BJFF Predator Blues defeated Thornton Cleveleys 1-0 in our Poulton Primary League match of the day in the U13 B league
A second-half screamer from George Gasser, who blasted home from outside the box, sealed victory against a TCFC side who went into the game at the top of the table.
BJFF had to withstand plenty of pressure in the first half, when Thornton camped in the Blues half for a spell.
The hosts came more into the game and there were chances at both ends, though it took some outstanding saves from Alex Simmonds to keep Thornton out before half-time.
Thornton’s attacking trio of Jack Glover, Jacob Sackfield and Sam Naidu all had chances but couldn’t beat Simmons.
The deadlock was broken when central midfielder Gasser blasted into the top left corner.
Charlee McGuinness led the way with four goals
Thornton Cleveleys stepped up the tempo and the pressure but BJFF showed great resilience to hold on to their lead.
Scott Douglas went in goal for the second half and made some fine saves. Jack Snee was the BJ man of the match, with Sam Naidu outstanding for Thornton in an excellent advert for the league.
BJFF’s U11s Titans were also celebrating after a seventh straight win in the C league, this time 4-1 away to Poulton Town. Man of the match Ben Howson and Josh Lymer both scored twice for the leaders, with three assists for Lewis Gleave in a superb passing display.
In the same age group, Blackpool Rangers Seasiders withstood a nerve-shredding comeback to defeat Thornton Cleveleys Reds 6-4 at Bispham Gala Field.
Rangers led 6-0 at half-time after Matty Poole made it 2-0 in the first 11 minutes, seizing on passes from captain Ben Wilson and Thomas Doogan.
Man of the match Poole won a penalty seven minutes later, which he took himself to complete a quickfire hat-trick.
Matty’s long shot was then blocked, enabling Nathan Parkinson to score the fourth, and Poole fired a free-kick into the top corner for his fourth and Rangers’ fifth.
Parkinson’s second made it 6-0 after 28 minutes with little indication of the fightback to follow.
Four Thornton goals between the 46th and 58th minutes set up a thrilling finale, and a penalty save by Rangers keeper William Raby spared his side even more nailbiting.
YMCA maintained their position at the top of the U11 table with a comprehensive 9-0 victory away to Thornton Whites.
They were on top from the start and reached the interval with a 4-0 lead.
Charlee McGuiness led the way with four of the goals, with Max Allitt claiming a hat-trick.
Kaiden Pirrie and an own goal completed the scoring.
YMCA U12 emerged with all three points with a 3-1 victory in a keenly contested local derby against Lytham Maroons at Park View Road.
Lytham started brightly and took the lead in the opening minutes but YMCA replied with strikes by Josh Edwards and Spencer Phillips to reach half time 2-1 ahead.
The second half remained evenly contested but Edwards added a further goal to clinch YMCA’s victory.
Mikey Aston and Zayd Ali were both solid in the YMCA defence and keeper Kian Dodgson pulled off a vital save at an important stage of the game.