Pools Youth Team had to be content with a point from their Youth Alliance League encounter against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
After successfully negotiating their way through to the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup last week, Ian McGuckin’s youngsters returned to league action as they welcomed The Iron.
It was always likely to be a tight affair and it was a closely-contested match from the first whistle, with both sides looking to get on the ball and create chances.
Pools were putting some good deliveries in to the visitors’ box and a series of corners had them under real pressure but Jacob Owen headed the best of the chances wide of the target.
The game opened up a little after the break but neither team could take full advantage by finding a crucial goal – Jon Weirs came closest for Pools when we ran on to a long diagonal ball, cut inside but fired straight at the keeper.
There was a half chance for Joe Jackson right at the end when Scunthorpe failed to clear a corner but he volleyed an effort just too high.
“Although we didn’t win the game we have to be happy with the defending and keeping a clean sheet,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“We looked resilient and tough to break down which is a good sign so now we need to improve our quality going forward and that’s where the hard work will be focused.”
Full Time: Pools 0 Scunthorpe United 0
Pools: Lawrence, Pritchard, Cooper, Bayne, Owen, Miller, Robinson (Holliday 60), Orrell, Jackson, Boyle (Fox 85), Weirs.
Subs not used: Stephenson, Thompson, Webster.