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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

20 October 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United U18
2 - 2
Bradford City U18

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Youth Team Looking To Bounce Back

19 October 2018

Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19

Pools Youth Team will look to hit back from their midweek FA Youth Cup defeat when they host Bradford City at Blackhall’s Welfare Park on Saturday morning (11am kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men were left disappointed after being knocked out by Chester on Wednesday but get the perfect chance to respond against league rivals Bradford this weekend.

Pools are currently fourth in the Youth Alliance League North East Division, two points and one place ahead of The Bantams who have a game in hand.

However, McGuckin will hope that his youngsters can utilise their home advantage on Saturday to put pressure on Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield at the top of the table.

“We’re well placed in the table and we want to keep our league form going,” said McGuckin, whose side have won four or their seven Youth Alliance games so far.

“It’s natural to be down after a defeat like Wednesday’s but the thing about football is that there is always an opportunity to put things right and that’s what we have to focus on.

“We know that Bradford are a good side too so we’re expecting a hard game but if we can sharpen up our performance and get back to our usual standard then we’re capable of getting the points.”

Brook Miller looks likely to miss the game due to a hamstring problem, while Harrison Webster is also a doubt after missing some training this week through illness.

The game at Welfare Park is an 11am kick-off and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Scott Double Secures Youth Team Point

22 October 2018

Pools Youth Team were held to a draw by Bradford City in a hard-fought Youth Alliance League fixture in Blackhall on Saturday morning.

Ian McGuckin’s men gave as good as they got during the encounter against a talented Bantams outfit who also looked to get the ball down and play as often as possible.

It was a competitive start to the game and there were chances at both ends but it was Pools who struck first when Josh Scott brilliantly intercepted on the halfway line before driving forward and producing a clinical finish to make it 1-0.

However, that hard work was undone almost immediately when Bradford hit back with a stunning goal of their own, a long-range strike which found the net via the underside of the cross bar.

Pools restored their lead before the break though with Scott again charging through down the right-hand side before slipping a low shot under the goalkeeper and in the bottom corner.

City began the second half with real intent and pressed Pools on the back foot though they had to wait until just after the hour-mark to level things up when they took advantage of some over-playing at the back to make it 2-2.

After that there were chances at both ends, with the City keeper making a great save to deny Pools before the visitors almost conceded a disastrous own goal right at the end.

“It was a good point for us in the end,” admitted McGuckin.

“Bradford have some standout players in their squad and I would say they are one of the best footballing sides we have come up against so far this season.

“It was a competitive game and Josh Scott took both of his goals very well so it’s a result we can look to build on in the coming weeks.”

Full Time: Pools 2 Bradford City 2

Pools: Young, Pritchard, Webster, Boyle, Thompson, Murphy, Scott, Fox, Jackson (Rennison 68), Leonard, Naylor, Shepherd (Willoughby 72).
Subs not used: Naylor, Mitchell, Pilling.

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