There may not have been a great deal at stake, but Blackpool Rangers and Foxhall Hoops staged an entertaining, all-action under-18 contest at Cottam Hall for our final Blackpool and District Youth League match of the week this season.
The Hoops were secure in third place and Rangers in mid-table but they played out an engrossing 2-2 draw in Poulton despite the intense heat, .
Rangers led at half-time but Foxhall looked to have taken the spoils with two quickfire goals in the second half, only for Rangers to equalise five minutes from time.
Rangers took the lead with a poacher’s goal from Ciaran Kimmance.
Rangers had the chance to double their lead by half-time but keeper Ellis Southerland made a fine penalty save to make amends for conceding the spot-kick.
The Hoops had their chances in the first half when Blackpool keeper Jack Clarke made some good saves, and they came back strongly in the second half to score twice in quick succession and turn the game on its head.
The Hoops hit the woodwork more than once in the second period but their pressure was rewarded when Daniel Gallagher-Parker equalised, converting Ethan Hallett’s cross.
And Foxhall took the lead when left-back Elliot Hammond broke forward well and got into the right place at the right time to score.
But there would be another twist in the tale as Connor Jones’ through ball found the outstanding Kimmance, who netted his second in clinical style.
It meant honours ended even and with both managers satisfied by their season’s efforts.
Rangers boss Charles Peill said: “There was not really much at stake and we finish in mid-table. We still have a game to play but we are ready for a rest. It’s been an OK season and we are building well for the next one.
“We always have good, competitive games against Foxhall Rangers and this was no exception. It was a good battle on a good pitch and well refereed.
Hoops manager Austin Burrows said: “We could have pushed harder for second place perhaps but at the start of the season we’d have settled for third.”
Two-goal Kimmance was dangerous throughout and was named Rangers’ man of the match.
The Hoops choice was Aidan Burrows, who stood out at centre-half and later in central midfield, giving Foxhall control in the middle.