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17 November 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Hartlepool United U18
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Chesterfield U18

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Youth Team Aim For Three In A Row

16 November 2018

Conner Rennison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Conner Rennison celebrates

Pools Youth Team will look for a third win in a row on Saturday when they play host to Chesterfield in the Youth Alliance League at Blackhall’s Welfare Park (12noon kick-off).

The youngsters have been in great form of late and their league win over Rotherham United last Saturday has taken them joint top of the North East Division.

Ian McGuckin has admitted that the pain of their FA Youth Cup exit at the hands of Chester last month is providing an extra motivation for his players as they look to prosper in the league.

“We had a really poor performance against Chester and I think they knew they had let themselves down,” he explained.

“Maybe that was the little jolt we needed because since then they’ve looked even more determined to impress and we’ve picked up some great results.

“It’s tight at the top of the league so we’re just taking it game by game but it’s always a good indicator that we’re doing something right and the players are performing well.”

This weekend they welcome a Chesterfield side who sit sixth in a congested table and who are looking for a reaction after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town last time out.

McGuckin will be without Joe Jackson who begins a three-game suspension following a red card, while Liam Pritchard is sidelined with a broken collarbone.

Brook Miller is still around 7-10 days away from a return to full training following a hamstring problem but Coleby Shepherd is back in contention after recovering from a stomach bug.

Kick-off on Saturday is 12noon at Welfare Park and it’s free entry to all supporters if you can make it along to support the youngsters in action.

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Youth Team Fall To Spireites Defeat

19 November 2018

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

Pools Youth Team were made to pay for their missed chances on Saturday lunchtime as they were beaten 2-0 by Chesterfield at Blackhall.

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters started on the front foot and Brad Fox hit the bar after a lovely move had engineered the opportunity for the front man.

Some good defending Harrison Webster kept Chesterfield out at the other end before Pools came close again on the break, Aaron Willoughby seeing his shot saved and then firing over from the rebound.

However, the visitors took the lead in spectacular fashion when they swept down the right flank and a cross was sent in to the middle where it was by an astonishing over-head kick which flew in to the bottom right corner of the net to make it 1-0.

There was a key moment early in the second half when Pools were awarded a penalty but Josh Scott saw his spot-kick saved by the keeper.

The Spireites keeper was kept busy for a period after the penalty miss when he had to tip a couple of shots over his bar as Pools continued to press for an equaliser.

The hard work was undone near the end as Pools chased the game though and they conceded a second on the break when the Chesterfield substitute forced the ball home from close range at the second time of asking.

“From the off the tempo we played at wasn’t what we done in previous weeks,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.

“Having said that, we had more than enough chances to win the game but we just looked jaded today and didn’t play with as much fluency as I know we can and we fell short as a result.

“At half-time we talked about needing a spark and the penalty could have provided that but the long delay between the award and him taking it didn’t help and it wasn’t a great penalty.

“The lads gave everything again, you can’t question the effort and application but we weren’t our usual selves on the day.”

Full Time: Pools 0 Chesterfield 2

Pools: Young, Rennison (James 85), Webster, Boyle, Naylor, Thompson, Shepherd, Fox (Chapman 80), Scott, Leonard, Willoughby.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, McGuckin, Sturdy.

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