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.