Doyle Header Enough To See Off MorecambeA first-half header from James Doyle secured a 1-0 win for the youth team against Morecambe yesterday.
Lewis Wainwright played a looping ball into the box that Doyle met with an inch perfect header that went into the back of the net via the post.
Ciaran Donnelly’s side went close on numerous occasions but could not extend their one-goal lead.
Just after the restart, Jack Newton went agonisingly close to getting a second goal for Blackpool when he struck the bar with a powerful shot from outside the box.
In the first half, Kit Gregory went close when he headed a cross by Wainwright just inches wide of the goal.
Rowan Roache’s also found himself inches off target with a free-kick from 25 yards.
Overall it was a solid performance by the youth team, who restricted their hosts to a couple of half chances.
The performance stands them in good stead ahead of their next match on Tuesday against Bury, who currently sit joint second in the North West Youth Alliance league table.
Assistant Manager John Murphy said: “It wasn’t a pretty win. It was a battle. The pitch wasn’t great and there was a lot of wind but at the end of the day, we’ve won 1-0 and come away with the points so can’t really complain.
“They (the Under-16 players) have done terrifically well. Lewis Wainwright has run his proverbial socks off, Dylan (Sumner) has come on and done well and I’ve never seen an under-16 player make as many tackles as Jack Newton did.”