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08 September 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Grimsby Town U18
2 - 0
Hartlepool United U18

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Youth Team Look To Maintain Top Spot

7 September 2018

Ian McGuckin
Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team will play away from home for the first time this season on Saturday when they make the trip to face Grimsby Town in the Youth Alliance League (12noon kick-off).

After a superb 4-0 thumping of Huddersfield Town last time out, Ian McGuckin’s youngsters will be full of confidence as they approach the encounter against The Mariners this weekend.

Top of the table Pools are still unbeaten in the league so far this term having won twice and drawn their other game so McGuckin is looking to extend that sequence on Saturday.

“The lads have been in good spirits understandably,” McGuckin told us.

“We had an in-house game this week just to keep things ticking over but we’re top of the league – albeit after only three games – and we want to try and build on that.

“It’s our first away game so the environment will be different to what we have been used to in the first few weeks but we’re looking forward to it.

“One thing we know is that it will be tough – Grimsby had a great result in beating Bradford City 3-0 last week so it is going to be a challenge for us but it’s one we’re excited about.”

McGuckin has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from but looks set to be without Jack Naylor this weekend after he picked up a back injury.

The game takes place at Grimsby’s Cheapside Training Ground in Waltham and we’ll have a full report here on the Official Website on Monday.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Suffer First League Loss

11 September 2018

Ian McGuckin
Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team suffered their first defeat of the new Youth Alliance League season on Saturday as Grimsby Town took the points at Cheapside Training Ground.

Ian McGuckin’s side went in to their opening away fixture of the campaign in good spirits and sitting top of the league after two wins and a draw from their first three outings.

However, after a balanced start to the game, it was hosts Grimsby who went in front on the quarter-hour mark when Kyle Richardson found the space to fire the first goal.

Pools held their own for the majority of a well-balanced first half during which both sides engineered some good chances but McGuckin’s youngsters went in a goal down at the break.

It was The Mariners who got on the front foot early in the second period though and they doubled their lead just before the hour when Lennon Stead tucked a neat finish in to the bottom corner from just inside a crowded area.

From then on Pools applied a severe amount of pressure in a bid to get back in to the game but found Town keeper Ollie Battersby in inspired form and equal to everything they threw at him.

The Youth Team will be back in action this coming weekend when they play the second group game of the Youth Alliance League Cup campaign at Tranmere Rovers.

Full Time: Grimsby Town 2 Pools 0

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster, Boyle, Miller, Murphy, Pritchard (Willoughby), Rennison, Scott (Jackson 75), Leonard, Fox.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Pilling.

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