Pools Youth Team are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host Oldham Athletic in the Youth Alliance League at Blackhall (12noon kick-off).
Having picked up a point in their goalless League Cup group game draw at Tranmere Rovers last time out, Ian McGuckin’s men will hope to build on that against The Latics this weekend.
Pools’ youngsters have suffered only one league defeat so far this term and McGuckin says confidence is high as they prepare for Saturday’s encounter.
“We want to try and build on what we did last weekend,” he told us.
“We’re trying to instil that resilience in the lads; we want to be hard to be beat and defensively assured but we’re also looking for them to be more clinical in the final third.
“We have worked a lot on our attacking play in training this week but we still have to remain mindful of our defensive duties and staying strong at the back.
“It’s not gung-ho football, it has to be structured but we’ve worked on a few things we’d like to see come out in Sunday’s game which will hopefully help us improve our end product.
“We want to entertain and it would be great if any Pools fans who aren’t going to Halifax could come along to Blackhall and cheer the lads on because it would give them a massive lift.”
McGuckin will welcome Brad Fox back in to his squad after he missed last week’s game with hamstring trouble but Jack Naylor remains sidelined with a back injury.
The game takes place at Welfare Park in Blackhall Colliery at 12noon on Saturday and entrance is free to all supporters.
We’ll have a full report on the game here on the Official Website on Monday.