The young Seasiders earned a second consecutive win in the North West Youth Alliance, as Danny Ventre’s men ran out 2-0 winners over Walsall on Saturday.
A game of two halves was finally brought to life, thanks to goals from Luke Mariette and Max Rogers just ten minutes apart.
Alec McLachlan replaced the injured Charlie Monks in goal, while Tayt Trusty and Arnold Matshazi came into the side to replace Rob Apter and Brad Holmes, who both travelled with Neil Critchley’s side to Oxford.
The visitors started brightly, winning a free-kick deep into the Blackpool half and whipping the set-piece into the danger zone, though Joe Strawn was in the right place at the right time to clear.
It was then end-to-end as Tayt Trusty, who was back in the starting eleven, brought ‘Pool forward on the attack, only for him to shoot high and wide.
Walsall then took it upon themselves to mount an attack - however, Alec McLachlan was more than equal to Jack Lynch’s well-driven effort from just inside the area.
There was hardly any time to catch a breath, with Luke Mariette driving forward, looking to weave his way in on goal, but as he looked to have successfully made his way past the Walsall defence, a last-ditch tackle came in to snatch the ball away from him.
Ventre’s side were trying everything to unlock the door. This time, James Harrison forced his way into the area to poke an effort goalwards, but Tommy Jackson gathered with ease.
Blackpool started to stamp their authority on the game through Arnold Matshazi when he drove in from the left and stung the palms of Jackson, who stood firm to deny him.
Just before the break, McLachlan did well to deny the visitors of an opener, sending his side in at the break level.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0-0 Walsall
A motivated ‘Pool came out for the second half firing on all cylinders, and it was Jak Wood who got his side going when he ventured forward, cut in from the right, and shot just wide of the post.
Although Wood didn’t put his side ahead, it put his side on the front foot and heading in the right direction. That then led to Matshazi floating a cross towards Strawn at the back post, but his guided header travelled inches over the bar.
Looking to spark even more life into the game, Ventre threw Ellis Wilson on up top, and he made an instant impact, crossing from the left into Luke Mariette, who slotted calmly past Jackson.
At 1-0, the game was on a knife-edge. However, another substitution paid off for the coaching staff when Max Rogers was introduced.
Jak Wood burst down the left with a darting run and flashed a ball across the face of goal where Rogers was waiting to turn the ball home and give ‘Pool a clear advantage.
Rogers was causing problems in the short time he was on the pitch, and he nearly added another goal to his name, but he fired wide.
U16’s midfielder, Luke Byron, was handed a debut by Danny Ventre with just five minutes left on the clock, and it was nearly a debut to remember, but he couldn’t quite latch onto a cross from the right to add a third.
Full-Time: Blackpool 2-0 Walsall
Blackpool: McLachlan, Moore, Wood (79’ Goumou), Sinclair, Fitzgerald, Trusty, Matshazi (65’ Wilson), Mariette, Harrison (74’ Rogers), Liptrott (85’ Byron), Strawn.
Unused subs: Squires.