Thanks to U15s of AFC Blackpool and Warton Typhoons for stepping in at the last minute to serve as our match of the week after our intended Cottam Hall fixture was postponed.
AFC won’t be complaining, though Warton may not thank us for covering them on a day they were always likely to struggle in a top v bottom Beta Gold encounter.
Even so, the visitors competed well in the first half and restricted AFC to three goals at half-time before the floodgates opened.
And the first half could have been even closer had not Warton been forced into a change of keeper by a hand injury to Keelan Livingstone.
Livingstone was able to play on as an outfield player and went as close as anyone to pulling one back for Warton, when his effort was cleared off the line. At the other end, Connor Fielding, the outstanding Jake Barrett and Will Lanigan all scored twice.
The other goalscorers were Jordan Bruton, David Sanderson and Will Smith.
Manager Martin Allkins couldn’t single out any of the goals as exceptional, pointing out that they were all good team strikes resulting from solid build-up play.
The victory keeps AFC second but boss Allkins knows it will be a tough task to stay there. He said: “To stay second would a huge feat and we’d need results to go our way. To finish third or fourth is more realistic and would be very good.”
Peter McGardle took the helm in midseason at the Typhoons and his squad was building momentum. He said: “We were improving but we haven’t been able to train since Christmas because of the weather.”