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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

29 September 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Lincoln City U18
2 - 0
Hartlepool United U18

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Match Previews

Youth Team Set For Imps Test

28 September 2018

Jack Naylor Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press
Jack Naylor

Pools Youth Team can gain ground on the top two in the Youth Alliance League if they can bring three points home from Saturday’s trip to Lincoln City (12noon kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men currently occupy third spot in the table behind Doncaster Rovers and Mansfield Town but with the top two meeting this weekend it’s a chance for Pools to put pressure on.

Pools have lost just once in their opening five league games of the new season and last week’s emphatic 3-0 triumph over Oldham Athletic has boosted confidence levels further.

The Imps have struggled for consistency in the opening months of the campaign but McGuckin says Pools cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to claim another win this weekend.

“The lads did well last week so now it’s all about trying to find some sort of consistency because sometimes that’s difficult for young players,” he explained.

“The Under-16s that have come up this year have done well; they got a sneak preview at the end of last season at the tempo and the physicality which gave them a chance to prepare themselves.

“So far it’s been encouraging even though it’s still early days but we’re pleased with the lads and with the way they’re doing everything we’re asking of them.

“Lincoln will be another tough test though. They can be difficult to play against because they’re quite physical, can play direct and have a structure but we’re looking forward to the game.”

McGuckin welcomes Jack Naylor back in to contention for Saturday’s game after he shrugged off a back problem but Brook Miller could be a doubt after missing some training this week through illness.

The game takes place at The Priory City of Lincoln University on Skellingthorpe Road and we’ll have a full report on the Official Website on Monday.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Pay For Lapses In Concentration

1 October 2018

Ian McGuckin Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Youth Team Coach Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team suffered their second Youth Alliance League defeat of the season as they went down 2-0 at Lincoln City on Saturday.

The game – played out on a difficult pitch at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy – looked to be heading towards stalemate after neither side was really able to take it by the scruff of the neck.

Few chances were created in testing conditions but with a draw seeming the likely outcome, it was the visitors who stole all three points with two quickfire goals twenty minutes from time.

Both goals came courtesy of lapses in concentration at the back with the first seeming to knock the stuffing out of Pools who then struggled to recover their composure and conceded a second soon after.

“There was nothing in the game up until those moments,” rued Ian McGuckin at the final whistle.

“I didn’t really see us winning it but at the same time I didn’t anticipate losing so it’s hard to take the way it all unfolded in the last twenty minutes.

“Once they scored we seemed to go in to panic mode for a little period and that was when we conceded again and once that happened the game was gone.”

Full Time: Lincoln City 2 Pools 0

Pools: Young, Thompson (Thompson 75), Webster, Boyle, Lilley (Miller 70), Murphy, Jackson (Willoughby 70), Rennison, Scott, Leonard, Pritchard.
Sub not used: Roxburgh.

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