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15 September 2018 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Tranmere Rovers U18
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Hartlepool United U18

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Youth Team Must "Sharpen Up" At Tranmere

14 September 2018

Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Youth Team 2018/19

Pools Youth Team will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to face Tranmere Rovers in their second group game of the League Cup (1pm kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters suffered their first league defeat of the season last time out when they were beaten 2-0 at Grimsby Town.

Now he’s looking for the lads to show improvement when they return to cup action and get themselves up and running in the competition after losing to Scunthorpe United in their opening group fixture.

“We’re looking forward to getting back out there,” McGuckin admitted.

“We’ve had a look at Tranmere this week and done some work around that so we’re hoping for a positive performance and the result to go with it.

“It was disappointing at Grimsby last weekend; we lost our concentration for the first goal and the second one was sloppy too so we need to sharpen up defensively but also work on our end product.

“We did well in the League Cup last year so we want to build on that but, to be honest, we approach every game with the same enthusiasm and appetite because we want to do well in all competitions.”

McGuckin welcomes Jack Naylor back in to his squad after he recovered from a back injury but Brad Fox is a doubt to face Tranmere after picking up a hamstring strain.

The fixture will take place at The Campus on Leasowe Road in Wallasey and we’ll have a full report here on the Official Website on Monday.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Frustrated By Tranmere Rovers

17 September 2018

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

Pools Youth Team were forced to settle for a point in their second group game of the Youth Alliance League Cup despite dominating at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters delivered a powerful performance as they looked to respond after a disappointing defeat to Grimsby Town last time out and a defeat.

They were quickly on to the front foot and looked a menace every time they went forward, creating several good opportunities to get their noses in front.

The best of the first half chances fell to Liam Pritchard who found space at the back post to get on the end of Josh Scott’s cross but his header was well saved by the keeper with the goal gaping.

A similar pattern followed after the break with Pools coming close to breaking the deadlock when Joe Jackson fired a shot just wide from close range.

There were also further openings for Jack Leonard and Pritchard but both saw shots blocked as Rovers defended their goal with determination to secure a share of the spoils.

“It was just one of those days in front of goal for us,” admitted McGuckin.

“We could probably have played all night and not scored because we created some great chances all through the game but they just wouldn’t go in for us.

“It was a much better performance than against Grimsby – we looked much more solid at the back and we were pleased with what we did when we had the ball.

“The only criticism has got to be in terms of the finishing because if we had been more ruthless in front of goal we really could have been out of sight and won the game comfortably.”

Full Time: Tranmere Rovers 0 Pools 0

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster, Boyle, Miller, Murphy, Pritchard, Rennison, Scott, Leonard, Jackson.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Willoughby, Naylor.

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