Youth Team Preview: Shrewsbury Town (H)

Blackpool host Shrewsbury this weekend in a matchup in the EFL Youth Alliance.

After returning home from cup action, with a win away at Bolton, the young Seasiders are safely through to the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup. 

It was a fantastic performance last time out from Pool as they hit the ground running for the first time in a few weeks after a draw and a loss prior to their last outing.

This weekend, they host Shrewsbury Town at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, home of Bamber Bridge FC. It’s going to be an interesting game against a Shrewsbury side who sit fourth in the table and are going strong. They have only lost once this season, and after only winning three games so far, Blackpool will be looking to hand the Shrews their second defeat of the season.

The Key Man
In their last league match, Shrewsbury beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 and whilst they have lost in the league since, they are a team in fine form and it will be a tough matchup for the Seasiders.

The side from Shropshire like to set their teams up to hit on the break, very similar to how John Murphy sets the young Seasiders up. 
However, striker Jenson Cooper has been a marvel up top so far this season for Shrewsbury and has been a threat for opposing defences all season. He has scored some pivotal goals for them this season and leads the line well for the team who some refer to as the Loggerheads. Blackpool’s defence will need to be on guard to keep Cooper out this weekend.

Who Comes Out On Top?
In a game which should be very close and end to end, both sides will be looking to start the game on the front foot. With both attacks being strong and both teams with ambitions of playing out from the back and on the counter-attack, whoever gets the first goal will be hard to stop; as we saw when Blackpool played Bolton last Saturday.

If the young Seasiders can stop the powerful attack and defend their line well, Murphy’s side should stand a great chance of coming away with the three points. Shrewsbury however, will want to keep up their good start to the season and if they can achieve what Preston North End did a few weeks ago, then the Shropshire based club could have a good day at the office.

Words by Callum Insull

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