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23 February 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Bradford City U18
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Hartlepool United U18

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This Will Be A Tough Test - McGuckin

22 February 2019

Liam Pritchard Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Liam Pritchard slots home Pools' first goal in the win over Hebburn Town

Pools Youth Team face a stiff examination of their Youth Alliance League title credentials on Saturday when they travel to face second-placed Bradford City (11am kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters were beaten 3-1 at Oldham Athletic last time out a fortnight ago but they remain fifth in the table, just two points behind this weekend’s hosts.

The sides were locked at 2-2 in an entertaining encounter when they met back in October and McGuckin is expecting another highly competitive affair on Saturday.

“It will be a tough game, there’s no doubt about it,” he told us.

“Bradford are one of the best footballing sides in the division so it will be up there with one of the toughest fixtures we’re going to have.

“We have conceded a few goals through individual errors so we need to sharpen up on that and if we do that then I know we can be a match for anyone going forward.

“It will suit us that they like to play football on the floor, the pitches at Bradford are usually conducive to that so we want to go there and show what we can do.”

Pools are boosted by the return to fitness of Liam Pritchard who is back in contention to face Bradford after recovering from a fractured collarbone.

Saturday’s game is being played at Rawdon Meadows Playing Fields at Woodhouse Grove School on Apperley Lane and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Pick Up Point At Bradford

25 February 2019

Brook Miller Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Brook Miller

Pools Youth Team claimed a creditable point at second-placed Bradford City on Saturday in a highly-competitive game against one of their title rivals.

The draw saw Pools move up a place to fourth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division table but it looks set to be a tense run-in with just four points separating the top six as it stands.

Ian McGuckin’s men were good value for their point at the weekend, indeed there was even a little frustration that they didn’t manage to win what was a very closely fought encounter.

Pools’ best chance of the first half came when Conner Rennison’s free-kick found Brook Miller on the corner of the six-yard box but he couldn’t make the right connection and the opportunity passed.

Meanwhile, at the other end only a smart save from Brad Young ensured that the game went in to the break scoreless after a good break from the home side.

McGuckin’s youngster could have stolen in front after half-time when Harrison Webster’s marauding run down the left saw him deliver a ball across the six-yard area but Coleby Shepherd just couldn’t stretch enough to divert it in to the net.

Bradford’s best opening came on the counter-attack when they caught Pools out with a swift break forward only to put their final shot just past the post.

“I would say that, overall, we were probably better value for the win,” insisted McGuckin.

“But it was a game played out by two good teams who tried to get the ball down and pass it around in the right way.

“We cancelled each other out for long periods really and chances were few and far between but it’s a clean sheet and a point away from home so we’re relatively pleased with that.”

Full Time: Bradford City 0 Pools 0

Pools: Young, Bell (Naylor 46), Miller, Murphy, Webster, Boyle, Leonard, Fox, Willoughby, Shepherd, Rennison (Pritchard 65).
Subs not used: Thompson, Taylor.

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