SHAUN Whalley scored twice as Accrington Stanley knocked Blackpool out of the Lancashire FA Canterbury Senior Cup at Bloomfield Road.
The Championship side did put out a strong line-up on Tuesday night including striker Ben Burgess and defender Ian Evatt.
And the Reds also had a host of senior players including Graham Branch, Leam Richardson, David Brown and Rommy Boco.
However it was young keeper Martin Fearon who kept the Reds in it, with a stunning one hand save to deny a certain Danny Mitchley goal.
Stanley went straight down the other end and took the lead on 21 minutes when a stinging Brown shot could only be pushed out by keeper Lewis Edge and Whalley pounced and the ball rolled over the line.
Phil Edwards and Branch both entered the referee’s notebook before the break but the Reds held on at half-time.
After the interval, Fearon pulled off another two good saves to keep out Burgess as they looked for the equaliser. But it was Whalley who made it safe ten minutes from time when Boco’s cross in from the left found the unmarked winger who finished well.
Mitchley and Dominic Merella both had efforts which were narrowly off target at the end for the Seasiders but the Reds came through.
Stanley will travel to Preston in the second round, in a tie which has to be played before 31 January. If they get through this, they will be up against Liverpool, Wigan or Bury in the semi-finals.
STANLEY: Fearon, Murphy, Edwards, Branch, Richardson, Dennehy, Carden, Brown, Boco, Miles, Whalley. Subs not used: Grant, Bell, Smith, O’Connor, Turner