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26 January 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Hartlepool United U18
2 - 3
Lincoln City U18

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Table-Topping Youth Team To Host Lincoln

25 January 2019

Conner Rennison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools Youth Team midfielder Conner Rennison

Pools Youth Team look to maintain their good form this weekend when they welcome Lincoln City to Blackhall’s Welfare Park in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men have tasted defeat just once in their last nine games and have won three of their last four outings to storm to the top of the North East Division alongside Grimsby Town.

However, McGuckin is convinced they are capable of even better and has challenge his players to show their very best against The Imps this weekend.

“The last two games have been the Late, Late Show with the goals haven’t they,” he laughed.

“They’ve not been fantastic performances if we’re being totally honest but the lads have shown great character, determination and endeavour to get the results.

“We will need all of those things again on Saturday but hopefully we can just show that bit of extra quality on the ball as well.”

Pools were beaten 2-0 when they travelled to Lincoln back in September and McGuckin says that the memories of that result and performance can act as motivation for the players on Saturday.

“It’s a game that doesn’t sit well with us because we let ourselves down,” he admitted.

“There were some individual errors that hurt us that day but we get the chance to put it right this weekend.

“We’ve got quite a tight squad so we’ll just take it one game at a time and try to manage the workload for the players but they’re excited for every game at the moment with the result we’re getting.”

McGuckin will be without Harrison Webster who is still a week away from returning after hamstring trouble and Ollie Thompson is a doubt after picking up a niggle in training. Liam Pritchard is back in light training after recovering from a fractured collarbone but remains out of contention.

The game at Welfare Park kicks-off at 12noon and is free entry to all supporters.

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Match Reports

Late Lincoln Goal Stuns Youth Team

28 January 2019

Luca Murphy Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Luca Murphy

Pools Youth Team suffered just their second defeat in the last ten games as Lincoln City scored a late goal in a hard-fought encounter at Welfare Park in Blackhall on Saturday.

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters came from behind twice to look on course to claim a share of the spoils only for the visitors to snatch victory right at the death.

Lincoln got off to the perfect start when Pools allowed their forward too much space to operate in and he fired in a great finish from a tight angle to make it 1-0.

Pools had to wait until just before the half-hour point to bring themselves level; Brad Fox switched the ball out to Conner Rennison and he made progress up the flank before whipping in a left-foot cross which was headed home by Josh Scott from six yards.

However, The Imps regained the lead just before half-time when Pools switched off from a throw-in and, when the initial shot cannoned of the crossbar, it was the away side who reacted quickest to fire home their second goal.

Pools came out strongly at the start of the second half and began dominating possession but they struggled to create any chances of note against a determined City rearguard.

The breakthrough finally arrived eight minutes from time when Scott was upended twenty yards out and Luca Murphy stepped up to smash an unstoppable shot in to the top corner direct from the free-kick.

It looked as though that would wrap up a point for Pools but City had other plans and a misjudgement at the back allowed the visitors in for one final chance which they tucked away to make it 3-2.

“The late goals have gone in our favour in recent weeks but we’ve been on the other end of it today,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.

“The lads were confident going in to the game but we weren’t at our best and only really got close to the standards we set for ourselves during parts of the second half.

“We’re disappointed how it turned out because we shouldn’t be having to score three or four goals to win a home game but we’ll dust ourselves down, learn from the mistakes and move on.”

Full Time: Pools 2 Lincoln City 3

Pools: Young, Rennison, Naylor, Boyle, Murphy, Miller, Willoughby (Jackson 65), Fox (Sturdy 80), Scott, Leonard, Shepherd.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Thompson, Pilling.

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