The odd goal in seven did for Pools Youth Team at Rotherham United.
Pools Youth Team came out on the wrong side of seven goals in their match at Rotherham United on Saturday.
After a bright start by John Hewitson’s side, the hosts came out on top of a refereeing decision to break and snatch the lead.
Pools did have chances to draw level through Dylan Armstrong and Kieran Green but were unable to find the back of the net and Rotherham took their lead into the break.
Early into the second half, the hosts doubled their lead when they pounced on a short pass before making it 3-0 with a great shot.
Rotherham made it 4-0 when a defensive slip allowed them back in and Pools now faced a real battle to keep things respectable.
But they did just that, showing a positive attitude and starting to finally play their own game.
Connor Halpin broke free to play the ball through for Andy Bridges who finished in the bottom corner to make it 4-1.
The next goal came from Halpin who finished off a great team move by turning inside the box to send the ball past the keeper, and Kieran Green converted a Jack Blackford freekick to bring it back to 4-3.
Pools created plenty of opportunities in the second half but just ran out of time to find the equaliser and the game finished 4-3.
“We showed a great spirit to fight our way back into the game,” Hewitson told hartlepoolunited.co.uk.
“We need to work on cutting out these silly individual errors which can leave us with too much work to do.
“But when the lads did find their stride, they put in a good display against a very organised Rotherham side.”
Rotherham United 4 Pools 3 Full Time:
Foden, Carr (Turner 70), Nellis, Nearney, Harbottle, Mitchinson (Bridges 70), Wignall, Green, Armstrong, Halpin, Smith (Blackford 75)Pools:
Varga, SkidmoreSubs Not Used: