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05 January 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Hartlepool United U18
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Grimsby Town U18

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Youth Team Host Mariners On Saturday

4 January 2019

Ian McGuckin and John Hewitson Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Ian McGuckin and John Hewitson

Pools Youth Team return to action for the first time since the start of December when they host table-topping Grimsby Town at Blackhall’s Welfare Park on Saturday (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men have been left without a fixture due to a combination of bad weather and the Christmas break but he says the players are now desperate to get back out on the pitch.

The Mariners arrive at the top of the pile in the North East Division of the Youth Alliance League but Pools can draw level on points with their visitors if they take the win this weekend.

“The lads are really chomping at the bit to get going,” McGuckin admitted.

“We were really disappointed to lose the Notts County game to the weather so it’s been a longer gap between games than we’d have liked but we can’t wait for Saturday now.

“We lost 2-0 at Grimsby earlier in the season and didn’t really do ourselves justice that day so we’re all keen to make sure we put that right this weekend.”

McGuckin has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for the game with only Liam Pritchard unavailable as he continues his recovery from a fractured collarbone.

Entry to the game at Welfare Park is free to all supporters so make sure you go along and support the youngsters in action if you can make it.

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Match Reports

Goalless Draw For Youth Team

7 January 2019

Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19

Pools Youth Team were held to a goalless draw in their top-of-the-table encounter against Grimsby Town at Blackhall on Saturday.

The Mariners arriving as leaders of the North East Division in the Youth Alliance League and they began the game on the front foot, pushing Pools back in the opening ten minutes.

However, some determined defending from Ian McGuckin’s youngsters helped them weather the early storm and they soon grew in to the game and began creating their own chances.

Josh Scott and Daniel Boyle both came close with low drives which both flew just wide, Brad Fox sent a couple of long-range efforts just off-target, while Coleby Shepherd drew a save from the Town keeper.

However, neither side had much in the way of clear cut opportunities and in the end they both had to settle for a share of the spoils at Welfare Park.

“After the first ten minutes we dominated in terms of possession really,” explained McGuckin.

“We had the majority of the ball for the rest of the game without really coming up any brilliant chances to score, we just lacked that little edge in the final third.

“Fair play to Grimsby though, they defended very well and made it difficult for us – it was a competitive game and we’ll take the point even though we could have had all three.”

Full Time: Pools 0 Grimsby Town 0

Pools: Young, Rennison, Miller, Murphy, Webster, Boyle, Fox, Shepherd, Leonard, Willoughby (Jackson 60), Scott.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Naylor, Thompson.

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