Blackpool and District Youth League match of the week: Poulton Town and Layton Clarets in 10-goal spectacular
Our second exhilarating Blackpool and District Youth Football League match of the week showed exactly what everyone involved had been missing during lockdown.
Three times Layton found themselves two goals down but they fought back valiantly, scoring twice in the final five minutes for a 5-5 draw.
Both sides defied adversity - Poulton playing their first match of 2021 and Layton with only one player on the bench - to produce a rip-roaring contest.
Seven of the 10 goals came in a first half, which ended with the home side 4-3 ahead.
Luke Stanton scored Layton's hat-trick on only his second game for the club, starting their comeback from 2-0 down and sealing the draw with a penalty in the closing moments.
Archie Addison came off the bench to score three for Poulton, Ollie Hulme adding the other two.
Layton's other two goals came via Korey Willis and an own goal, though defender Joel Walker reckoned he got the faintest touch and so was happy to claim it.
Layton manager Paul Precious said: "Ten goals, including a penalty for each side, sun shining and a perfect day for football. What more could you want?
"Poulton had fresh legs off the bench but we worked our socks off. Either team could have grasped the victory and hats off to Poulton for their work rate and passion.
His Poulton counterpart Steve Malone was just as complimentary and said: "It was a good game and all credit to Layton for playing really well.
"We brought some of our better players off the bench and looked comfortable at 5-3 but Layton never gave up. They are much-improved and deserved their point."
Both teams named their three-goal scorer as man of the match.
Midfielder Stanton has joined the side "with all guns blazing" according to team boss Precious, while the arrival of Addison "really made a difference" in the view of his manager Malone .
Both managers also agreed that a revamped season running until the end of June is just what the doctor ordered after months off the pitch.
Paul Precious said: "It had been terrible for the kids during the lockdown, so it's great to be back in the swing of things."
Steve Malone added: "Kids just want to play football and that's great."
And they can do it all again very soon, the teams having been paired together in the first round of the Hogan Cup.
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