Something had to give as two unbeaten sides, Lytham Juniors and Foxhall, met in a top-of-the-table under-16 clash in the Blackpool and District Youth League’s Alpha Gold division.
And it was hosts Lytham who maintained their 100 per cent record as midfielder Alex Price scored twice in quick succession.
Foxhall’s outstanding keeper Ellis Sutherland frustrated the hosts for long periods but couldn’t prevent Lytham from climbing to the top of the table.
The visitors competed well for much of the first half, but, lacking a key striker, they didn’t pose the threat they would have hoped.
Lytham had no shortage of first-half chances, though the excellent Sutherland kept them at bay until the closing moments of the first half.
Tom Pinsent saw his header saved and keeper also denied Josh Serghi as the first half progressed
Shortly before the interval Alex Price broke the deadlock from the edge of the box, and there was time before half-time for Price to add his second with a delicate chip.
Dan Pilling and Andy Ford were among the players who went close to increasing Lytham’s lead in the second half.
Josh Serghi scored the third in the closing minutes, racing on to Sam Mitchell’s through ball to finish with style.
Besides two-goal man of the match Price, Daniel Chase and Ollie Seers were also impressive for Lytham.
Keeper Sutherland was Foxhall’s man of the match, keeping his side in the game for much of the first half, but his team-mates couldn’t make the most of their few chances.
But are already relishing the rematch as manager George Young said: “I thought we took the game to them in the first half, which was fairly well balanced, but our keeper has kept us in it.
“We’re having a fantastic season but Lytham’s organisation was excellent. We’re looking forward to getting them back to Common Edge, though.”
Lytham boss Lee Mitchell said: “Their keeper made some fine saves but it was a convincing win.”