Mariette: A Good Month For The Youth Team

It has been quite a good month for Blackpool’s youth academy and the U19’s are really stepping up lately. Having won three of their four games in November, one of the stars in the team, Luke Mariette, is keen to keep up the good performances.

After beating Bolton Wanderers 4-1 away from home in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup, the young Seasiders also secured victories over Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic and Port Vale.
The young Seasiders are putting in some fantastic performances as of late and it is also showing in the Wales U19’s midfielder’s play.

“This month has been a good one for us, by picking up good wins and not losing a league game yet in the month is positive," Mariette said.

The teams within the EFL Youth Alliance are always tough and every side poses a different threat. Mariette holds the midfield with fellow central man, Tayt Trusty and the pair are a dangerous duo for any attackers hoping to break Blackpool down.

“I think I can help this team by using my experience as I played so much last year and I know I’m one of the older figures in the team. I hope that I can influence the team in a positive way and I hope in the future that I could see myself in and around the first team.”

The academy is forever growing and the players in the U19’s side know they have to be putting in 100% performances week in week out. 

“As a group we have stuck together and shown in the Shrewsbury game and the performances have been very good. Even though Walsall are not doing too well at this stage, it is vital we go into the game knowing it will be tough as any other game. We need to not go into it too over confident because that is not the mentality to have. It is always crucial to be in the mindset of it will be a tough game.”

Walsall picked up their first point of the season last weekend against Preston North End, who beat Blackpool 1-0 at the end of last month.

Blackpool should feel good about their chances, given the form they are in, and Mariette knows that they need to keep putting in good performances on a consistent basis to keep momentum going.

By Callum Insull

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