Blackpool and District Youth League match of the week: Lytham Maroons Under-13s v Kirkham Reds Under-13s
Kirkham Reds ended the season in style with a 7-0 win which saw them finish above rivals Lytham in the Blackpool and District Youth League's Under-13 Silver Division.
Dom Turner’s hat-trick took him past 40 goals this season for fourth-placed Kirkham in our final AllStars match of the week for the 2016-17 season.
The visitors were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes at Park View playing fields and never looked back.
The outstanding Alfie Redshaw helped himself to two, including a belting drive from outside the box.
Jack Iddeson’s strike and an own goal completed the scoring for Kirkham, who were 5-0 up at half-time.
Lytham did have their chances, particularly some threatening shots from outside the box by the influential Kallum Illingworth.
However, they weren’t helped by losing their goalkeeper to illness early in the game. Kirkham manager Craig Renshaw reflected on a satisfying first season of 11-a-side football.
He said: “It was a very positive season. A lot of teams in our age group are still playing nine-a-side, so this should stand us in good stead for next season.”
Lytham finished a place below in fifth and manager Pat Illingworth admits their season fizzled out towards the end.
He said: “We’ve beaten teams we shouldn’t have this season and lost to teams we shouldn’t have. But we’ve let ourselves down in the last few games and we’re looking forward to regrouping for next season.”
Alfie Renshaw was Kirkham’s man of the match, excelling as a defender and in midfield, while Kallum Illingworth stood out for Lytham, starting up front and then dropping back into a holding role.