Published by Jonathon Swift Wednesday 04 October, 2017

BTEC 'A' team claim win on the seaside

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s BTEC ‘A’ team made it three wins out of three with a convincing 9-3 victory at Blackpool.

The ‘A’ team maintained their 100% start to the season despite the windy conditions on the Fylde Coast, with the players putting in a professional performance from start to finish against the Seasiders.

Rovers contained the hosts after they raced out of the blocks for the opening 15 minutes, but soon enough the visitors gained control of the game and replicated their performances against Preston North End and Carlisle United so far this year.

Second year student Kieran, who scored his second goal in as many games, put in a commanding display in defence for Blackburn, and he was happy they were able to keep the winning momentum going.

He said: “It was a good game and we are pleased with the result. We enjoyed playing on a pitch were a semi professional team (AFC Blackpool) play so all in all, it was good experience.

“For my goal, the ball hit the crossbar and I got a sneaky touch from the rebound to put the ball past the goalkeeper.

“We were strong throughout the game and we scored some very good goals. We passed the ball very well and we have played some good football in all three games so far. It is looking very good at the minute.”

The ‘A’ team’s manager Chris McGrail was absent from the game due to his responsibilities with the NCS programme, leaving fellow BTEC member of staff David Hayhurst in charge of the team.

Hayhurst was happy with the win against a team he was all too familiar with. “The lads were really regimented and we had a couple of lads playing from the ‘B’ team, and they did exceptionally well.

“We deserved to win but Blackpool started the game on the front foot. We managed to catch them on the break for the first goal but they quickly equalised.

“We settled down and managed to go in at half time leading 3-1. We controlled the game in the second half despite conceding two sloppy goals.

“It was my first time in charge of the team, I head up the BTEC education side but they were all superb. I used to work for Blackpool and I know their coach Alex very well, so I knew it was going to be a difficult game.”

Meanwhile, the ‘B’ team faced last season’s league winners, Carlisle United. They unfortunately lost the game despite a spirited performance.

The ‘B’ team played at home, the first home fixture for a BTEC Rovers team this season, at our excellent venue in Samlesbury, the Canberra Club at BAE Systems.

BRCT would like to thank Blackpool for their hospitality and would also like to wish Carlisle United a safe trip back up to Cumbria following today’s matches.

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