Grey Hits Hat-Trick In Youth Team Rout

Joe Grey, Hartlepool United Youth Team

Pools Youth Team outdid their First Team counterparts on Wednesday afternoon – by scoring an astonishing SEVEN goals in a brilliant away win at Solihull Moors.

After seeing Pools hit five in their triumph at Chesterfield in the National League on Tuesday evening, Ian McGuckin’s youngsters followed suit less than 24 hours later.

Having been disappointed by two defeats last week, including an exit from the FA Youth Cup at the hands of South Shields, the Youth Team were keen to put the record straight.

And they did so in style when they travelled to Damson Park, running out 7-1 winners to get their NLFA campaign back up and running in Warwickshire.

“We said to the lads before the game that it was a test of character,” McGuckin revealed.

“Losing games isn’t a nice feeling and it’s obviously not you want but it’s part of football and you need the character and resilience to show through – and I couldn’t have asked any more of the lads.

“It was some feat that we managed to score more than the First Team but it’s great that the Club has enjoyed two great results this week.”

The game actually started poorly for Pools when a misjudgement at the back allowed Solihull Moors to take the lead inside four minutes.

However, Pools recovered quickly and were on level terms on 10 minutes when Joe Grey closed down a defender from a throw-in, won possession and then lobbed the keeper to make it 1-1.

That settled nerves and Pools began knocking the ball around more confidently, building an attack from their own half in to the feet of Grey who then turned and got in behind the defence in the box to lay the ball off for Aaron Willoughby to score.

Grey then took matters in to his own hands on 25 minutes when he looked surrounded by Moors players on the halfway line, only to find an avenue to drive forward and then dink the ball over the advancing goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Pools made the points safe with a fourth goal right at the start of the second half when Willoughby crossed for Grey, who got between two defenders to plant a glancing header in to the bottom corner of the net to complete his hat-trick.

Adam Campbell then drove from midfield before linking up well with Brook Miller, who returned the ball in to the midfielder to finish well from a tricky angle for 5-1.

Miller was the provider again on 69 minutes when his teasing cross in behind the Moors defence picked out Keaton Sturdy who got to the ball first and knocked it home from close range.

The scoring was rounded off seven minutes from time when Coleby Shepherd got in on the act – his cross from the left deceived everyone in the middle and found its way across goal and in to the far corner of the net for 7-1.

“Their coach was very complimentary of the lads and our energy to close down and force mistakes,” added McGuckin.

“That is pleasing to hear and the performance is everything we are looking for so we need to keep that going now.”

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 Pools 7

Pools: Lowerson, Miller (James 70), Thompson (Naisbett 70), Pilling, Webster, Campbell, Gibson, Sturdy, Willoughby (Chapman 60), Grey, Shepherd.
Subs not used: Wilson.