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