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Oldham Athletic U18
5 - 2
Hartlepool United U18

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League Cup Test For Youth Team

5 October 2018

Jack Leonard Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press
Jack Leonard

Pools Youth Team return to action on Saturday when they make the trip to Oldham Athletic for their latest Youth Alliance League Cup group game (12noon kick-off).

Having picked up just one point from their opening two Group 6 fixtures, Ian McGuckin is hoping that they can get back to form in the competition this weekend.

Wednesday’s confidence-boosting 5-1 FA Youth Cup triumph over Hebburn Town has lifted spirits ahead of the clash with The Latics and McGuckin says the players can’t wait to get going.

“The lads are buzzing after the game during the week,” he admitted.

“They performed well at the First Team stadium and enjoyed a convincing win so it’s important we look to build on that on Saturday.

“We are really focused on trying to get a couple of good results in our remaining group games to give ourselves the best chance of getting through to the next stage of the competition.

“It won’t be easy at Oldham but with the confidence we have in the squad at the moment we know that if we play well we can get the result.”

McGuckin will leave it late to make a decision on the fitness of defender Jack Leonard who has missed some training this week due to illness but other than that has a full squad to choose from.

The game takes place at Oldham’s Chapel Road Training Ground in Hollinwood and kicks-off at 12noon.

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Match Reports

Pools Beaten By Oldham In League Cup

8 October 2018

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

Pools Youth Team face elimination from the Youth Alliance League Cup after tasting defeat at Oldham Athletic in their latest group game.

Ian McGuckin’s men knew they needed a win over The Latics to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages after picking up just one point from their opening two outings.

However, after a fairly even start to the game, Pools fell behind on 18 minutes and then let another goal in immediately afterwards to give themselves a mountain to climb.

Brad Fox gave them hope when he pulled a goal back just before the half-hour mark after good work down the left-hand side and a great low drive in to the bottom corner.

And Pools levelled things up when the hosts failed to clear a corner and Jack Naylor reacted quickest the ram the ball home from close range.

Just before half-time Oldham restored their lead though when Pools were similarly hesitant in defending a corner and an opposition player got free to score at the back post.

The game was up on 70 minutes when the home side converted a fourth goal through a neat diving header before Harrison Webster fouled his man in the box and Oldham added a fifth from the spot.

“It was a frustrating result but we did change things around for the game so that’s got to be a factor,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.

“We have to all learn the lessons from the defeat and come back stronger in the games we have coming up.”

Full Time: Oldham Athletic 5 Pools 2

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster, Naylor (Scott 60), Miller, Murphy, Willoughby, Rennison (Sturdy 80), Jackson (Pritchard 70), Boyle, Fox.
Subs not used: Roxburgh.

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