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22 September 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Hartlepool United U18
3 - 0
FT
Oldham Athletic U18

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Match Previews

Youth Team Look For Cutting Edge

21 September 2018

Brad Fox Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Youth Team player Brad Fox

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.

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Match Reports

Youth Team See Off Latics

24 September 2018

Pools Youth Team kept pace at the top of the Youth Alliance League table at the weekend with a convincing 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Welfare Park in Blackhall.

The youngsters went in to the game sitting fourth in the table having lost just once in their opening four games and they produced another strong display to see off The Latics on Saturday.

Ian McGuckin’s men were ahead on 17 minutes when Liam Pritchard sent a deep cross to the far post where Conner Rennison was able to nod it back across goal for Josh Scott to head home.

It got better for Pools on the half-hour when Rennison’s dangerous delivery from a corner found Oliver Thompson who met it with a clean header to make it 2-0.

Pools continued to press for more goals but had to wait until ten minutes from time to add a third when substitute Brad Fox pressured the visiting defender in to giving up possession before producing a neat finish for 3-0.

“It was a really positive performance,” McGuckin told us.

“We wanted to build on the last game against Tranmere with another clean sheet but we also needed a cutting edge and for the lads to be more ruthless so fair play to them for doing everything we asked of them.

“It was a really solid display in and out of possession; we dominated the game and controlled possession which meant we limited Oldham’s chances and never really looked in danger.

“It was a difficult game for us, full of incident and there were a few yellow cards flashed about but the lads kept to their tasks and got the three points.”

Full Time: Pools 3 Oldham Athletic 0

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster (Pilling 85), Boyle, Miller, Murphy, Jackson (Willoughby 60), Rennison, Scott, Leonard, Pritchard (Fox 65).
Subs not used: Roxburgh.

Booked: Young, Miller, Rennison, Webster, Pritchard.

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