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02 March 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United U18
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Mansfield Town U18

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Youth Team Ready For Stags Battle

1 March 2019

Jack Naylor Harry Cook (Shutter Press)
Pools defender Jack Naylor

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.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Fall To Mansfield Defeat

4 March 2019

Aaron Willoughby Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Aaron Willoughby in action for Pools Youth Team

Pools Youth Team suffered an agonising home defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town at Welfare Park in Blackhall on Saturday.

Ian McGuckin’s side knew they would be in for a difficult game against a physical Stags outfit who were looking to recover ground in the title race after three successive defeats.

An even start to the game saw both sides have their moments during the early stages, though clear-cut chances were at a premium in the first half.

Aaron Willoughby almost unlocked the visitors’ defence with a wicked delivery in to the area from wide but nobody in a Pools shirt could get a decisive touch and the ball flew across goal and wide.

Mansfield got their noses in front just before the break when Pools failed to deal with a corner delivered in to the six-yard area and, after a scramble in front of the line, the ball was forced in to the net for 1-0.

Pools came out with determination at the start of the second half and could have been on level terms when Josh Scott intercepted a pass and rounded the goalkeeper but he struck his shot wide from a tight angle.

With ten minutes remaining Pools were caught on the counter-attack as they pressed for a leveller and Town ran down the other end to slot home a second goal.

However, McGuckin’s side didn’t let their heads drop and they had renewed hope on 85 minutes when Coleby Shepherd whipped a free-kick in to the area which took a nick off a defender’s head and flew in to the net for an own goal.

And Pools could even have rescued a point deep in to stoppage time when Danny Boyle hit a powerful volley which came back off the inside of the post and Scott could only prod the rebound wide.

“It was a really disappointing result, especially because we started the game quite well,” McGuckin admitted.

“We knew what it was going to be all about against Mansfield and the lads stood up to the physical test for the most part but the goals we conceded were frustrating.

“To their credit, they kept going until the end though and we were really unlucky not to get that second goal back and what would have been a deserved point.”

Full Time: Pools 1 Mansfield Town 2

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster, Boyle, Murphy, Miller, Willoughby (Pilling 85), Rennison (Shepherd 70), Scott, Fox, Pritchard (Leonard 70).
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Naylor.

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