Blackpool and District Youth League round-up

AFC Blackpool U16 v Clifton Rangers

AFC Blackpool U16 v Clifton Rangers

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Only a handful of games survived in the Gold Bond Blackpool and District Youth Football League after wind and rain battered the Fylde coast.

BJFF Blades went top of the U12s competition as goals from Donny Barratt (2), William Mountford and Matthew Finney gave them a 4-0 win at Layton.

In the U13 Hogan Cup preliminary round, Brody Johnson scored a hat-trick in Foxhall’s (Jacob Leak 2, Adam Rodgers, Rio Louth, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Joshua Loan-Clark) 9-1 win over St Annes (Charlie Shuttleworth-Breen).

In the league, BJFF Blades matched their U12 side by going top with a stunning 11-0 win against Fleetwood Gym.

Owen Mason led the way with a double hat-trick, while Liam grabbed a hat-trick, and Marco Amin and Cameron Bairstow also scored.

Lytham Juniors pulled off a fantastic 5-1 win at BJFF Vipers thanks to a four-goal haul from Rhys Dodd. Max Wiggans scored the other, Liam Skilbeck with Vipers’ consolation.

BJFF Blades U14 managed to climb into second place of the Alpha division after goals from Elliot Williams, Lee McEwan and Jamel Miller gave them a 3-0 win against Kirkham, though BJFF Blues lost 11-4 against YMCA (see facing page).

In the Beta league BJFF Whites remain second after a 7-2 win against South Shore courtesy of goals from Jamie Ellis (2), Ethan Rossie (2), Duncan Magolis, Ben Yau and Ertuncv Ozturk, Shore’s replies both coming from Joesph Curry.

Warton Typhoons Gold are third after a 14-0 win over Foxhall Hoops. Jacob Ellison was the day’s second double hat-trick hero, while there were four from Paul Cain, a brace from Tom Wharton and further goals from Jack Brett and Dylan Williams.

The game of the day was in the U16 Alpha section as old foes YMCA and Foxhall went head to head at Seafield Road.

Foxhall started the top-of-the-table clash brightly and were quickly rewarded when their striker Lee Ashton extended a leg between two YMCA defenders to direct the ball beyond the advancing keeper, giving his side an early lead. 

Despite this early setback, YMCA laid siege to the Foxhall goal in search of an equaliser for much of the first half.

Their best effort came from Nathan Keegan’s header, which the Foxhall keeper turned round the post at full stretch. It remained 1-0 at the interval and YMCA started the second like they did the first.

They went close to levelling the scores when Ross Hart connected with Harry Fisher’s deft chip but a defender cleared his effort off the line. 

Bradley Jones tormented the Foxhall defenders on the left, firing a succession of crosses into the box, but with Foxhall defending well, the final touched proved elusive for the YMCA forwards. 

With just seconds left, Pat Lonsdale was through on goal but sliced his shot wide.

Overall Foxhall’s defence proved too solid for YMCA to penetrate and it was last season’s champions who took all three points. 

There was another top against second clash in the Beta division as AFC Blackpool extended their lead at the top to six points after goals from Declan Penn, Callum Gellatly and Joe Reid gave them a 3-1 victory against Clifton Rangers.

In the U18 league, St Annes missed out on a chance to go second as they were beaten 5-1 at FC Rangers Blacks.

Kieran Clark scored two and further goals came from Danny Roskell, Liam Roney and Luke Harris. Oli Pitt scored St Annes’ goal.

Results and tables on page 28