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10 November 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Hartlepool United U18
2 - 0
Rotherham United U18

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Youth Team Return To League Action

9 November 2018

Ian McGuckin Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Youth Team Coach Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team return to league action this weekend with a home game against Rotherham United at Welfare Park in Blackhall (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters have not had a Youth Alliance League fixture in the last three weeks so will be hoping to make up for lost time when they host The Millers this weekend.

Pools have kept their fitness up with a couple of friendlies and they also travelled to take part in a youth tournament at St George’s Park last week where they reached the quarter-finals.

However, they’re now back focused on league action and the battle for points as second-placed Pools look to close the gap on leader Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

“We want to stay up near the top as long as possible,” admitted McGuckin.

“We’ve got a couple of games against Rotherham back to back now because we play them in the cup during the week as well so we’re aiming for two strong performances.

“We’ve not played in the league but the tournament last week was really good so hopefully that will help us hit the ground running on Saturday.”

McGuckin will be without Liam Pritchard who fractured his collarbone during the St George’s Park tournament, while Brook Miller is still sidelined with a hamstring problem and Brad Young is doubtful after picking up an ankle injury.

Kick-off at Welfare Park is 12noon and entry is free to all supporters.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Move Joint Top After Millers Win

13 November 2018

Ian McGuckin paid tribute to one of the Youth Team’s best performances of the season on Saturday as they defeated Rotherham United to move joint top of the Youth Alliance League.

Depleted by injury and illness, Pools were forced to shuffle their pack for the visit of The Millers but they ran out 2-0 winners to move level on points with Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town at the summit of the North East Division.

Brad Fox opened the scoring with a brilliant curling effort in to the top corner on 35 minutes before Josh Scott made the points safe with a close-range finish twenty minutes from time.

“I am really pleased when I look back on it – as pleased as I have been after any game this season,” admitted McGuckin.

“When you look at the personnel we had available to us and the players we had missing, it’s testament to the lads who have come in to be able to go and get a great result like that.

“Michael Roxburgh stepped up from the Under-16s to do really well in goal but we had to make other changes as well and the lads responded with a strong and committed performance.

“As well as the desire and determination, they showed plenty of quality too so I was delighted that they got the result that deserved because it was always going to be a tough and physical game.”

Pools will now look to complete a quick-fire double over their South Yorkshire counterparts when they host them once again in the Youth Alliance League Cup on Wednesday afternoon (1pm kick-off).

Full Time: Pools 2 Rotherham United 0

Pools: Roxburgh, Rennison (Pilling 84), Webster, Boyle, Naylor, Thompson, Fox, Scott, Shepherd (James 86), Leonard, Willoughby (Jackson 75).

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