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Youth Team's Winning Run Ends

16 March 2015

Kyle's Side Lose Out at Accrington

Blackpool Youth's three-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday as they suffered a narrow defeat to Accrington Stanley at The Store First Stadium.

Jack Hartley cancelled out Luke Higham's equaliser, his second goal in a week, after Nathan Webb had opened the scoring for the hosts.

There were plenty of new faces in the Blackpool side as Richie Kyle continues to build for next season, and it was two in-form teams who faced each other. Stanley also went into the game on the back of three straight wins.

It was the hosts who had the better of the opening exchanges, and within three minutes they had the lead, Webb curling a left footed effort into the top corner.

It only took five minutes for Blackpool to draw level, and it was Higham again. Playing in a more advanced position, he followed up his goal at Oldham by winning a free-kick 25 yards from goal. The young man looked confident and that was justified when he saw his effort bounce in front of the goalkeeper and into the net.

Stanley were being restricted to half chances with Blackpool defending well. Higham was nearly at it again on 29 minutes, his free-kick had the keeper beaten but it went narrowly over the bar.

Only a minute later and the hosts regained the lead. Hartley collecting a cross-field ball from Wolfenden and hitting his shot across the trialist and into the bottom corner.

Jack Steele was brought on for Liam Robinson at half-time as Kyle looked to freshen things up, but chances were few and far between as Stanley looked to cling on to the win.

Christian N'Guessan stung the hands of the Stanley keeper after good link-up play with Elliot Pond on 62 minutes.

Alieu Njie, who scored in midweek, came on with half an hour remaining to try and find the equaliser, and on 87 minutes the substitution nearly paid off. A left-wing Steele cross was met by the head of Njie, but his effort rattled the bar and the keeper gathered the rebound with tangerine shirts lurking.

With all three changes made, Blackpool were forced to play the last few minutes with 10 men as N'Guessan hobbled off with an injury to sum up a disappointing day for the young Seasiders.

Blackpool team: Trialist, Gregory, Williams, Moulden, Richards, Doyle (Njie), Robinson (Steele), N'Guessan, Higham, Agyeman (Rufus), Pond

Subs not used: Cato, Roscoe

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