SERGEI Kornilenko and Brett Ormerod were on target for the Seasiders but the second string were well-beaten by West Ham’s youngsters.
Despite fielding a strong side, Stephen McPhee’s reserve team lost 4-2 to the Hammers at Bloomfield Road.
Pool adopted a Barcelona-style 4-4-2, with the four in midfield playing in a diamond shape. Malaury Martin was at the tip, with Ludovic Syvlestre playing the holding role. Andy Reid and Keith Southern played on the left and right of the diamond, with Ormerod and Kornilenko up front.
The team had worked on the formation in training for the two days before the game and although it led to come neat attacking moves, it also left Pool wide open to the counter-attack and in the end it cost them.
The first half was all square, with the teams going in locked at 2-2.
Dylan Tombides, an impressive 17-year-old Australian, opened the scoring on 20 minutes after a run through the heart of the defence.
Kornilenko levelled shortly afterwards with a terrific finish from 20 yards, lashing an unstoppable left-footed shot past visiting keeper Ruud Boffin.
Ormerod put the Tangerines 2-1 ahead with a low shot on the turn from the edge of the box - it was a fine finish.
But then West Ham took over. George Moncur equalised for the Hammers before the break - a neat finish after a swift attack - and second half goals from the lively Freddie Sears (the one West Ham player on show with first team experience) and right back Christian Montano ensured the visitors came out on top.
POOL: Mark Halstead (Paul Rachubka 45), Matt Phillips, Chris Basham, Salaheddine Sbai, David Carney, Ludovic Sylvestre, Keith Southern, Andy Reid, Malaury Martin, Sergei Kornilenko (Liam Tomsett 82), Brett Ormerod