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23 March 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Rotherham United U18
3 - 0
Hartlepool United U18

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McGuckin Wants Consistency From Youth Team

22 March 2019

Ian McGuckin
Ian McGuckin

Ian McGuckin has warned his Youth Team players they must not show any complacency as they look for their third victory of the season over Rotherham United on Saturday (12noon kick-off).

After returning to winning ways at Chesterfield last weekend, Pools are back in the race for the Youth Alliance League title but McGuckin knows there is little room for error during the run-in.

They have already beaten The Millers in league and cup this term but McGuckin says that this weekend will offer a brand new challenge for the youngsters.

“We should be confident because we’ve beaten them twice but not complacent,” he explained.

“Last week’s win makes it interesting in terms of the table but we need to build on that result and get back-to-back victories now.

“We want to give ourselves every chance to compete in the closing stages but to do that we have to be totally focused, give maximum effort and finish the season strongly.”

McGuckin’s side are five points behind leaders Grimsby Town ahead of the weekend’s game at Rotherham for which he has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

The fixture takes place at Roundwood Sports Complex on Green Lane in Rawmarsh and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Suffer Millers Defeat

26 March 2019

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

Ian McGuckin admitted he had no complaints about the result as Pools Youth Team suffered a damaging 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United on Saturday.

Pools’ youngsters dropped to fifth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division table following the loss and are now six points behind leaders Grimsby Town with four games left to play.

Having beaten Chesterfield last time out and already tasted victory over The Millers twice this season, Pools approached the weekend game with confidence but things quickly began to unravel.

A risky back-pass proved their undoing for the first goal as the Rotherham striker nipped in to challenge for the ball and when it ricocheted in to the space it was the home side who reacted quickest to knock it in to the net.

The hosts took their lead in to the break but Pools began the second half strongly and Jack Leonard had a couple of great opportunities to score but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Rotherham doubled their lead just after the hour-mark when a shot from the edge of the box was parried by keeper Brad Young but again The Millers forward reacted quickly and slotted home from the rebound to make it 2-0.

Pools were then left with no choice but to chase the game and near the end Rotherham were able to grab a third when a long ball over the top freed the striker who produced a brilliant lobbed finish to seal their win.

“Our concerns before the game were about any complacency sneaking in and I’m not sure if there it was down to that or just the simple fact things didn’t work for us,” explained McGuckin.

“We didn’t play anywhere near the level that we are capable of and Rotherham worked hard for their win and deserved the three points – I have no hassles about saying that.

“There were a few individual errors which really cost us but it just wasn’t our day if we’re being honest so all we can do now is try and brush that off and build towards Saturday.”

Full Time: Rotherham United 3 Pools 0

Pools: Young (Roxburgh 85), Pritchard, Thompson, Miller, Webster, Leonard, Boyle, Naylor, Shepherd, Fox (Willoughby 75), Scott (Chapman 80).
Subs not used: Sturdy, Pilling.

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