Pools Youth Team face another crucial game in their fight for the Youth Alliance League title when they host rivals Mansfield Town on Saturday lunchtime (12noon kick-off).
Ian McGuckin’s side are currently fifth in the North East Division table but just six points separates the top six with a tense finish looking to be on the card.
Mansfield lie sixth and just two points behind Pools before kick-off this weekend so Saturday’s game could prove pivotal for both side’s chances of landing the title.
“It’s still really tight at the top so it’s exciting for all the teams involved,” McGuckin told us.
“I think Mansfield have lost their last three games so you can be sure they’ll be coming up to our place determined to put that right and get back to form.
“From our point of view we have to be confidence because we won late at Mansfield earlier in the season so we want to try and get the points again.
“But it’s also a good development week for us because I see Mansfield posing a similar sort of threat that we faced against Shildon on Tuesday so I want to see improvement on the way we handled it.”
Conner Rennison is set to return after a calf injury kept him on the sidelines in midweek, while Liam Pritchard will be pressing for a starting spot after recovering from a fractured collarbone but Jack Naylor is a doubt with a knee problem.
The game takes place at Welfare Park in Blackhall Colliery on Saturday and entry is free for all supporters.