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Youth Team Draw With Walsall

22 January 2017

Sims' Penalty Save Secures Point

The youth team secured a hard-fought point in a 0-0 draw against Walsall, with Jack Sims pulling off a vital penalty save.

Neither side had many chances in a tight game, but Ciaran Donnelly’s team were thankful to Sims after the goalkeeper saved a second-half penalty.

After a quiet start to the top-of-the-table clash, the first chance fell to Walsall when Ethan Freemantle found space on the right and flashed a shot wide of the goal.

At the other end of the pitch, Finlay Sinclair-Smith whipped in a dangerous cross that Tyler Rufus poked just off target.

Rufus had another chance a few minutes later, as the striker turned and found space to get a shot away that was well saved by the goalkeeper.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Walsall 0

Just minutes into the second-half Blackpool conceded a penalty for a foul in the area. With Cameron Peters stepping up to take it, The Seasiders feared the worst but Sims saved his effort and then reacted superbly to block the rebound.

At the hour mark, Caleb Richards had an effort from 30 yards but his ambitious shot blazed over the goal.

Despite both teams trying to break the deadlock, the defences held resolute to take a point apiece.

The result means that The Seasiders remain two points clear of Walsall at the top of the North West Youth Alliance table.

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