AFC Blackpool's U17s claim battling victory

AFC Blackpool’s U17s were 1-0 winners against Lancaster City in their first home game in the very competitive North West Youth Alliance.
AFC Blackpool's youngsters claimed victory   Picture: Adam GeeAFC Blackpool's youngsters claimed victory   Picture: Adam Gee
AFC Blackpool's youngsters claimed victory Picture: Adam Gee

The AFC players had gone into the game, looking to carry on from their 5-0 away win against Wythenshawe Amateurs.

The game started with Lancaster showing signs that they were a very decent footballing side as they did not give the AFC players time to settle.

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Much of the first half was a very tough midfield battle with AFC limiting Lancaster to a few speculative attempts.

They also created a few good chances for themselves which went begging as the first half ended goalless.

Both sides made a change at half-time and the game carried on in the same vein as the opening period.

It was going to take something special to break either of the very well-drilled defences and that arrived in the 70th minute.

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AFC striker Charlie Simmons won a 50-50 tackle on the halfway line before driving forward and finding Ryan Perkes on the edge of the area.

Perkes then took a touch and, with a fantastic finish, slammed the ball home from around 12 yards out.

The goal seemed to spur on Lancaster and they had a few chances to equalise as they pushed the AFC defence hard.

However, AFC stood firm with keeper Kian Dodgson making a smart save towards the end of the game to keep their clean sheet intact.