Championship - Blackpool field FIVE trialists in friendly win

Crisis club Blackpool began their pre-season schedule with no fewer than five trialists in their starting line-up.

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Championship - Blackpool field FIVE trialists in friendly win
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Jose Riga, Blackpool boss

The Seasiders, who had to cancel a summer trip to La Manga due to a shortage of players, travelled to non-league Penrith with just eight senior pros, none of whom are a goalkeeper, on their books.

There has been speculation manager Jose Riga will quit the club after just over a month in charge and with the Championship season only three weeks away.

But the Belgian was in the dug-out as his team, a mixture of his depleted squad, free agents and youngsters, ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

Former Tottenham keeper Ben Alnwick was in goal while another trialist, ex-Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso, scored twice.

Sergei Zenjov and Bobby Grant completed the scoring for the Seasiders.

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