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23 March 2015

Youth Draw In With Preston

Blackpool Youth were held to a stalemate on derby day, as Preston North End left Squires Gate with a share of the spoils.

Richie Kyle's side will feel aggrieved not to have pick up all the three points, as they missed a host of opportunities in a dominant display against The Lilywhites on a sunny, spring day at Squires Gate.

The Seasiders seemed intent on taking the game to their rivals from the off, a well-worked corner in the opening minute was cleared as Alieu Njie's dummy found Luke Higham lurking in the box.

Elliot Pond led the line well, and two minutes later came his first chance, his shot on the half volley flashing wide of the goalkeeper's far post.

Jack Steele stood-out in midfield, his shot sailed over the bar after eight minutes, with the visitors struggling to get out their own half. Njie and Higham both had shots blocked as the North End defence camped on the edge of their area.

It took 24 minutes for the visitors to get going, a clear-foul in the build-up meant Adam Robinson found the net in vein as the referee had already blown.

Steele was at it again minutes later, dancing confidently through midfield, beating two men before sending another shot over the bar. Njie followed suit soon after, finding space 20 yards out but shooting over as the hosts struggled to test the North End keeper.

James Quigley provided a test for the trialist in goal for Blackpool, his effort was tipped over the bar after half an hour as the visitors tried to snatch a lead they scarcely deserved.

Five minutes before the break and the impressive Njie was at it again, James Doyle's pinpoint delivery was met by the head of the number 17, but his effort rattled the crossbar to keep the scores level.

Into the second-half and the pattern of play continued, Joe Moulden's goal bound header was cleared off the line, before substitute Tyler Rufus blazed a golden opportunity over from six yards out after 65 minutes.

16-year-old Ralph Chea was introduced and looked a menace with a combination of speed and power. With ten minutes remaining, he was sent clear by Rufus, but a clumsy first touch meant he was always stretching and his shot trickled wide of the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Five minutes later and it was the same two again, Rufus hooking a delightful ball over the North End defence to leave Chea one-on-one with the on-rushing goalkeeper. The Blackpool forward managed to get his foot to it first, but it cannoned off Daniel Wallis and the visitors managed to hold-out for a point.

Team: Trialist, Luke Higham, Caleb Richards, Sam Roscoe, Joe Moulden (c), James Doyle, (Ralph Chea 61), Jack Steele, Christian N'Guessan, Alieu Njie, Liam, Robinsion (Tyler Rufus 53), Elliot Pond

Subs not used: Anthony Cato, Macauley Wilson, Kit Gregory

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