Pools Youth Team extended their unbeaten run to three games but were disappointed to have to settle for a draw in their Youth Alliance League visit to Bradford City on Saturday.
Ian McGuckin’s side looked to have done enough to celebrate victory when Lewis Orrell’s superb free-kick flew in to the back of the net but City levelled things up to snatch a share of the spoils.
The game started at a frantic pace and Pools soon got themselves on top, dominating possession and starting to cause some real problems for their hosts.
Jacob Owen had an opportunity to open the scoring but rushed his header and it flashed wide, while Connor Simpson’s presence was proving a thorn in the side for The Bantams.
Joe Jackson came close to putting Pools ahead when he got played in behind but the City goalkeeper reacted quickly and the chance was gone.
Simpson escaped through on goal after an incisive pass from Orrell just before the break but could not find the target and the sides went in level at half-time.
Pools continued to control things at the start of the second half and got their rewards when Orrell produced a moment of magic direct from a free-kick to open the scoring.
However, the lead didn’t last and City were able to grab an equaliser when a shot was parried out and converted by an on-rushing attacker.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of Pools and they struggled to recover their composure for a while before putting together a period of pressure towards the end in an attempt to restore their lead.
However, the home side held firm and the points were shared as Pools made it three unbeaten which was at least some comfort to McGuckin and his players at the end.
“An away point is normally one you’d be really happy with but we are a little gutted not to have won the game,” McGuckin admitted.
“We’re three unbeaten now though and that gives us a platform to build so we have to use that in the games we have coming up.”
Full Time: Bradford City 1 Pools 1
Pools: Lawrence, Holliday, Cooper, Bayne, Owen, Miller, Weirs, Orrell, Simpson, Boyle, Jackson (Pritchard 80).
Subs: Stephenson, Robinson, Thompson, Leonard.