi-Samuel down the right wing, before the winger created the sealer after the break.
The youngster’s cross was turned in at the back post by Ball, as The Seasiders continued their positive start to the summer schedule.
Despite the difference in standings, it was the non-leaguers who started the better of the two teams, and last season’s FA Cup hero Robbie Dale stung the palms of Kyle Letheren early on.
Blackpool were struggling to maintain any sort of rhythm in the opening 20 minutes, so were grateful when Michael Richardson’s speculative effort flew wide of the mark.
Despite the early chances for Blyth, Blackpool took the initiative with their first moment of quality. Osayi-Samuel made inroads down the right-hand side, and his centre eventually found Oliver, who was on hand to poke through Adam McHugh’s legs.
From there Pool began to click into gear and should have doubled their lead when Osayi-Samuel lost his composure in front of goal, blazing over a golden opportunity.
Brad Potts then curled an effort into McHugh’s hands, before Richardson tested Letheren with a similar effort.
As the contest edged towards half-time Oliver fired over a well-positioned free-kick, after Mark Cullen had been brought down by a hefty challenge.
Half Time: Blyth Spartans 0 Blackpool 1
The Seasiders made five changes at the break, but continued to create chances. Potts had already blazed wide before McHugh denied both John Herron and Cullen with fine saves.
Neil McDonald gave it until the 57th minute to replace Jarrett Rivers, who received a warm reception from his former supporters at Croft Park, before being replaced by Henry Cameron.
It didn’t take long for the winger to settle into the action and his cross created a good opening for Cullen, who chipped over the crossbar with his second attempt.
The visitors finally doubled their lead 72 minutes in. More good work from Osayi- Samuel almost forced an own goal, but trialist Ball was on hand to complete the job and tap into an empty net.
With two minutes left on the clock Blyth’s Paul Robinson fired an effort just wide of Colin Doyle’s goal, as the final chance of the game came and went.
Full Time: Blyth Spartans 0 Blackpool 2
Team: Letheren (Doyle 45), McNaughton (Aldred 45), Jones, Robertson (Dunne 45), Ferguson (Higham 57), Potts, Oliver (Herron 45), Rivers (Cameron 57), Osayi-Samuel, Redshaw (Ball 45), Cullen.