Pools Youth Team return to action on Friday when they host Scunthorpe United in the opening group game of the Youth Alliance League Cup at East Durham College (11am kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s men got to the Northern Area Final of the League Cup last term and there is real hope they can prosper again this time around.
The youngsters drew 2-2 with Burton Albion on the opening day before beating Scunthorpe 3-1 in their second game to get off to a solid start to 2018/19.
However, they were left twiddling their thumbs at the weekend after the schedule threw up an early blank round for Pools and McGuckin says the lads are now chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch.
The Youth Alliance League Cup begins with a group stage and Pools have been drawn alongside Scunthorpe, Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers in Group 6.
“It was frustrating not to play last weekend but that gave us a little more time to work on the training ground and prepare for Friday,” he told us.
“We’re looking forward to getting off to a good start in this competition like we did last season and it would be nice to have another good run in the League Cup and the FA Youth Cup this year.
“Scunthorpe will no doubt be looking to prove a point after we beat them in the league game two weeks ago so we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing.
“We’ve had a decent start to the season with plenty of positives but there is also plenty to work on as well so hopefully we can improve again on Friday.”
Joe Jackson is a doubt to feature in Friday’s game as he recovers from tonsillitis but Aaron Willoughby is back in the squad for the first time this season after shaking off a groin problem.
Kick-off at East Durham College in Peterlee is 11am on Friday and entry is free to all supporters.