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Shaw Scores Twice As Youth Team Win Alliance Cup Game

Under-18s Beat Wrexham 5-1

7 October 2018

Nathan Shaw was the standout performer for Blackpool in their Youth Alliance Cup game against Wrexham, which the under-18s won 5-1.

Shaw was involved in all five of the goals, scoring two, assisting two, and also playing a part in the build up to the fifth.

The youth team’s other goals came courtesy of Will Avon, Ewan Bange and Ryley Smith.

It was the visitors got the game underway, enjoying the early possession in the encounter.

It was Wrexham who registered the first attempt on goal, with a free-kick on the edge of the box hitting the wall before being followed up by a well-hit strike from captain Matthew Sargent, who forced Harvey Simson to claw the ball from the top corner.

Blackpool then got the first goal. A floated Nathan Shaw corner found Will Avon, who leaped above everyone to put pool in front, with that taking him to two goal in two games.

Sean Graham, down the wing, cut back onto his left and whipped a dangerous ball in towards Emil Jaaskelainen, but his header went just over the bar.

With Blackpool pushing forward for more goals, a loose ball in midfield was picked up by the Wrexham captain who played a ball in towards striker Cameron McGregor, he flicked the ball on, but Simson was alert and he was quick to cut out the Wrexham attack.

Again after a Wrexham attack, Blackpool went down the other end and scored a second. Great play from Shaw opened up space for him to cross towards Ewan Bange, who then nodded home from close range.

Blackpool were looking dangerous on the attack, and Bange had the ball in the back of the net again, only to see the linesman with his flag up.            

On the stroke of half-time the ball was in the net again, and this time it stood. The two standout players, Graham and Shaw, were involved. Graham ran down the wing beating his man well, he cut it back for Shaw who slotted it into the bottom corner.

Half-Time: Blackpool 3 Wrexham 0

Almost straight after the break, Blackpool had their fourth. Sean Graham got into the box and his quick feet were too much for the Wrexham defence who brought him down. Nathan Shaw stepped up and fired past the goalkeeper.

Jaaskelainen was then back in action, with great footwork on the edge of the box to find Bange, however his effort sailed over the bar.

Wrexham then had a dangerous attack, they found space, swivelled and shot on target, but it was gathered easily by Simson.

A few minutes later, the visitors had a penalty, after they had a man pulled to the ground. Lewis Parry stepped up for Wrexham and struck it into the bottom corner.

The goal gave the visitors confidence to try and grab another, but after a few dangerous chances Blackpool went up the other end and won a corner in the dying minutes.

Nathan Shaw took it short to try and see the game out, but the ball then found its way to Ryley Smith on the edge of the box, he strode forward and curled an effort past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner to give Blackpool their fifth and final goal.

Full-Time: Blackpool 5 Wrexham 1

Blackpool: Simson, Williams, Winstanley, Smith, Avon (Turner), Beaumont (Liptrott), Graham, Shaw, Bange (Wilson), Jaaskelainen, McGladdery

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