Blackpool have hit their stride in this U15 Beta Gold division, Connor Fielding firing a hat-trick in this third straight win.
It wasn’t always as one-sided as the 9-1 scoreline suggests. Although AFC scored early and were always on top, the visitors restricted Martin Allkins’ side to two first-half goals but then the floodgates eventually opened as legs tired.
Besides the free-scoring Fielding, Jake Barrett chipped in with two and the AFC tally at Moor Park was completed by Lewis Carr, David Sanderson and George Parkinson as the hosts piled on the goals in the final 20 minutes.
Parkinson’s was the goal of the game – a great run into the box saw him beat several defenders before sliding the ball home.
Staining manager Simon Hoffman knows that plugging a leaky defence is top priority –his side have conceded at least six in each outing so far.
They have fewer problems at the other end with Zach Creegan in their ranks. Creegan netted 32 last season and has scored in every game so far this. Alas the game was lost by the time he hit the net on Sunday, though his consolation goal was superbly taken – a neat finish after a slick right-to-left passing move.
The weather wasn’t quite as apocalyptic as forecasts had predicted, and although it was very wet and windy, the match was never in doubt on a superb surface.
Neither manager felt the conditions were a factor.
For AFC boss Allkins, the target for the season is clear: “We hope to get promotion, if not win the title, though there are a few good teams in there. We started slowly with a draw but have kicked on since.”
Staining also began the season with a draw but, in contrast, have seen results go downhill since then.
It’s something of a mystery to manager Hoffman, who said: “Last season we started with three wins. Our start this year is difficult to explain because we’ve recruited well and I think we have a better team than 12 months ago.
“I wonder whether bringing in better players has upset the balance.”