Futsal Cup a learning curve for Blackpool

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Year 10 and 11 students from LSA High Technology College represented Blackpool FC Community Trust in the Under-16s’ National EFL Trust Futsal Cup in Derby.

lackpool were drawn in Group A alongside Fleetwood Town, Bradford City and Mansfield Town.

Blackpool’s opener was against Bradford City as the Seasiders lost 3-2 after Bradford raced into a 3-0 lead.

Goals from Cian Menzies and an own goal were not enough to prevent an opening defeat.

Blackpool’s second game saw them take on Baines, representing Fleetwood Town.

Blackpool played much better in this fixture but struggled to cope with Fleetwood’s counter attack and eventually lost 4-2, with their goals coming from Menzies and James Ludlum.

The last game saw Blackpool take on Mansfield Town, needing to win by four goals to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Mansfield took an early 2-0 lead but Blackpool replied brilliantly, levelling at 2-2 and then at 3-3 before conceding another goal with seconds remaining as Mansfield won 4-3.

Trust Football Development Officer, Alex Taylor, said: “It was a great experience for the students who were talented individual football players making the transition to Futsal.”

Contact 01253 348691for more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Futsal programmes.